Like many families, it took a while for us to purchase our new home. The main reason behind this is of course, money. After getting married, my wife Jenny and I rented a small flat near our business. But of course, we knew that we had to have our own home for our growing family. After three years of saving and scouting, we finally decided on somewhere. Our three-bedroom home is our dream home. We also have a basement which functions as a storage and laundry area.
Our Problem: Subsiding Soil
Late last year, almost ten years after our home was built, we noticed that the foundation of our home was beginning to weaken. This was after our regular general cleaning when we saw cracks on the wall of our basement. The very next day, we asked one of the construction firms to check on our basement. As it turned out the foundations were beginning to weaken because of the subsiding soil structure. He said that we should not be alarmed but we should consider basement underpinning before things got worse.
Our new larger basement
We also decided to enlarge our basement at the same time as our family had grown up and we needed the extra space. After a few weeks our basement was as good as new! And the best part is that we know that the foundation is now stronger than ever. Having the extra space too was really important to our family. The basement was higher as well which was good and we can now use it as a proper space other than just storing and washing clothes! I now have a place to carry out my hobby properly. I make picture frames and it keeps everyone in the family happy instead of me taking up space in the dining room!
Do You Need Basement Underpinning for your Home?
Cracks were the warning signs of the weakening foundation of our home. In case you don’t see cracks here are the questions you may want to ask yourself:
- Is your house beginning to tilt sideways?
- Are floors becoming uneven?
- Are doors and windows becoming hard to close and open?
If your answer is yes to these questions then it you need to seek professional advice.
Benefits of Basement Underpinning
There is no denying that basement underpinning costs money not to mention the trouble of having your home restructured. However, believe me when I say that those issues are definitely outweighed by the following benefits:
- Safety for the family – A weakening house foundation is an accident waiting to happen. Getting your basement underpinned will alleviate the risks since its ain goal is to strengthen the structure where your house sits upon. This gives you peace of mind knowing that your home and consequently your family, is safe and sound.
- Increases your basement space – Underpinning your basement is also an opportunity for you to increase your basement height. Since the basement structured will be altered, make the most of the trouble and have your basement space increased. This promises to open up additional space for storage or even for your family’s entertainment hideout.
- Increase the value of your home – If you are planning to put your house up for sale or just want to increase your equity value, then basement underpinning is a great investment. Potential buyers will surely be impressed seeing that your house is in tip top shape.
Do not underestimate the benefits of basement underpinning for you and your family. Sure it will cost money and time but safety should always come first. And come to think of it, the investment you make will surely pay off in the future.
Luigi Smith has been a regular blogger and contributor to some magazines. He has moved around several provinces but now is settled. Currently he writes about homes and making improvements for Aqua Master Plumbing.