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Options for improving foundation

joenorm | Posted in General Questions on


Some friends recently purchased an older home. After poking around a bit they have noticed their foundation has no footing. This poses a problem because they’d like to eventually add a second story. 

Are there any creative ways to add bearing capacity to a foundation without jacking up the whole house and somehow adding a footing(I have no idea how this works either).


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  1. andy_ | | #1

    There are companies that specialize in this. Look for "shoring" in their services offered or talk to your local engineer.
    It's a pretty cool (though messy) process where they dig down and put in the footing in sections so they don't have to jack up the house.

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