If you’ve lived in the Regina area for any length of time, you probably know someone with a leaky basement, or maybe you have basement issues of you own. Cracked and wet foundation walls, standing water on the floor, sagging or sinking corners of you home – Regina is famous for these kinds of foundation issues. But, what causes these things to happen? Well, the simple answer is that it is the ground your home is built on.
The soil in this area of Saskatchewan is known as “Regina gumbo.” It is composed of clay left behind by a huge lake that covered the area at the end of the last Ice Age. The clay contains sodium bentonite which turns the soil into a giant sponge, allowing it to absorb massive amounts of water. As the soil absorbs more water, it expands. As it expands, once stable foundations shift and sag, leading to cracks and leaks. Sometimes homeowners think they can fix the issues themselves and end up making things worse. They also can end up spending far more money than if they had just called an expert.
The good news is there are sure-fire ways to fix the problem and prevent further issues down the road. One of these solutions is called “foundation underpinning”.
What is underpinning?
Underpinning is when an existing foundation is reinforced with metal, concrete or both to make it more stable. Sometimes, a foundation is improperly designed and begins to fail. In other cases – especially in Regina, ground conditions can change which leads to the settling or sinking of a structure. Underpinning addresses these problems and results in a more stable foundation. Depending upon your situation, there are a number of different types of underpinning that can address the issue. JS Basement Works specializes in installing bored concrete friction piles or screw piles as part of our foundation underpinning process.
It is important to understand what exactly is causing your foundation issues so that the proper technique can be used. Consulting an expert that is familiar with the conditions and common issues in the Regina area is vital. Only then can you identify the causes of your foundation woes and how to fix them correctly to prevent further issues from popping up.
JS Basements has been successfully dealing with foundation issues in Regina for over 10 years. We are the go-to team of trusted basement repair experts when it comes to correcting concrete foundation problems. Don’t trust such an important job to amateurs. If you’re dealing with a cracking foundation, a wet basement or structural shifting, reach out to us today for a free, no-obligation estimate. You can call us anytime at 306-337-1850 or fill out the form on this page and we will get back to you as soon as possible!
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