A strong foundation makes a secure building. A poor foundation results in a weak structure which exposes you and your family to danger. Where signs like cracks manifest, it means that your safety is uncertain and something should be done to correct that. Not only so, it means that there is some damage that has taken (is taking) place in the foundations of your property.
The first action involves digging around the wall to identify the amount of damage that has taken place in the foundations so as to determine the amount of repair you need to do. Not all cracks in your foundation are created equal. Some are normal, but others can be a sign that a foundation is damaged. After digging around the wall, a foundation expert will determine how serious is your foundation problem.
The process of repairing the weak or damaged foundation is what is called underpinning. This process involves adding new concrete around the already existing foundation to make the soil around there stable. In return the original footing gets enough support to make the walls resume to the initial levels. But why is it essential to do underpinning to your property?
Preserves The Stability Of Your Property
Sometimes owners of properties realize that the building was not well built after the construction is complete. You may know this by noticing that your house foundation has moved largely thus threatening the stability of your properties. Also, as mentioned previously in this article, the existence of cracks on the wall also shows that the foundations have moved or are sliding thus causing the split between walls.
In this case, to stop the risk of that building from collapsing and killing people, you need to do underpinning. It will preserve the structural stability of your properties and lengthen its life.
Fixes The Mechanics Of Your House
Underpinning your properties allows you to have access to the plumbing, insulation and electrical wiring. That way, you can identify if there is a need to update any plumbing pipes, replace electrical cables or insulate any areas where necessary.
Nevertheless, in cases where you need to deal with electrical wires, always involve a qualified electrician to do that work. Not only has that but also hired an electrical technician who proves to use tools that have been taken care of. Why? The blog familiar with the issue Btrendie says, “Exposed wires and frayed insulations are the most common observable electrical problems of tools. Electrical tapes can be used to cover these, but it is best to have the tool repaired before use as this can cause serious damage and injuries.”
So, even as you underpin your property, be on the lookout who you involve to do the mechanical work.
Allows Removal Of Some Walls
Do you need some extra space for example for a larger kitchen, a gym, an office, a study room and the like? Then, underpinning your properties will give you exactly that by allowing you to remove any extra wall to add new property space.
On the other hand, if you always sweat due to high temperatures in your house, that may be as a result of a ceiling that is too low. Underpinning your property gives you the privilege to lower your basement thus adjusting the height of your roof.
There’s another advantage of adjusting the height. You can now add lighting since the heat will be far from your head.
Increases Value To Your Property
Most property buyers currently are looking for the property that is underpinned. Why? As we have seen in this article, the advantages of underpinning your property are numerous and worth the cost. Not only so, but also most of the property is not underpinned, and that makes your property to have a higher value than any other. Why a higher value? You see, most buyers are running and competing for houses that are underpinned because that also means that the property has a premium structural integrity. Right? This gives you the privilege to set a high price that most buyers can definitely accept.
You now know that underpinning your property will save your life and increase that of your property. Again, you get a cheaper way of getting extra space for whatever purposes there may be.
Moreover, it is cheaper to repair a wall than build a wall. What I mean is this; underpinning saves you a more significant cost than restoring a building that has collapsed. Therefore, it is good to act immediately you notice a few signs like cracks.