In areas where there is a lot of loose, damp soil, foundation walls can often give under the pressure (literally!) and collapse from the weight of the mud. As you can imagine, this creates quite the issue for many homeowners. A foundation wall that collapses can do a lot of damage to the home itself, especially the portion of the home it was supporting also collapses. In order to avoid this situation, lateral reinforcement processes can be followed in order to help reinforce the foundation wall – or walls – in question. Let’s take a look at how that process might appear.
There are a number of factors that influence whether or not a foundation wall might need lateral reinforcement. Soil pressure, the foundation wall’s thickness, and the condition and type of foundation in question are all things that must be assessed in order to determine whether or not lateral reinforcement is to be used. Once this has been determined, our specialists move on to the next stage.
One of the most common ways to provide lateral reinforcement to foundation walls is by using steel cast directly into underpinning. If this is not an option, wood backup walls can also be installed, anchored to the joists above the wall and the concrete slab itself, to help keep the lateral loads manageable.
Are you interested in learning more about lateral reinforcement and how it can help you? If so, contact Basement Underpinning Toronto today! We are more than happy to answer your questions and find a great solution for your lateral support issues.
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