Basement underpinning is the construction work carried out by professional building contractors under the basement of a building. It involves the removal and excavation of the soil under the concrete slab or crawlspace. It aims to make the basement lower to create new support levels, walls, footers, and floors to increase the depth of the basement and strengthen an unstable foundation.
Here are the 5 benefits of lowering your basement:
1. Support for Weak Foundation
The best solution to a weak foundation that cannot support the house any further due to soil types, extreme climates, or poor workmanship that resulted in damaged or compromised integrity of the home. Basement underpinning will help to strengthen the foundation, stabilize the house, and boost the structural integrity of the home. Remedy a weak foundation with a professional basement underpinning. The foundation will be structurally sound again.
2. Increased Ceiling Height and Improved Lighting
Basement underpinning raises the unusually low ceilings of older homes. It increases the headroom of the rooms in the basement that makes the living space attractive and more convenient. In addition, you can remove unnecessary walls and create your dream living space from the new space created by lowering your basement. The space can be used as an extra bedroom, a home theater, or a games room. You can install modern recessed lighting to brighten the space.
3. Expansion of the Home’s Square Footage
Basement underpinning is the best method to expand the square footage of a home. It is very cost-effective and causes little or no disruption to normal routine in the house. It does not affect the walls of the house or require pulling down any segment of the building.
4. Increase in Property Value
An increase in the amount of livable space through basement lowering will result in a significant increase in the value of the building. Besides, the improvement in the quality of plumbing, insulation, and electrical systems of the home, made possible by basement underpinning will also contribute to an increase in the home’s value. As the homeowner, you can rest assured of an increase in the resale value of your property.
5. Increase in Safety
Lowering your basement helps to increase the safety of your home. It prevents the house from sinking or slanting since all the threats to the structural integrity of the home will be catered to. Besides, basement underpinning eliminates mold growing in the damp condition, which has potential health risks for residents of the house. The building becomes safer in terms of structure and occupants’ health.