If you have started to notice cracked brickwork near the foundation of your home, then you may already know that repair will need to occur. What you may not know are the options that you have for that cracked brickwork repair and how severe the repairs will need to be. Although your first step is calling a brickwork and underpinning contractor, your next steps may not be as clear. Here are a few of the options you may be given and what to know about each one:
One of the first options you will likely be given is to have concrete underpinning performed on the home. This deals directly with the concrete foundation of your home to help build up the concrete, smooth out any sinkholes or dips in the concrete, and strengthen the concrete. This is usually done when the only damage that is found is due to the concrete settling in an uneven manner which leads to the brickwork cracking and breaking.
Beam and Base Underpinning
Beam and base underpinning is another option that a contractor may offer if the issue seems more severe and deeper than concrete leveling. Beam and base underpinning need a second underpinning step by strengthening the beams and base of the home itself. The key point of this type of underpinning focuses on leveling out the load of the home evenly around the base of the home and along the beams of the home. This puts less pressure on the concrete and reduces damage to the brickwork of the home.
During the process of the underpinning, both concrete as well as beam and base, your contractor may notice that the soil is weak around the base of the home. This may lead the contractor to suggest a soil strengthening along with the underpinning. This step places resin within the soil around and under the home. This helps harden the soil which will keep the soil from settling or sinking, in turn preventing the underpinning and concrete from becoming weak or settling unevenly. This can be done with techniques that inject the resin directly under the home and foundation or techniques that can place the resin around the base only. The technique will be determined based on the severity of the repairs and the strength of the soil.
If you are ready to move forward with the repair work for your cracked brickwork, contact your local underpinning contractor. They can provide a consultation and price estimate for your situation.