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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

Posted by: Abarent Construction Ltd.

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.

LINK TO  “Did You Know”…….. in Abarent Construction Website

 

11/30/13

Posted by: Abarent Construction Ltd.

Foundation Replacement breathes life into old house

Aquarian Renovations Ltd retained Abarent Construction Ltd to replace the foundation under a stately old historic house in Glenora.  The existing foundation had failed.  The owner wanted to add an addition on to the house and completely renovate the remainder of the house, but was wise enough to start with the foundation.  Abarent raised the house on steel beams and proceed to demolish the existing foundation and excavated for installation of a new basement.  Abarent has been specializing in this type of project for well over two decades and has many difficult projects such as this one to be proud of.  After the basement was successfully replaced with a new concrete 9 foot high basement, Aquarian took over and worked their magic on the balance of the renovation.  Another project well done.  Call Abarent Construction Ltd when considering your options on your old basement.  Replacement is not always necessary, but the pros at Abarent would be happy to tell you what options are available to you.

Read article by Aquarian Renovations Ltd:

Beautiful Stately HIstoric Homes

11/30/13

Posted by: Abarent Construction Ltd.

Floor Lowering Project adds new Usable space to old historic house

Abarent Construction Ltd. teamed up with Aquarian Renovations Ltd. to create a new space in an old historic houses’s basement.  Prior to Abarent’s involvement the 1800 sq. foot basement had less than 6 feet of head room.  The new owner of this property wanted to be able to develop the space and make it a functional, usable extension of their home.  Abarent set about designing an Engineered Interior PWF Wall System that enabled them to effectively lower the basement floor.  When this basement floor lowering project was complete there was 7’10” of head room and a new concrete floor.  All Engineering Inspections complete, Abarent turned the project over to Aquarian Renovations Ltd who developed the basement space and renovated the remainder of the house.  What transpired created a beautiful home that the current owners enjoy with their growing family.

 

Read the article by Aquarian Renovation Ltd in the Renovation Magazine (Click for PDF):

Aquarian Stately Clinker Brick Home2_CW

03/27/13

Posted by: Abarent Construction Ltd.

Abarent Offers to Help Save Mundare Church

Abarent Construction Ltd. offers to assist HPS with installation of beam and piling supports to save historic church in Mundare from being burned.  To see the video and read more about the aging Mundare Orthodox Ukrainian Church repair, see CTV’s article.  President and Owner of Abarent Construction Ltd. , Kevin Braddell, thought the building had far too much historical value and was worth looking at saving.  Both Helical Pier Systems and Abarent Construction Ltd. have offered their services free of charge.

Preserving Historic Buildings

Preserving Historic Buildings

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Building is worth saving

02/28/13

Posted by: Abarent Construction Ltd.

Local Business Profile

Abarent Construction was featured in a local business magazine – Renovations, Home Improvement & Design.

Read the article In Good Hands with a Solid Foundation.

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Owen and Linda De Bathe

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