Basement Underpinning / Lowering Toronto

Are you ready to unlock the full potential of your basement and transform it into a functional and inviting space? Look no further than Concrete Master, the leading expert in basement underpinning and lowering in Toronto. Our team of highly experienced specialists is dedicated to exceeding your highest expectations with remarkable results. With our excellent underpinning services, you can achieve your basement’s full potential and make it into a functional and inviting space.

Basement underpinning and lowering comprises a variety of processes designed to improve structural integrity and optimize the usable area in your basement. Underpinning improves your basement’s foundation, offering additional support and stability. This method is very useful for homes with unstable foundations or for adding additional floors to an existing structure. Lowering, on the other hand, involves excavating the soil beneath the foundation in order to raise the ceiling height and create a more open space.

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Underpinning Process

At Concrete Master, we recognize that every basement has its own unique requirements. Our meticulous underpinning process is specifically designed to not only establish a solid foundation but also maximize the usable space in your basement. Here’s an in-depth look at how our comprehensive approach covers various aspects of construction, ensuring outstanding results:

Assessment and planning

Our highly qualified team of specialists will do a thorough inspection of the existing state of your basement. We examine the structural integrity, soil conditions, and any specific issues that your site may provide. This thorough examination enables us to obtain a thorough grasp of your basement’s particular requirements. We take the time after the evaluation to participate in a collaborative dialogue with you. We would like to know about your basement project’s goals, visions, and requirements.

Our staff values your feedback and strives to include it in the planning process. We carefully listen to your needs and ensure that our plan precisely fits your expectations. We build a thorough strategy particularly customized to your basement’s individual requirements based on the information acquired during the first examination and our conversation with you. Our skilled specialists apply their expertise to develop a precise roadmap that defines each phase of the underlying process. We examine things like the existing structure, your budget, and any special design preferences you may have.

Prepping the basement

The underpinning process begins with the removal of all belongings from the basement, making room for a fresh start. This phase guarantees that the contractors operate in a clean and open environment, laying the groundwork for a smooth basement renovation. After clearing the basement, our team of specialists begins the removal of old flooring, walls, and other finishes. This demolition is done with care to produce a clean slate for the underpinning process.

Adding supports for the new basement

To enhance the structural integrity of your home during the underpinning process, we prioritize the installation of new structural beams and columns. These supports are specifically designed to bear the weight of the home permanently, eliminating the need for temporary supports that may not provide the same level of stability. By carefully analyzing your home’s foundation and assessing the load-bearing requirements, we strategically position and install these new supports to bolster the overall strength of the structure.

Basement Underpinning Toronto
Basement Underpinning Toronto

Removing concrete flooring

While it is certain that removing concrete floors can be difficult, our team at Concrete Master is well-equipped with the knowledge and equipment to complete this operation quickly and efficiently. We begin by precisely locating the position of the utilities within the basement to guarantee a smooth and successful operation. This critical step allows us to operate around these utilities without disrupting or damaging them. Power tools may be necessary if the concrete floors are more than 4 inches thick or reinforced. Our professionals are well-versed in dealing with such situations, using power tools with precision and care. We can identify the best technique and scope of repairs by carefully examining the thickness and reinforcement of the flooring.

Soil excavation

More than only concrete removal is involved in the underpinning process. It entails increasing the basement’s height, which needs substantial excavation work. Excavation is a vital step in gaining more space in the basement. To accomplish the necessary height rise, the soil is carefully excavated. Depending on the accessibility of your basement, various methods are used to assist in the disposal of excavated dirt. Conveyor belts or wheelbarrows can be used to carry soil out of the basement. The approach utilized will be determined by the specific access points available.

Underpinning each section in sequence

To assure the highest precision and durability, we use a methodical technique. To begin, we divide the perimeter of your basement into three equal portions. This division enables us to handle both the excavation and concrete pouring processes more effectively. Our skilled staff then precisely pours concrete into each section, creating a uniform and stable foundation. We leave a two-inch space between the newly poured concrete and the original foundation when we pour the concrete. This gap is critical because it allows the subsequent process of filling it with non-shrink grout to take place.

The non-shrink grout fills the space, allowing the newly poured concrete to be joined to the old foundation without any gaps. This rigorous technique provides a strong and durable link between the two pieces, preserving your basement’s structural integrity. When the first portion is finished, we go on to the second area, repeating the excavation, concrete pouring, and non-shrink grout application process. This methodical technique enables us to work effectively while maintaining the overall stability of your home during the underpinning procedure.

Foundation Waterproofing

We include cutting-edge waterproofing solutions as part of our comprehensive underpinning process to protect your basement from water damage. Our skilled team applies modern methods and high-quality materials to build a strong barrier that keeps water out of your basement. This rigorous waterproofing method not only gives you peace of mind but also ensures a dry and pleasant environment that you can confidently use for a variety of purposes.

New under-slab drains and rough-ins

We provide a variety of extra options to increase the adaptability of your space. One of these possibilities is to install new underslab drains, which can enhance the functioning and efficiency of your basement. These drains are deliberately located to control water drainage, maintaining a dry and well-kept area. Furthermore, we offer rough-ins for future bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens, allowing for seamless integration if you wish to extend the possibilities of your basement in the future. Our professional staff precisely organizes and conducts rough-ins, assuring appropriate placement and operation of the essential plumbing and electrical infrastructure. This forward-thinking technique not only adds value to your basement but also allows for future expansions without requiring significant alterations.

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What Type of Permits are Required for Basement Underpinning in Toronto?

In Toronto, basement underpinning projects necessitate a range of permits to ensure compliance with local regulations and safety standards. Understanding the various permit types and their respective requirements is crucial for a smooth and legally compliant underpinning process. Here are the key permits often needed for basement underpinning in Toronto:

Building Permit: This is the primary permit required for basement underpinning projects. It covers structural modifications and ensures that the work meets building code standards. The Toronto Building Department is responsible for issuing these permits. For detailed information and to initiate the application process, you can visit the official Toronto Building Department’s website.

Zoning By-law Approval: Zoning regulations can impact basement underpinning projects, affecting aspects such as setbacks, height restrictions, and land use. It’s essential to obtain zoning by-law approval to ensure your project aligns with local zoning requirements. More information on zoning and land use regulations can be found on the City of Toronto’s website.

Heritage Permits: If your basement underpinning project involves a heritage property or a property located in a designated heritage conservation district, you may need heritage permits. These permits are designed to preserve historical features while allowing necessary modifications. Specific requirements and application procedures can be found on the City of Toronto’s heritage preservation website.

Excavation Permit: Excavation permits are typically required when extensive digging is part of your basement underpinning project. This permit ensures that excavation work adheres to safety and environmental standards. Detailed information on excavation permits can be found on the City of Toronto’s website.

Plumbing and Electrical Permits: If your underpinning project involves plumbing or electrical modifications, you’ll need separate permits for these trades. These permits are essential to ensure that plumbing and electrical work meets code requirements and safety standards. Information on plumbing and electrical permits can be obtained from the City of Toronto’s Building Department.

It’s important to note that the specific permit requirements for your basement underpinning project may vary based on factors such as location, property type, and the scope of work. Therefore, it’s advisable to consult with the appropriate city departments and professionals to determine the exact permits needed for your specific project. Staying informed about permit requirements and adhering to them is not only a legal obligation but also crucial for the safety and success of your basement underpinning endeavour.

Thinking of undertaking a basement underpinning project in Toronto? Working with Concrete Master, we take care of all of these permits on your behalf. Contact us today at (647) 498-9131 to get started on your basement underpinning project and get a free quote. Our friendly team is ready to answer any questions you may have and provide you with a personalized consultation. Experience the Concrete Master difference and let us exceed your expectations with our exceptional craftsmanship and commitment to customer satisfaction.

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How much does Basement Underpinning cost in Toronto?

The average range for underpinning a basement in Toronto is about $80 to $200+ per square foot. Our average job at Concrete Master is $115 per square foot. Several factors impact the overall cost of basement underpinning:

Property Location: The location within Toronto can influence the availability and cost of materials, labor, and permits. Some areas may have specific construction regulations or need specialized equipment.

Soil Type: The soil type requires different levels of preparation and stabilization. Properties on clay or loose soil might need extra measures like soil reinforcement, which adds to the cost.

Basement Dimensions: Larger basements need more materials and labor, resulting in higher costs.

Accessibility: If the basement is hard to access, it may necessitate special equipment or extra labor, increasing the cost.

Underpinning Method: Different methods (traditional mass underpinning, mini-piled underpinning, beam and base underpinning) vary in complexity and resource requirements.

Structural Materials: The type, quality, and quantity of structural materials used will also affect the overall cost

What Can You Expect From Our Basement Underpinning Toronto Service?

When you choose Concrete Master for your basement foundation needs in Toronto, you can be confident that you will receive nothing less than the best. Our persistent dedication to excellent craftsmanship and client satisfaction distinguishes us from the rest. Concrete Master is proud of its team of seasoned specialists that specialize in basement underpinning. Our professional specialists have successfully finished countless projects with a wealth of knowledge and years of hands-on experience, earning a superb reputation for their accuracy and uncompromising attention to detail. You can be confident that your basement underpinning project will be handled by experts who understand the complexities of the entire process.

When it comes to materials, we never compromise. We use only the best materials available in the market and apply modern techniques to create a foundation that is not only strong but also long-lasting. You can have peace of mind knowing that your basement’s foundation is constructed to last with Concrete Master. We recognize that time is critical, and we appreciate your time just as much as you do. That is why we make an effort to accomplish each assignment within the timeframe agreed upon, without sacrificing the quality of our work. Our efficient methods and well-coordinated staff ensure that your project moves forward easily and on schedule. Our success is measured by your satisfaction.

Contact us today at (647) 498-9131 to get started on your basement underpinning project and get a free quote. Our friendly team is ready to answer any questions you may have and provide you with a personalized consultation. Experience the Concrete Master difference and let us exceed your expectations with our exceptional craftsmanship and commitment to customer satisfaction.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have a really small basement that is used only for storage. Can basement lowering convert it into a livable space?

Yes, basement lowering project plays a big part in converting small basements into a fully functioning living space. This is a multiple step process that involves many aspects of construction, such as:

    • foundation waterproofing to keep new basement dry
    • new under-slab drains and new drain rough-ins for future bathroom , laundry , kitchen
    • optional in-floor heating system for additional comfort.

What other use cases can basement underpinning get extra space for?

Basemet underpinning project gives an opportunity not only to convert basement into a fully functional living space, but also creates a possibility to build up additional story, since new foundation is strong and capable to carry additional load. So for example a old bungalow after underpinning is complete can receive additional 1 or 2 floors plus a full basement.

That’s quite a transformation. If we look just into the basement use – people use it for different purposes: extra space for kids , additional bedrooms and bathrooms for relatives, separate unit as an additional steam of income, nany suit, home office, man caves, entertainment (home theater, golf simulator, etc).

How long does it take to underpin your basement?

It really depends on the size of the basement, depth of excavation, accessibility and soil type.

Average basement 800-1000 sq ft, lowering for 2- 2.5″ with decent access will take 6 to 8 weeks to complete. This includes: excavation and disposal, underpinning, new drains, waterproofing and new floor slab.

What are common foundation problems?

In Toronto and GTA we come across 4 types of foundations: rubble stone, brick, cinder blocks and concrete.

Each foundation type has its own weaknesses. Most common are: foundation cracks, foundation deteriation, bowing,  shifting and settling. Foundation underpinning will address most of these common issues.

What should you consider before basement lowering?

It’s always good to have a plan and full vision of the project and to clearly understand a desired outcome.

This will determine actions . For example if the goal is to have just a dry storage space in the basement, then underpinning is not necessary.

If the goal is to create a fully finished basement with great headroom, then underpinning is the way to go.

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