Basement Lowering

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Why Lower Your Home’s Basement?

Sometimes a basement needs to be deepened so a homeowner can have more room for storage and easier access to underground utilities. Other reasons to lower a basement are financial. Finished basements are ideal for extra living space. Some people lower the basement to create apartments. Then those apartments can be rented out to future boarders. Finished and comfortable basements increase the value of property.

Lowering a Basement: Steps Involved

  1. The first step to deepening a basement is to break up the concrete already laid for the floor. Then the debris should be removed.
  1. Next the house should be properly secured and the foundation should have some underpinning done to keep the home level.
  1. Then the basement should have waterproof membranes laid down to compensate for the fresh digging. Any water lines, meters, sewer lines, and things like sump pumps should be moved to fit their new location. This is one of the many reasons an engineer is so important to the project.
  1. Finally when all the systems are worked out and the foundation is bolstered, then the radiation slab is ready to be poured. Once the slab is dried, then additional waterproofing should be done to protect the new material.

The Pros

  • Lowering a basement floor adds value to property.
  • The process gives the homeowner more space and storage.
  • Finished basements are good hiding places during storms.

The Cons

  • Not a Do-it-yourself project.
  • The job requires detailed information on the layout of your utilities. This is why an engineer is so important.
  • Not a quick process.

What to Consider

Lowering a basement floor is a very detailed oriented job. Engineers are responsible for the safety of the home and the crew working on it. Sewer lines, water lines, and other utilities should be located before the project starts. Once they are found the engineer can devised a plan to reinsert them into the new building design.

Something else to consider is never try to attempt a job like this without a plan. Professionals spend most of the job plotting out the most efficient method of adding onto an existing structure. Always call a professional for this kind of work.

Lowering a basement floor can open up a lot of new possibilities for home owners. However it is not an easy project. Professional crews are the safest people to trust with this work. So much goes into a lowering project; from the placement of utilities, to the structural integrity of the home. Although it is a very involved process, the benefits are well worth the few days or weeks of construction.

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Dan