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Here at Southern Foundations & Piling Ltd,
We are catered towards the domestic and commercial clients, We have great teams of piling & Underpinning contractors who are all in house trained and employed by our company and do not source outside contractors to take on work under our name. Our teams cover all over the south of the Uk and we have a wide variety of piling machines to undertake almost any job. We can undertake all of the associated ground works which go with piling so we can do the ground beams or your Rc raft ready for the builder to build straight on. We can also undertake full designs with our structural design team or work with your structural engineer always with a cost effective and practical method in mind. We like to offer a transparent service with no hidden or nasty extras at the end of our service and pride ourselves on being fair and honest to all of our clients.
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Underpinning is not needed by all buildings and homes. But if you think that your building’s structure is wearing out and is no longer as strong as it used to be, then you might need to consider underpinning. If you are considering it, then you can opt for our team of experts at Southern Foundations Piling as we provide the best underpinning in Essex.
What is Underpinning?
So what is underpinning? It is the reinforcement of a building’s existing foundation. If your property has started cracking and the cracks are largely visible, then the building is literally yelling for an underpinning. In this procedure, footings are installed underneath the existing foundation of the building. They help provide extra strength to the building that might be otherwise, falling apart or not as sturdy as it should be.
Underpinning Essex helps you in making the foundations or roots of your building or house more powerful, so that is stands tall and strong for the years to come. But why does the need of underpinning occur? Is it an indication of weak piling? Or does it happen naturally over the passage of time? This is absolutely natural. The soil structure keeps altering all the time and over years, it changes largely. When the structure alters a lot, due to any external changes, the need of underpinning occurs. It is not an easy task and it is very important to choose the right company to do the job for you.
When is underpinning needed?
Underpinning is required when a building’s or home’s original foundation doesn’t remain strong. There are two major reasons why it happens:
- The soil that supported the foundation of the house/building has changed. There are various reasons why it might change, i.e. due to subsidence, moisture contraction or plumbing dilemmas that have been left unaddressed for a long time.
- Secondly, it might occur due to the weakness of the original foundation. If the contractors did not attend to piling your house properly in the beginning, the base can start getting weaker, earlier than you might have planned or thought of. If this happens, make sure that you do not opt for the same company again and look for better construction companies to perform underpinning.
Rarely, there are some other reasons that add to it as well. Like:
- A major renovation that might have changed the original structure
- Any construction in your nearby areas as they might affect the soil
- Natural situations or disasters like floods or earthquakes etc. which have the capacity of changing soil and foundation structures.
What situations cannot be fixed through underpinning?
This is very important to know and understand as many construction companies might scam you into believing that certain situations can be dealt through underpinning Essex. But in actual, they might not be. Thus, it is crucial for homeowners to understand when underpinning cannot be helpful. Our team of experts make sure to let the clients know when underpinning will be of no help, to save the customer from hassle.
Issues that are related to slab heave or clayey soils, cannot be fixed by underpinning. It is best to not try and fix issues that are related with movement of clay, through underpinning as it is useless and wouldn’t help you or your property. It is only going to waste tons of your money.
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Time span required for Underpinning
So how much time does it take to underpin a home? This varies from house to house and the situation of the property too. The number of footings decides the time span that is required for underpinning the house. Construction companies for underpinning in Essex make sure to clarify the timeline before starting the project. Our team of experts creates a proper schedule with all the deadlines, to make sure that the client has a clear game plan in front of them. This helps us in performing our tasks accordingly too.
For example, if your house has a requirement of 10 underpins then it will take around 2 weeks to underpin the house. On the other hand, if the entire house is in need of underpinning Essex, then it will take around a month to get the job done.
Underpinning is a complex task and it must be performed by professionals. If you choose us; our team at Southern Foundations Piling, makes sure to provide you with impeccable services within a budget. We believe in serving our customers in the best way possible to keep them free of stress.