Foundation Repairs & Soil Stabilisation in Adelaide

If you’re a resident of Adelaide, you’ll be well aware of the dry climate we experience. In fact, Adelaide is the driest of all Australian capital cities and the effects of the recent drought in particular have affected the foundations of homes across the area.

If you’re looking for someone to help with your foundation repairs in Adelaide, then you should consider the following options:

Drought and Soil Stabilisation

The recent drought in Southern Australia dried out layers of reactive clay, which lay deep in the ground causing many homes to experience issues with subsidence.

The science behind why Adelaide was hit particularly hard is that the majority of the area is formed of sedimentary deposits, which form relatively soft soils. The reactive clays within the soil shrink when they lose moisture content, which is where the problems really start.

Foundation Repair

Foundation Repairs

The majority of the homes and buildings in Adelaide that we see are built on concrete to provide them with support and stability.

With the recent changes in soil however bought on by drought and the ongoing Adelaide climate, many buildings have started to lose their support as subsidence begins to develop.

Traditional Underpinning

We want to help you to ensure your home is as stable as possible and that issues with subsidence do not go left unresolved. The main thing we need to do is to raise, re-support and re-level the foundations or footings of your property to ensure its long term stability.

Traditionally, underpinning involves the following processes:

  • Digging or excavating under the house
  • Pouring in concrete and waiting for it to set
  • Raising up the house off the concrete

Advantages of Underpinning include:

  • Stabilization of the structure gives strength and value to the property
  • Other corrections and alterations can be made to the structure of the property during underpinning if required
  • Long term safety and comfort
  • Can lead to the avoidance of larger structural issues and repair works in the future.

New Methods of Underpinning

Speak to us today to find out about new methods of underpinning which may be appropriate for your home or property. There are a number of options available and many of these are viewed to be less obtrusive, tidier and quicker than having to excavate and jack up a house.

Check out this website for more information.

House Underpinning in Melbourne

At MCAQ concreting, we often deal with the slab or foundations of homes as they are usually made of concrete. Unfortunately, sometimes the soil can become unstable and cause issues with the concrete foundation which typically requires underpinning to help fix these issues –

Houses are exposed to the elements day after day. However sturdy and strong they may be on the outside, it’s worth bearing in mind what they also have to withstand in terms of climate, soil quality and movement underground.

This is particularly relevant in Melbourne – a city where we’ve seen recent droughts, as well as geological issues such as sandy soil in areas such as Pt Philip Bay.

Soil in Melbourne

Did you know that the land on which Melbourne currently stands was once a volcano? Difficult to imagine now! As a result of this geological history, the city has a diverse range of soils:

  • Sandy
  • Clay
  • Dense basalt rock
  • Old lava tubes

Similar to other South Australian cities, Melbourne soil also contains reactive clays. The issue with these is that they shrink upon losing moisture content – a major cause of subsidence in South Australian homes.

House Underpinning


Do you need it?

If you’ve noticed cracks in your walls, especially near windows, doors or in the corners of rooms, the chances are that you may have issues with subsidence. Similarly, have you noticed that your windows and doors are not shutting exactly?

Or you may have seen that your skirting board has gaps in between them where parts of the floor have sunk.

We can happily advise you on the likely causes of any of the above and help you to move forwards to rectifying any issues for the long term.

What is House Underpinning?

House Underpinning is a process used to strengthen the foundation of a building or structure, which currently has a foundation that is not strong or stable enough. As a process it generally involves:

Traditionally, underpinning involves the following processes:

  • Digging or excavating under the house
  • Pouring in concrete and waiting for it to set
  • Raising up the house off the concrete

More and more homes in Melbourne are requiring underpinning as a result of the changing climate and the ongoing geological factors that contribute to the soil composition in the area. T

here are newer methods of underpinning that could be more efficient for your needs so speak to us today to find out what we can offer you.