If your home has subsidence problems, then you might need to underpin the foundations to get things straight again. While traditional underpinning solutions work well, there are times when you can use a more modern non-invasive fix.
How does this kind of underpinning work and what are the advantages of using it?
What Is Non-Invasive Underpinning?
If your property needs to be underpinned, then you basically restabilise its foundations. You find a way to lift them up or make them even again.
Traditional methods, such as concrete pours or piles, involve a lot of work under the building. For example, you might need to remove a lot of earth under your property before you can fill the space with a concrete pour. You'll have to dig out space in insert supporting piles.
Non-invasive underpinning techniques work differently. Here, you inject a special solution, like a resin or chemical mix, into holes in the ground. The injected material then expands, cures and dries to fill in problem areas and restore them to the correct position.
Why Use Non-Invasive Underpinning?
If you use traditional underpinning techniques, then you have to accept that there'll be some major work going on under your property. Your contractor will have to dig out some or all of your foundation earth to prepare it for the underpinning fix.
You may need to add supports to your property during this process. If you have a really big job ahead of you, then you might have to move out until the work is done. Even if you can stay in your home, you might have to secure furniture and household objects to prevent falls and breakages.
If you use a non-invasive underpinning solution, then things get a lot easier. Your contractor only has to do a minimal dig to create injection holes. You won't have any of the hassle, disruption or mess that you'd have with an excavation process.
This is also a quicker process. With no major excavation work, your contractor can start underpinning virtually immediately; injection materials start fixing the problem as soon as they go in. They also cure, dry and harden a lot faster than concrete.
Remember that not all foundation problems suit non-invasive remedial techniques so it's a good idea to take professional advice before you decide which way to go. To find out more about the best way to fix your problem, contact local underpinning services contractors.
If you have more questions about underpinning services, contact a local contractor.