How does the process of basement lowering happen and can Waterman help with that service?


The Progress of Basement Lowering HamiltonIn the Hamilton area there is a very active housing market and basements are common in most homes. For this reason, basements are living spaces that most sellers target for upgrades and renovations in order to give their home a leg up on the competition. Professional contractors like Waterman can help you make your basement a viable part of your home by doing things like lowering the floor, installing plumbing, replacing carpet and renewing the foundation to ensure it is clean, safe and dry down there. There are many plumbers in the greater Hamilton area that can assist with these projects, but it is best to do your homework and find one that has a proven track record of tackling these jobs with a high rate of customer satisfaction.

Enlarging your basement by lowering the floor is a nice cosmetic upgrade that will make the space more comfortable as a living area and can even help you rent the space if you are looking for some rental income. Expanding in any direction can be costly, but adding square footage by lowering the foundation is usually much cheaper than exterior additions. Either way, skilled plumbing contractors like the Waterman group can get the job done to your specifications.

When you are committed to lowering your basement, you should bring in Waterman to discuss how much you want to drop the floor. The depth you wish to go will usually affect the price quite a bit because it is a tedious process to lower a basement. Typically there will be day labourers working with a conveyor belt to haul the dirt out of your basement and the process may take a few men 3-4 days of digging to achieve the desired depth.

Generally speaking, the process involved with lowering a basement includes:

  • Tearing out the old floor
  • Digging to the desired depth
  • Underpinning
  • Waterproofing and sealing the new foundation
  • Installing the new slab

Between the demolition and digging, odds are your contractor has already put in quite a bit of work on your basement lowering project, but one benefit to working below the home is that for the most part everything above ground can continue with only minor disruptions. Underpinning the home is the process of installing steel beams to support the above ground foundation while the new subfloor space is sealed and waterproofed. This is also when any additional below ground plumbing will go in. Waterman can recommend some sealant products that will keep your foundation nice and dry as it settles.

When the subfloor is sealed, the plumber can lay the slab and remove the underpinning beams to complete the process. This is a pretty straightforward process, but make no mistake it is extremely labor intensive and the homeowner should be prepared for decent sized financial commitment. The plumber can discuss this with you first so there’s no shock at the end of the process. For your basement lowering Hamilton project, hiring a skilled and experienced plumber is extremely important because a poorly handled job can leave you susceptible to moisture and foundation cracking over time.

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