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03/18/15

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Kevin Braddell, Founder and President

Kevin Braddell, Founder and President of Abarent Construction Ltd for the past 25 years brings a wealth of experience and innovation to his foundation repair and piling company. Kevin’s focus is to constantly improve the way things are done not only with Abarent but in the industry. Community involvement with various charities and mentorship with several business groups feed his passion to give back to the city that supports Abarent Construction Ltd.

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03/18/15

Posted by: Abarent Construction Ltd.

Abarent Construction Supports Local Edmonton Charities

President of Abarent Construction Ltd, Kevin Braddell, and his family have been a sponsor of the Rockin Roll Climb of Hope since it was founded.  Over the past few years this Edmonton charity event has raised over $725,000 to support The Cross Cancer Institute.  Abarent supports the cause – and so should you!

Climb of Hope website

Craig’s Simpson’s Never Say Never Golf Classic event has been held for over 26 years. Kevin Braddell and Abarent Construction Ltd have been a big part of this Spinal Cord Injury Research Charity for close to 15 years, that helps raise millions of dollars. This is always a fun two day event that has everything from live entertainment to golf.

Craig Simpson Never Say Never Golf Classic

03/18/15

Posted by: Abarent Construction Ltd.

What are screw piles & screw piling?

Screw piles & screw piling – a quick primer.

What is a screw piling?  A screw piling is a steel pipe with one or several “Helix/s” attached to it.  These piles are then twisted into the ground using a specialized high torque drive head on a machine to stabilize and install them into the ground.  Screw Piles can come in various sizes depending on Engineering parameters and site requirements.  There are many applications for screw piles from home decks, underpinning, foundation support or industrial uses.  Depending on requirements screw piles can be installed in one length or several bolted together. At Abarent, we focus primarily on commercial and industrial applications of screw piling and screw piles. Read on for just a few examples of screw piles and their advantages.

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03/18/15

Posted by: Abarent Construction Ltd.

Identifying a foundation repair crack & what to do about it

What to do about a foundation repair crack in your basement?

As homeowners, one of the biggest problems that generally don’t get noticed until it’s too late is a foundation repair crack. We’ve found a short, helpful article that should give you a general idea of what to look for when you see a crack in your basement foundation. We’ve found a couple informative blog posts that should give you a primer on identifying foundation repair cracks, and actions you can take to fix this. Read on in these two blog posts : How to recognize a problematic foundation crack and what to do about it & Basement Cracks & Shrinkage.

11/03/14

Posted by: Abarent Construction Ltd.

How To Repair Foundation Leaks & Cracks

Beginning Foundation Crack Repair and Foundation Leak Repair – How do we start?

Firstly, there are a multitude of methods used in the industry for repairing foundation leaks and cracks.  Not all of them are appropriate for every situation, however. As a customer,  it is important that you understand what your choices are, and the real differences between all of them.  At Abarent, we have created a document that goes over a comparison of the different ways you can go about repairing foundation leaks, helping you assess which method is the right one for your situation.

Obviously costs can vary dramatically between methods.  How you choose to begin your foundation leak repair or your foundation crack repair, and which contractor you hire should be an informed decision.  Make sure you are informed and have an idea of what you might need. Ask questions to your contractor so that your leaky basement issue is resolved once and for all.

Click below for Abarent’s guide to repair foundation leaks:

http://www.abarent.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/What-are-the-Differences-in-Methods.pdf

 

 

11/03/14

Posted by: Abarent Construction Ltd.

What Should I Do If I Have a Leaking Basement?

 

Basement Leak Repair

A leaking basement wall or a leaking basement in general can occur from a multitude of sources. Read on for Abarent’s tips on how to troubleshoot the problem, and how to get help.

In order to begin diagnosing the problem, have a look at where the water appears to be coming from in your leaking basement.  If the drywall is wet and damaged, have it cut out of the way and removed.  Exposing areas can sometimes be very helpful in determining the true origin of your basement water seepage issue.

Here are some typical causes:

Basement Plumbing leaking: Something as simple as a leaking drain line or water supply line can lead to a puddle on the floor.

Basement Window leaking: Wind blown rain can often push moisture in around the edges or track of a window.

Window well not draining: Debris may have plugged up a window well drain or there may be no drain existing.  Is there a water line on your window?

Basement foundation wall crack: This may be something that you don’t know the answer to. At Abarent, our trained eyes can often spot symptoms that indicate the presence of foundation cracks that are contributing to your leaky basement.  If drywall is wet however, cut it out of the way, so we can all see what is behind it.

Need for Weeping tile repair: Many houses built prior to 1958 do not have weeping tile and some houses that have existing weeping tile may have issues with that weeping tile.  Our experienced estimators will go through a checklist of symptoms to try and determine what your issue is and provide you with a solution.  It is much like being a detective of sorts.

Sump pump back up or Backwater valve problems: If your house has existing weeping tile, it needs to drain somewhere.  Your house would either have a sump pit connection or weeping tile may be connected to the sewer through a Backflow valve.  A pump failure or pipe blockage may lead to foundation seepage and a wet basement.

If you have a leaky basement, contact us asap. We respond very quickly.

To save parties time, there are several things you can do to help us diagnosis your foundation problem.

  • Try and locate the origin of the basement leak
  • Cut wet drywall out and remove soggy insulation
  • Take note of when you notice the basement seepage issue and current weather (raining or not)
  • Try and be informed on the age of your house and when it was built

Be sure to click on our handy check list to help you when interviewing contractors for your foundation repair project.  We look forward to helping you.

 

 

11/03/14

Posted by: Abarent Construction Ltd.

How To Fix A Basement Wall Crack

Basement Wall Crack & Foundation Repair

“How do you fix a basement wall crack?” is a generic question we at Abarent are asked all of the time.  Repairing basement wall cracks should be something that is done after the cause of the concrete cracks is determined.  There are a few important questions you need to ask yourself: Is there settlement?  Is there structural movement? Are lateral loads too great for the foundation wall?  Is this a simple foundation leak issue?  What needs to be understood is that a basement wall crack is usually a bigger problem – a problem with the foundation of your house.

If a foundation repair is done, without fully understanding the issues present, you may not be solving the problem.  No one likes spending money on a foundation repair, but if your spending money repairing basement wall cracks, get it done right the first time.

Have a qualified professional that is experienced with both structural and water issues related to foundation repair investigate your problem. At Abarent, we have a very informative area on our website that may help you understand the foundation repair world, and assist you in making a decision on which direction to go with for your basement repair project. To get a better idea of what to expect, check out our articles below:

11/30/13

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Consumer Beware – Consumer Tips for Hiring a Foundation Repair Contractor

Every year we are reminded on how important it is to practice “Due Diligence” when hiring a contractor.  I often hear the “horror” stories from clients who have made mistakes they regret.  Does any of this sound familiar?

  • “I hired them because the company I was referred to by a neighbour was so busy they couldn’t see me right now.  These guys could see me today”
  • “The guys I should have hired were booked for 4 weeks”
  • “They were cheaper”

All too often during our busy season, I’ll see ads pop up online (Kijiji etc).  While a lot of reputable people use this medium, there are also all too many who use it’s anonymity  to their benefit and take advantage of consumers who want someone quick, cheap and easy.  Here are a couple of examples of what we were called in to fix after a client had hired someone else who was quicker and cheaper.  In both cases the client was now paying twice for the same repair.

Case # 1:  Client had called us originally and was told that due to call volume it would be 4 weeks before we could repair their basement.  They chose to look online for someone else.  They found someone on Kijiji who could come out right away.  This fellow performed his repair by gluing on a garbage bag, charged the client $1000 then left.  When the repair failed, the client tried getting ahold of the “contractor” with no luck.  After some checking, it turned out that the “contractor” they hired had no Business License, no insurance and no office.  He was just trying to pick up some quick cash.  They called us and we scheduled them for a proper repair.  Our repairs are completely guaranteed in writing.

 
Garbage Bag Repair
Garbage Bag Repair

 

Case #2:  Once again the “quick, easy and cheap right now contractor” swooped in and charged a client for an incorrectly performed repair.  We were called in and provided a detailed written estimate, scheduled a proper repair and performed the work with success.

Failed Epoxy Repair

Failed Epoxy Repair

CHECK OUT YOUR CONTRACTOR:   There are many tools in our website to help you with this process.  Please feel free to use our consumer tips when comparing contractors for any service at your home.

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