Underpinning is a meticulous construction job that require requires a structural engineer, and trained contractors. Although many renovation jobs may be completed by handymen, underpinning is an extremely sensitive construction task as it involves the property’s foundation.
Basement underpinning involves digging a home’s foundation and then reinforcing the structural piles around it. The result is higher ceilings and a stronger overall foundation for the property.
Receiving Approval for Basement Underpinning in Toronto
Firstly, before any underpinning or construction can begin, the project must receive a stamp of approval from the local municipality. Whether you’re in Etobicoke, Scarborough or Richmond Hill, you will require approval from one of five local municipalities in order to proceed with a major construction project.
The Greater Toronto area consists of five municipalities; Toronto,Durham, Halton, Peel, and York. Each of these municipalities have their own bylaws and building codes that pertain to basement underpinning.
In order to obtain that stamp, your local municipality must see a list of statutory documents and a detailed map of the home’s underpinning job. Once your proposal are complete, a designated engineer will be responsible for obtaining the final stamp of approval for the building project.
Hiring a Structural Engineer
Hire an engineer with a proven track record in basement underpinning. This will also improve your likelihood of gaining approval to complete the construction.
The on-site engineer will be responsible not only for collecting the documents, but also developing the underpinning plan. Furthermore, an effective project plan will ensure that the construction process is completed on time and within budget.
After the project is approved, a basement-underpinning contractor must be hired. In Toronto it can be difficult to find a contracting company that supplies both workers and an engineer.
Factors to Consider When Hiring an Underpinning Contractor in Toronto
- A written guarantee that the task with be completed within budget.
- Valid construction Insurance in Ontario, and proof with the relevant documents.
- Evidence of prior projects and references
- Paid estimates are usually a red-flag. There are exceptions for larger and more complex properties.
You have invested too much money and time into your home to hire a contractor that could potentially damage your property. If you’ve been wronged by an underpinning contractor, do not be hesitate to contact legal advice and report the company.
At Icon Builders, our team consists of experienced contractors as well as a seasoned structural engineer that are assigned to manage individual projects.
How Much Does Basement Underpinning Cost in Toronto?
The cost of an underpinning project can vary based on several factors. Experience and knowledge should always be prioritized when hiring contractors for such a sensitive construction project.
Base cost is typically calculated by a price per linear foot, which is multiplied by the proposed excavation depth and bench footing. As well, the properties overall surface area and structural intricacies must be considered in the project cost.
Can Underpinning Prevent Water from Flooding my Basement?
Homeowners should know that basement underpinning and waterproofing are much different projects. Underpinning is intended to raise ceiling heights and add aesthetic value to a basement interior.
Waterproofing involves structural repairs to a building foundation, which prevents future moisture and leakage. If you’re planning on investing in basement underpinning, we recommend you ensure that your property is fully waterproofed.
Cracks in a home’s foundation allow for easy water access and moisture build-up. Spring in southern Ontario usually starts slushy and ends with heavy rainfall. For homeowners in the Greater Toronto Area, the spring can create flooding and leakage issues. Visit our blog to learn more about flooding and leakage issues in Toronto homes,