What Did We Do Before VIC Underpinning?April 15, 2020
We know, it’s a daunting question. In fact, you’re probably thinking, “Was there a time before VIC Underpinning?” Sadly, yes. And it was a bleak one. Joking aside, there was a time before any of our prolific industry peers were on the scene and the art of reinforcing arguably the most important part of your home was a completely different scene. If you’ve visited the VIC Underpinners site or blog more than once, you’ll have quickly learned that we love to learn. We love to learn and we love to share – specifically with you! So, whenever there’s a question that really stumps us or makes us think, we don’t push it off to the side. We dig in to research (from the safety and comfort of our homes currently) and figure out exactly how to solve the challenge that we’ve unearthed. This can be anything from a tricky home that just has terrain we can’t figure out, to how to work with a particularly challenging set of building council rules. We see a challenge… we race to greet it. And you know what we do next? We share it! Right here on our blog.
Today’s post takes us back in history to that fateful time when VIC Underpinners didn’t exist. Were homes simply floating down hills or moving to the right or left whenever inclement weather hit? Well, yes in some cases. There was definitely a time when reinforcing the foundation of your home was not taken as seriously as it should have been. This was due to a few different catalysts: a lack of knowledge, impatient homeowners and lack of government infrastructure about building standards. While the movement of homes was only rarely of great magnitude, it did set the scene and start the conversation about why such occurrences were happening.
We’ve discussed this before on the blog, but it’s important to revisit the signs of knowing that you have foundation damage. It’s a bit like opening a Pandora’s Box, see one sign and it could be a domino effect towards structural devastation. So, look out for the tell-tale culprits like cracks in the ceiling or walls, doors that stick or don’t swing open properly and moisture where there definitely shouldn’t be moisture.
But you don’t know what you don’t know, so when homes were impacted back in the day, it took a lot of trial and error to ultimately determine what those signs meant. It meant that the foundation either wasn’t reinforced at all (very rare) or done so in a shoddy fashion. Foundations that are reinforced in a less-than-optimal fashion are done so with wood that has seen better days, inexpensive steel or not leveraging all of the right fixtures and tools that keep the platform and the poles in place.