It is the process of strengthening, stabilizing and re-fortifying the base of a wall when the original structure is not strong or stable enough. Visual indicators of such a structural issue where the underpinning could be the culprit includes cracks in walls, foundations and shifting or moving walls.
Causes of failure are many, but may include a usage change in the original structure, the original physical soil base has deteriorated, other proximity excavation or simply age.
Bench footings are a second option, which are more intrusive but used when conditions (such as soil substrate) requires such a method. The decision is generally based on an engineers design and will be considered independently of the home owner or Foundations First input.
This job pictured below was for a basement lowering and a new walkout. This included full structural support, wall removal, benching and internal water control.
In this basement lowering, new footings, walls, and underpinning were required. A sump pit and draining system was installed. The ceiling was re-supported and a new floor was poured.
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