What is Underpinning?
Foundations can have many different issues over time. To repair faulty foundations, underpinning is an effective technique used to increase foundation depth and repair the structural stability of the foundation. A very common sign that your foundation may benefit from underpinning services is when cracks become visible. Once you start to notice any cracks, it’s a good idea to call in an expert right away before the issue becomes worse.
Common Reasons for Underpinning a Foundation:
- The original foundation of the building or structure may have been poorly constructed. This makes the foundation become weak or unstable over a long period of time.
- Underpinning can be necessary if the building is going to be converted for a heavy-duty application in order to increase the capacity and reinforce the foundation.
- Underpinning can also be a quality solution if you’re having issues with the soil that your structure rests upon.
- If you’re building a new structure but choosing to reuse the existing foundation, underpinning may be required.
Depending on your building’s situation, it may require deep excavation before underpinning takes place. One of the most common methods of underpinning is through a mass pour method. This involves excavating different sections at a time and placing concrete on each pit. Other methods of underpinning involve screw piles and brackets, or a pile and beam method.
No matter what your building’s foundation needs, the experts at AquaGuard Foundation Solutions can diagnose the issue and provide a solution to help get your foundation back in shape. Need an expert opinion? Contact us today to get your free quote for underpinning services. We service areas in Georgia including Marietta, Atlanta, Decatur, Alpharetta, & many surrounding areas.