Underpinning means reinforcing a foundation already in place. The reason to reinforce a foundation could be to carry extra weight or that it was badly built, has decayed, or there is a possible drop/sink in the foundational structure. If the owner wants to increase the basement ceiling height then underpinning is performed. This is where the basement is lowered to increase the height. Underpinning is performed when the basement is no more than a small storage room and the owner requires extra space or to make it livable by making room for head height
Basement lowering provides you with greater basement height as well as increased equity to you home and a healthy, clean environment. It’s the most effective means to creating space in your basement. The costs can depend on the dimensions of your basement, excavation depth, types of soil, existing foundation factors, your sewage lines and the location of your water supply. All the information needs to be thoroughly reviewed before an expert can come to start work. Basement lowering also has the additional benefits of increasing the airflow in your livable space and subsequently decreasing humidity providing much need ventilation.
We handle all the permits and documents required to start your basement lowering. It is always completed with engineered drawings that plan the entire process with the available blueprints and approved city permits.
A basement walkout allows you to have a separate basement exist to your existing basement. This can provide you with additional income if you choose to rent out your basement and provides a separate entrance outside from the rest of your home. Currently, if your home has only one entrance/exit then you need a contractor who specializes and has expertise in walkout basements.
Hire the underpinning experts to have your separate basement walkout. If not done properly, it can lead to basement leaks and major damages to your home including the foundation walls which supports the structural integrity of your home. It is important to consider all factors when installing your separate entrance including weather conditions and groundwater.
Underpinning has been Ontario Underpinning Inc. specialty for the last 10 years. Our years of experience in structural projects has allowed us to properly replace and /or reinforce steel beams, posts, footings and foundations according to engineering drawings and specifications.
We also include in our services BCIN stamped drawings, building permits, proper under slab drainage and installation of sump pumps.