What is underpinning of structure?

What is underpinning of structure?

Underpinning is a method for repair and strengthening of building foundations. These involve installation of permanent or temporary support to an already held foundation so that additional depth and bearing capacity is achieved.

How do I underpin an existing building?

The most common method is traditional mass concrete underpinning – a simple technique that involves excavating a segment of ground below the existing building foundation in controlled stages, to a depth where suitable bearing strata exists.

What are the two main types of underpinning?

What Are the Different Types of Underpinning?

  • Mass concrete underpinning. A traditional method of underpinning is soil replacement under the foundations by digging, followed by concrete pouring.
  • Piled underpinning.
  • Jet grouting.

What is traditional underpinning?

Traditional Underpinning is a method of retro-fitting a foundation when building a structure or when building a house. Traditional underpinning creates a foundation where one doesn’t exist or is entirely inadequate. This limits any vulnerability of the foundation during the work.

What are the types of underpinning?

There is a general consensus among architects, engineers, and construction workers that there are three primary types of underpinning:

  • Mass Concrete Underpinning/Mass Pour.
  • Beam and Base Underpinning.
  • Mini-piled Underpinning.

What is modern method of underpinning?

Most underpinning nowadays uses either mini-piling or resin injection, though the former is usually more secure, especially if a strong substratum can be found more than five metres down. If you need advice on what kind of underpinning your house needs, contact us to discuss your problem.

Can you sell a house that has been underpinned?

You can sell a property that has been underpinned as long as it has been completed to a good standard and there are no ongoing structural or subsidence issues.

How do you know if a property has been underpinned?

The first and most important step is to speak to your Chartered Surveyor and have your property inspected by a Structural Engineer. The report will be able to identify any structural issues which will then determine if your property needs to be, or has previously been underpinned.

What is underpinning by pit method?

1. Pit Method: In this method, short length columns of 1.2 m to 1.8 m are underpinned. First, holes are cut in the wall above the ground level at common intervals and strong needles are then inserted through the holes to carry the entire load of the structure. Thus the wall foundation can be replaced.

Does underpinning devalue a house?

Underpinning will devalue a property but by how much will depend upon how severe the subsidence was and also how recently it occurred. As a general estimate underpinned property is worth around 20-25% less. Despite it being worth less, don’t let the fact the property has been underpinned put you off.

Can you tell if a house has been underpinned?

The short answer is, is that it can be very difficult to tell if a property has been underpinned from a visual inspection, as the underpinning is concealed below ground and therefore can’t always be seen during the course of a typical survey inspection.

What do you mean by underpinning a building?

Underpinning is a process of strengthening the foundation of an existing structure that could be a building or any other type of structure. This a good technique that is used in the construction and after the construction to improve the foundation.

How are underpinning methods used to strengthen a foundation?

Whatever be the types of underpinning method selected for strengthening the foundation, all of them follow a similar idea of extending the existing foundation either lengthwise or breadthwise and to be laid over a stronger soil stratum. This enables distribution of load over a greater area.

When to use underpinning methods, procedures and applications?

Underpinning methods, procedures and their applications in strengthening of different types of foundations is discussed in this article. There are situations where a failure in foundation or footing happens unexpectedly after the completion of whole structure (both sub and superstructure).

When does a decision of underpinning need to be made?

The decision of underpinning requirement can be made based on observations. When an already existing structures start to show certain change through settlement or any kind of distress, it is necessary to establish vertical level readings as well as at the offset level, on a timely basis.