The Process Of Lowering A Basement

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As a trusted contractor with years of experience, we at IcyReno Waterproofing have seen it all when it comes to basement lowering. From wet basements and leaky foundations to foundation cracks and basement floods, we have the expertise to ensure that your basement lowering project is done right the first time. In this article, we will walk you through the process of lowering a basement, step by step.

Step 1: Inspection and Design

The first step in any basement lowering project is a thorough inspection of the existing foundation. This includes assessing the structural integrity of the foundation, identifying any cracks or damage, and evaluating the condition of the drainage system. Our team of experts will also assess the location of the water table to determine the appropriate depth for the new basement floor.

Once the inspection is complete, we will work with you to develop a design plan that meets your needs and budget. This may include adding windows, improving ventilation, or incorporating additional living space.

Step 2: Excavation

Excavation is the process of removing soil from around the foundation to create space for the new basement floor. Our team will use modern equipment and techniques to carefully excavate the area around the foundation, taking care not to damage the existing structure.

During excavation, we will also install a new drainage system to ensure that water is properly diverted away from the foundation. This may include installing a sump pump or French drain system, depending on the specific needs of your project.

Step 3: Lowering the Floor

Once the excavation is complete, we will begin the process of lowering the basement floor. This typically involves removing the existing floor and lowering the foundation walls to the desired depth.

Our team will take care to ensure that the new floor is level and properly supported. We may also install additional support beams or posts to ensure the structural integrity of the new basement.

Step 4: Waterproofing and Finishing

With the new basement floor in place, we will install a waterproofing membrane to prevent moisture from seeping into the new space. This may include interior waterproofing or exterior waterproofing, depending on the specific needs of your project.

Once the waterproofing is complete, we will begin finishing the space according to your design plan. This may include installing new walls, flooring, and lighting, as well as adding any necessary electrical or plumbing systems.

Step 5: Final Inspection and Clean-Up

Before we turn the space over to you, we will conduct a final inspection to ensure that everything is up to code and meets your expectations. We will also clean up the job site and remove any debris or equipment.

At IcyReno Waterproofing, we take pride in our ability to complete basement lowering projects on time and on budget, with minimal disruption to your daily life. Our team of licensed and insured experts is committed to strict adherence to safety regulations and protocols, as well as an environmentally conscious approach to all of our work.

We offer competitive pricing and free, detailed quotes for all projects, including free consultations to help you understand the process and make informed decisions about your project. With a warranty of up to 25 years, you can trust us to deliver on our promises and provide you with a basement that is both functional and beautiful. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation and take the first step toward your dream basement.