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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.

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What our customers say:

Michael Abbott

We have had our fair share of unremarkable and even troublesome experiences with other contractors, so you guys were certainly a breath of fresh air. …

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Andrew Campbell

(After a record-breaking rainfall in July 2012 and days before we were leaving on vacation, we returned home and) found that our basement was flooded….

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