The most cost-effective upgrade to your house that can add living space and turn your basement into a comfortable area — with dozens of extra benefits.
No other home improvement gives you so many benefits for such an affordable price as basement underpinning. Lowering your floor can add surprisingly a lot of value to your home and change your whole perception of your basement.
Your basement can be more than just a crawl space. Turn it into your favorite place.
We have certified engineers to do the drawings and save you from paperwork.
Check all plumbing and HVAC communications in the process to fix them easily.
Underpinning requires less paperwork and money than any other home addition.
Make your home a better place with no major trouble. Basement underpinning is a definitive upgrade, beneficial on multiple levels, and has no drawbacks. The most affordable and cost-effective major house addition for a wide spectrum of needs and priorities.
When your crawl space is 6ft high — you can’t do much with it. During basement underpinning our team will lower the floor to make it 8ft, 9ft high, or even more. Transform it into anything:
Underpinning gives you an opportunity to use a whole new space in your old home — without the long and troublesome process of building an extra floor or a home addition outside.
High-quality basement underpinning by Willfix can pay for itself over time and make you more money in the long run. Your basement can be an actual high-return investment:
No other house upgrade gives you that many possibilities and benefits with that few problems and obstacles along the way. Most of the other options are not even close.
The process of lowering your basement floor is a unique possibility to inspect all the communications that are hard to reach most of the time. Willfix experts can help you:
As the result, your home will have no hidden timebombs of structural issues and will look better from the outside. Foundation safety and stability come free with your new extra basement floor.
In the last 20 years, we performed over a thousand projects all across Toronto. We’re proud of our reputation and always appreciate the kind words from satisfied clients:
All basements are unique in terms of construction, condition, and location. Half the basic steps in underpinning might be unnecessary for your basement floor lowering. Our experts can implement multiple time-tested methods and technologies to find the most efficient solution.
Benching is an alternative to basement underpinning. Instead of pins and sections — a concrete “bench” is poured under your foundation walls to support it and spread the pressure. Both methods are time-tested, safe, and reliable. Main differences are simple:
If you want to save money now — choose the benching method. If you want to save more money in the future — go for underpinning. Willfix experts are equally good at both.
Basement underpinning is a complicated process that requires multiple skilled professionals: certified engineers, experts in foundation structures, concrete work, and multiple sets of specialized equipment.
Willfix team is doing it for over 20 years now and we have everything we may need for the top quality floor lowering project — from skills and expertise to certifications.
8 Steps of Basement Underpinning:
Our team’s certified engineer will examine the basement, the plans, and will do the drawings. It’s crucial to get a permit for any underpinning project.
We’ll get rid of the old concrete in your basement floor and dig out the soil that was underneath to make space and increase the overall height.
Following the engineer’s drawings, we’ll add and replace the sections between your foundation and footing with new concrete to make it firm.
We’ll lower the plumbing and make sure it works right. It’s the best stage to address all the issues in your communications or foundation structure.
We’ll add a drainage system to protect the new basement structure from the water and secure the area with a thick gravel layer.
We’ll pour your new concrete floor, strengthen it, make sure it’s even, and smooth it out. In the end, it will look better than the old one.
Our team leaves no mess — we’ll make sure the area is nice and clean before we leave you with your successfully lowered new basement floor.
You have a professionally lowered floor and a whole new area in your house. You’ll have no issues with it in the next 25 years — or we’ll fix them for free.
In case you’re looking for the best quality for a fair price — the Willfix team is ready to commit and help you with any wet basement issues. We understand that you wouldn’t trust a complete stranger with your basement safety, your family’s health, and your comfort. Here are a few facts about us so we don’t feel like a stranger anymore:
YEARS OF EXPERIENCE
EXPERTS IN THE TEAM
Our team has all the necessary certification, including a plumbing license and a certified Structural Engineer. We’ll be happy to provide all the documents on demand.
We value safety and efficiency above all. You can rest assured that even in the worst cases you’re covered: WSIB certification for your project can always be provided upon request.
We stand for our word. Willfix experts will evaluate and estimate the project and give you a written, official registry — so that no extra expenses can ever occur.
We can drain your basement — but not your wallet. You can choose the materials, the technology, and review the whole process. Our job is to make sure you get the best quality for a fair price.
We understand the struggles a wet basement or a leak may cause. In all our projects, we aim at the same targets as you do: to solve the problem fast, keep the solution efficient, with the technology you can trust.
Basement underpinning is a method of lowering the basement floor that increases the structural strength of a foundation.
In short, your basement floor is excavated, and your walls are reinforced with a new layer of concrete. It’s an extremely oversimplified explanation, but that’s essentially how basement underpinning works, technology-wise.
There are several different types of materials used, including reinforced concrete, steel and sometimes — timber constructions. Depending on each individual case, some installations may also include waterproofing measures to prevent water from entering the foundation walls.
Concrete: Concrete is one of the most commonly used materials for basement underpinning. It’s durable enough and easily adjustable at the same time.
Steel: Another alternative approach is steel underpinning. Steel beams are welded to the existing foundation walls and are then filled with concrete giving the steel greater strength. You won’t see this method often in residential areas in Canada, but it’s still one of the most cost-effective options when pure concrete is not enough.
Timber: Basement underpinning can also be done using timber units. It’s less commonly used because it tends to cost more than other methods and is significantly less reliable.
Underpinning is an upgrade, not a necessity, so there’s no strong “should” in this question. However, you may WANT to do basement underpinning, given that it’s the most cost-efficient upgrade you can get, with multiple other benefits.
Here are some extra conditions that can help you make a decision, whether you should underpin your basement, or not. You may need it, if:
No, you can’t underpin your basement yourself. Even though technically you can, according to current Ontario laws, it would be illegal.
Basement underpinning implies major structural changes in your home’s foundation, so it has to be safe and well-planned. Unless you have a certification — you need to hire a professional company for your basement underpinning project, that will have a certified engineer on the team and will be able to do all the paperwork properly.
The time we’ll need for your underpinning project heavily depends on your basement structure, its condition, and the materials.
Typically, a basement underpinning process takes 2-4 weeks from start to finish.
You may think that it’s too long, but keep in mind that it’s a lot of work — not a quick crack repair. The drawings, excavation, foundation works, concrete works, sealing, all of it takes time. It’s a complex process with multiple steps, and each of them involves a dozen more steps.
We have more than 20 years of experience in working with foundations, each member of the Willfix team has no less than 10 years of experience, so we know how to make it effectively in the shortest possible time, without sacrificing the quality.
In case you’ll find a quality that will promise you a full-scale basement underpinning in 3 days — they probably have no idea what they’re doing and just want to disappear with your money.
Yes, you sure can lower your basement floor without underpinning. It’s just the most cost-efficient of many commonly used technologies — not the only one.
Benching is the second most popular way to lower you basement floor, and Willfix experts can do it as well. We recommend basement underpinning over benching to our clients because it has more benefits in the long run. You don’t lose any living space and the square footage of your basement remains the same.
Basement underpinning includes a drainage system installation, but protecting your basement from the water’s degrading effects is a whole different project. Lowering the floor by itself does not protect you from the old mold, wall cracks, or dangerously high humidity.
Our experts are ready to help you with any wet basement issues. Willfix team provides basement waterproofing services in the Toronto area for 20 years now.
Willfix experts are familiar with the specifics of the Great Toronto Area and have enough experience to deal with any basement waterproofing job in any city. We know that snowy winters, frequent rainfalls, and groundwater management issues are equally damaging to basements and foundation walls of people in all communities.