Why do people hire basement lowering companies in Markham?

Basement lowering torontoBasements are very common in Markham because of the hard soil composition and the close proximity to the larger metropolitan city of Toronto. Homes are priced competitively and square footage is at a premium, especially as you get closer to Lake Ontario in the Greater Toronto Area. For these reasons residents like to finish their basements to add square footage and make their homes more marketable in the event that they wish to sell. Adding carpet, plumbing and additional walls or fixtures are all great ways to improve the layout of your basement, but sometimes people just want the feel of a normal room, and not the low ceilings of a basement that can be a bit cramped. When that is the case, homeowners generally decide to lower the basement floor to add height to the space. This is a job only for professional plumbers like Waterman that can excavate and underpin the new foundation floor in a methodical fashion that protects the upper floors of your home from shifting or losing stability.

Lowering your basement floor is a great cosmetic improvement to your home and it will make the space more hospitable to guests, children or renters if you are looking for an investment property. The decision to lower the floor is also not nearly as expensive as adding additions or building out in other directions, but no matter which choice you make for expansion, this job is best left to an experienced plumbing professional in the Markham area like Waterman.

The first decision you should make is how much lower you want to go. Generally basements can be lowered 12-18 inches with some variation in cost, but you should be prepared for the expense – there is no easy way to remove several tons of earth from your basement without good bit of labour on your plumber’s part. Some plumbers like Waterman that are familiar with the process may bring in a conveyor belt to help get the broken foundation and dirt out of the basement as quickly as possible, but it is still a rigorous process that usually takes a few days for a crew of day labourers working in 8-hour shifts. This is why you must hire a professional!

The process involved for lowering a basement includes the following basic steps:

  • Removing the current foundation
  • Excavation
  • Underpinning
  • Sealing and waterproofing the new floor
  • Laying the new foundation slab.

As if you needed another reason to hire a professional besides the back-breaking work required in the first couple steps, you need to bring them in to properly underpin the above ground floors with steel beams as the new floor is sealed for the foundation. More than likely you are going through this trouble to make the space more liveable, which means now is a good time to discuss the plumbing in your basement before the slab is poured.

After the subfloor is sealed, the plumber can pour the foundation and remove the underpinnings as the slab solidifies. The sticker shock for this project can be tough, but the added living space is invaluable and lowering your basement is a nice perk for potential buyers if you sell. As mentioned above, the city of Markham has a competitive housing market that makes it a prime candidate for this type of home renovation, so be sure to choose an experienced professional like Waterman that will do the job right the first time.



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