Have you noticed that the foundation of your house breaks down into pieces or cracks? The causes are various, including a moisture problem, a fault at the time of construction or any other natural cause. The mission of the foundation expert entrepreneur is to diagnose the cause of the problem in order to provide lasting solutions.
There are different ways to repair foundations such as local repair and complete repair. To learn more, here are our foundation repair specialist’s explanations to read below…
The causes of a deterioration of the foundations
Before any intervention, the building expert will determine the cause or causes of the problem related to your foundation. The causes of a crumbling foundation are numerous, whether the building is old or new.
- Rising moisture at ground level
- A façade efflorescence in the form of whitish traces
- Lack of height in the basement or no crawl space
- Poor quality concrete pouring
- Inadequate basement entrance
- The presence of pyrite or porous materials
- Construction in a flood zone or on unstable ground
Solutions to repair foundations
The solution recommended by the professional depends on the origin of the cracks. There are mainly two techniques for repairing a foundation. A local repair can be carried out or the entire foundation can be carried out. Dasn both cases, the installation of a French drain system and waterproofing are carried out.
Here are the two most commonly used solutions for repairing a crumbling and cracking foundation.
1st solution to repair the foundations: local repair
Repairing a foundation locally is chosen based on several factors:
- The source of the problem affects only part of the foundation
- Repair is urgent
- It is best to complete the two-step repair
- Our client’s budget is low
Repairing a problematic crack that is the only source of water infiltration is a good example where local repair is a good option. An external intervention on 8 linear feet is common enough to repair and protect this particular area. It may also be a larger section such as two facades of the foundation wall that are in poor condition unlike the others that are in good condition. Depending on the situation, it will be possible to install a partial French drain system.
2nd solution to repair the foundations: complete repair
The priority is to intervene on the problem area. However, this solution not only repairs, but also prevents. Damaged parts will be repaired and the rest of the foundation will be protected.
Obviously compared to the first solution, this involves higher costs. However, this avoids situations where you have to go back to a client a second time to intervene on the unprotected section. Over the course of the day, this situation is more expensive than making a complete repair from the beginning for these reasons:
- Less transportation costs
- Less related costs (e.g. gravel delivery)
- Less time for earthworks
- Landscaping to be redone
A French drain and waterproofing with a guarantee on quality will protect your entire foundation!
Under-construction building: the best solution?
The solution chosen is determined by several factors.
It is important that this work is carried out by qualified and competent companies.
Have you noticed a crack or moisture problem in your walls?
For an accurate diagnosis and a free submission, please contact our technical office in Ottawa.
Foundation problem: call on building professionals
Whatever the problem, our team of experts offers you a solution adapted in foundation repair work, excavation, waterproofing with the installation of a French drain, pouring concrete, disposal of toxic materials like pyrite.
VOPAA Inc. specializes in large-work work:
- Repairing the foundations
- The earthworks
- The excavation
- The establishment of French drains
- The waterproofing of the foundation
Our company has the permits and licenses to carry out this trade which requires competence and expertise that we have acquired for more than 10 years. We can repair the cracks, upgrade the structure of the building, install a French drain for refurbished and permanent foundations.
If you have noticed cracks in the foundations or water infiltration into the walls, contact our technical department quickly for a free and detailed submission after visiting our expert. Trust our company, which is known for the quality of its work and professionalism.