Refresh on Foundation StabilisationJune 15, 2018
Here at VIC Underpinners, you know that you’re getting the best of the underpinning industry in the Melbourne area. We’ve been in the business of underpinning Melbourne’s properties for almost 20 years. We’re known for the quality of work that we provide, as well as the consistent and continuous customer support that you deserve. We’ve built a reputation for both the quality of our work and our strong customer service. Part of this is our blog, which we welcome you to! It’s our goal to not only share what’s going on at the company, but what’s going on in the broader industry at large. We know that when we equip you with as much knowledge as possible, you’ll be far more confident navigating your underpinning job. Today, we’re getting back to basics. We’re talking about the foundation (pun intended) of everything that we do. We’re talking about foundation stabilisation – what is it, when do you need it and how it works. Read on and you’ll feel fully educated on the topic.
First up, then when and why. Why do you need to stabilize the foundation of your home? Soil shifts, whether we like it or not. Sometimes it’s just due to time, sometimes its due to reactive clay, but often it’s because of weather and changing levels of erosion in your area. As you might imagine, if the soil underneath your foundation moves, your foundation shifts, buckles and sometimes even moves.
This has a ripple effect on every piece of your home. It means that the floors are damaged, it means the walls are impacted and it even means the roof may be affected. Some of this collateral damage is apparent right off the bat. Floors start to droop, sometimes they sag. They can even detach from the surrounding walls. This is especially problematic because if the walls detach because seepage can occur. When seepage occurs, water comes up through the cracks and straight into your floor. Some of the damage isn’t immediately apparent, but there are still the warning signs to look out for.
But don’t worry, this is all avoidable if you restabilise your foundation. The most common, and often successful way to restabilise your foundation is to take advantage of a piering system. How does a piering system work? Basically, piers made of steel are driven into ground thanks to tiny holes. The holes have been drilled in and then patched. The piers do need to reach a certain depth below the foundation so that they properly support the weight of your home, no matter how large or small. If you’re looking for a visual, you could think about the piers like stilts that are underground.
There is much more to come on this important topic here on the VIC Underpinners blog. Do you have questions? Do you have comments? We hope that you give us a shout. The VIC Underpinners. We’d love to hear from you and determine the best ways to reinforce the foundation of your home.