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UNDERPINNING

Foundation Repair & Underpinning provides additional support to foundations that are unable to safely support existing or planned loads. Hayward Baker’s experience and fleet of low headroom, tight access rigs results in the quickest and least disruptive solution.

Common Uses

  • Improve weak underlying soils
  • Underpin with deep foundation elements
  • Raise settled foundations or slabs
  • Stabilize sinkhole conditions
  • Treat expansive or collapsible soils

Foundations can experience settlement from compressible underlying soils or lateral movements from adjacent excavations, requiring various foundation rehabilitation approaches to stop or correct the movement. As foundation specialists, we have experience with the full range of rehabilitation techniques to provide effective foundation rehabilitation.

A foundation might be underlain by compressible soils or debris that consolidate or decompose over time. Competent soils may be weakened as they ravel into compromised underground utilities underlying a foundation. In karstic regions, sinkholes can cause a building to settle as the soils ravel into a void in the underlying bedrock. Stabilizing the underlying soil can often provide the required foundation support.

Foundation underpinning is an option to treating the soil. Foundation underpinning techniques bypass the problem soils by installing structural elements to transfer the building’s load to underlying competent soils or bedrock. Both underpinning and grouting techniques can be used to raise settled structures. Underpinning foundations can be designed such that the completed solution is below-grade and the aesthetics of the structure are not compromised.

Maximizing Safety & Minimizing Risks

Every construction is unique, which is why we always carefully assess the site prior to starting any work. Before we set off on your basement-lowering project, we will check for any potential hazards or any challenges that may come up while we work on your home. Our assessments ensure maximum safety and minimize risks. Using the latest methods and technology, we can create a cost effective project for you. We will help you keep costs low on purchasing materials and work efficiently to save time.

Modern Technologies & Solutions

You may need basement lowering if your current home was constructed more than fifteen years ago. Unlike modern homes, the basements of older houses were simply designed as utility space for furnaces and breaker panels among others. This design makes the ceiling space too low to walk around comfortably or even use the cellar space effectively. Our services combine modern engineering and waterproofing technologies to increase the square footage in your home, increase your property value and even give you alternative building additions.

Whether you have a traditional block with a footer, poured concrete or sandstone cellar, there are different ways that we can safely lower your basement floor to create more headroom. The amount of time and resources it takes to lower your basement will depend on the new floor depth that you want to achieve. There are also safety standards that we adhere to so your new basement depth is achieved safely.

Before Lowering The Basement

We always have to check on the strength of your foundation and whether it is bowed or has any cracks. If the current condition of the basement is weak, it may not withstand the temporary stress of the basement lowering process. We will recommend foundation repairs first if need be, before we can start working on lowering the basement.

Finally, we will install internal waterproofing which is crucial to protect the newly lowered area from water damage. Good waterproofing is important before the new floor can be poured in to ensure you home still stands on a strong foundation

Do You Need More Headroom in Your Basement?

Are you tired of looking at an old and unused basement space? Looking to increase the value of your house or having an income suite in your basement?

The basements in most houses in GTA are anything but a benefit – they are cold, damp, and too low to be of any use. Even if you use your wet and cold basement for storage, many people can’t trust that their belongings won’t be damaged by water or mold.

Zucco believes that bringing value to your house can be done by using an underpinning method, we are committed to providing quality services throughout GTA for people that want to maximize square footage of their homes without the hassle of having to move.

Don’t let your basement be an eye-sore – increase your functional living space and add value to your home by having your basement lowered today.

Basement Underpinning Toronto Techniques

Underpinning is one of our basement lowering techniques that is the most effective. Underpinning is an effective way of boosting your basement’s space from floor to ceiling, giving you more head room. Underpinning is particularly important for very old basements that were designed to be small and short, often requiring that visitors bend down or crouch in order to travel around.

Underpinning is done by steadily digging down beneath the footing of your home – carefully, the floor and walls must be leveled, and additional supports placed beneath already existing structures. The process is one that must be done incredibly carefully, as the areas involved in underpinning are the very roots of your home. Because of the skill required in underpinning, it’s crucial you hire a skilled team to deal with the construction process.

 

Does Your Home Underpinning Toronto? We Can Help

We believe that no room in your home should be one that you’re ashamed of – that’s why we’ve committed to providing quality basement lowering and underpinning services to those in Toronto and the surrounding Ontario areas.

If you notice something strange in your home’s foundation and are not sure why, Zucco Construction a underpinning contractor in Toronto, will be of help.

Look out for the following signs:

Cracks On The Walls Or Floor Tiles

Cracking in the interior and exterior walls of your home is a sign that something is wrong with the foundation. Our contractors can come in and inspect the brickwork for cracks especially on the exterior. We know just the kind of cracks that are a sign of trouble. Our contractors are qualified to look for consistent cracks in the wall. If the wall has been recently plastered then there could be small cracks, which are usually quite safe.

If you live in an older buildings, it’s common to spot some minor cracks. However, substantial cracks on the wall are a sign of trouble especially in extreme cases where the building is visibly tilting to one side. A failing foundation can result in greater problems like moisture damage in your home, so make sure you call our contractors immediately to step in and investigate.

Lack Of Regular Maintenance

Most foundation problems will be signified by unevenness especially on the floor level. Call us to determine the issue that is causing the floor to appear not properly levelled. It could be a damage to the foundation that needs to be repaired. It may require digging underneath the existing footings to determine the extent of damage to the property’s foundation.

Others signs that your home may benefit underpinning include gaps on the doors and windows, doors or windows that are not closing appropriately or separation of the roofline. If you suspect that your home underpinning, don’t ignore the signs until the damage becomes too costly or difficult to repair. Get in touch with our qualified contractors to prevent further damage.

We’ve underpinning services to many poorly maintained buildings. Old buildings that haven’t been well maintained are prone to cracks and the negative impacts of harsh weather. For instance, long-term drought can take a toll on your property the same way extreme rain and heat does. It’s important to call Zucco.

Looking to making money with your unused space?

Are you looking to turning your house into an income producing thru Airbnb or renting out to students? Underpinning your basement is a good start.

We believe that no room in your home should be one that you’re ashamed of – that’s why we’ve committed to providing quality basement lowering and underpinning services to those in Toronto and the surrounding Ontario areas.