Ah, Melbourne! The city of endless laneways, captivating street art, and… foundation problems? Yup, you read that right. With the city’s varying soil types and environmental challenges, underpinning brick wall homes becomes essential to ensure they stand tall and strong. Enter polyurethane injection underpinning – the modern-day superhero for foundation woes. But what’s the secret sauce behind this method? Grab a cuppa, and let’s decode the magic.
Imagine you’re filling a pastry with cream, ensuring every nook and cranny gets its fair share. Polyurethane injection underpinning isn’t much different. Here, the ‘pastry’ is the ground beneath your home, and the ‘cream’ is the polyurethane resin. When injected, this resin acts like a sponge on steroids – expanding, filling voids, consolidating the soil, and stabilizing the foundation.
Site Assessment: Before any magic happens, experts assess the site. They check the extent of the damage, the soil type, and the areas requiring underpinning.
Drill Baby, Drill!: Small holes are drilled at strategic points into the affected foundation areas. Don’t worry; these are nothing like the potholes plaguing Melbourne roads!
Injection Time: The polyurethane resin is then injected through these holes. On coming into contact with the ground, it begins its expansive journey.
Expansion and Solidification: As the resin expands, it fills voids, consolidates loose soil, and exerts an upward force, effectively lifting sunken concrete slabs. Once it solidifies, it provides a robust and durable base.
Final Checks: The team will then check the foundation’s level and ensure everything’s set. The drilled holes? They’re sealed, leaving minimal traces of the process.
Why Melbourne Loves It:
Apart from its efficiency, this method is relatively non-invasive. Gone are the days of massive excavations turning homes into archaeological dig sites! Plus, the quick curing time of the resin means that homeowners can get back to their routine faster.