Underpinning and Shoring
If you see cracks in your exterior walls or have doors and windows that won’t close properly, these can be signs of foundation problems. It might be time to consult a structural engineer for a solution to ‘underpin’ your property. Structural engineers have the expertise in building structures and foundation design that take into account load paths and mitigate movement-related stresses through preloading.
What is Shoring?
Shoring is the process of supporting a structure during construction in order to prevent collapse and protect workers.
Do you have cracked walls or sinking floors? If your building or foundation has somehow become unstable, you definitely require the services of a structural engineer well-versed in underpinning and shoring. The entire building doesn’t have to be demolished as most structural vulnerabilities can be fixed through the application of engineering solutionss
What is Underpinning?
Underpinning is the process used to strengthen a structure’s foundation, usually to a deeper bearing depth. Underpinning may be necessary for a variety of reasons:
- In order to protect an existing building from the danger of excessive or differential settlement of foundation
- The construction of a new building with deep foundation next to a building built on shallow footings
- In order to provide a basement for an existing building
- In order to increase the bearing capacity of existing foundations to sustain the addition of another storey to the building
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