Underpinning – ACCL Waterproofing

June 18th, 2021

ACCL Waterproofing: Underpinning Basements



The basement is the first place you should examine if you want to make your home more habitable. But what if your basement is unfinished or has to be lowered to make your family more comfortable? This is where the procedure of basement lowering, also known as underpinning, comes in handy for increasing the amount of living space in your basement.


Waterproofing firms dig down to your house’s footing and increase the height of your ceilings while strengthening the base of your foundation walls in this form of basement foundation repair.


The basement was never meant to be a living space in many older homes, with low ceilings and exposed ducting limiting the amount of headroom. The number of materials necessary for basement lowering makes it no easy task. However, it will significantly raise the value of your home while also increasing your living space.


Why should you underpin your basement??


  • Basement lowering, also known as underpinning, includes digging several feet down into the basement floor. This will increase the value of your property by ensuring that the basement is conveniently accessible and usable. Furthermore, underpinning improves the structural integrity of your property, thereby improving its appearance. These basements are typically 6 feet high, thus reducing the basement by 2 feet for a total of 8 feet for headroom is the goal.


The terminology used when discussing basement lowering-


  • Benching: The benching system is utilized to add to the amount of living space available. The benching system is similar to the underlying system in that it allows you to achieve the same overall height gain while using less space. If the area is finished according to the benching system, it can be used for a variety of purposes. It is a system that is less expensive and takes half the time as underpinning.

  • Underpinning: The primary purpose of the system is to add additional living space. You will be able to raise the total height and square footage of your basement with this technique. The majority of homeowners select this choice since it allows them to either rent out their basement as a rental property, generating cash, or obtain a fully finished basement, increasing their living space.


Lowering your basement is a great method to give your home a complete facelift. However, it is a major project that will have an impact on the general construction of your home, and you must complete it correctly. Make sure the company you hire has underpinning and liability insurance before you take any chances or cut corners.



Take advantage of the warmer summer months to have us look at your basement and help you determine how best to address your basement leakage problems.  


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If you’ve noticed foundation cracks, spots, water, mold, and mildew, don’t ignore the signs or it could lead to more damage and possible health effects.

The basement waterproofing specialists at ACCL Waterproofing know how to repair your basement and foundation walls and keep moisture out of your basement. We would be pleased to develop a guaranteed solution to keep your basement dry!


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