This house is an early 1900’s house located in a part of Edmonton where there are many historic houses. We were called in after the home owner had hired another company to perform a foundation replacement on his house. After several months of work, it became increasingly apparent to the homeowner that his contractor was not experienced in this type of work and in “over his head”. We were called in to salvage the project and save the client’s home. Initial inspection of situation revealed that the house was improperly supported by the previous contractor.
The house was re-supported professionally, moved off the excavation to the rear of the yard and safety fence and barricades installed. Due to the manner in which the excavation was done by the prior contractor and the length of time frost had effected the soil we elected to call in a Forensic Engineering firm to evaluate our client’s house as well as the neighboring properties.
It was determined that the neighboring properties were okay, but that further excavation should not be performed. What this meant to us was that we did not have enough room to install proper “spread footings” and weeping tile.
I’m sure this client would tell you to carefully check out your contractor, check out prior work and ask a lot of questions. This project ended up costing the client more than it needed to cost due to the mistakes his first contractor made.
It's no surprise that repairing a home's foundation and all that comes with the project would be a stressful, messy and unpredicatable job. Kevin and his team took the time to ensure the job was done well and done right. Kevin communicated with us every step of the way and always told us the truth whether it was good news or not. Personally, feeling secure that someone is being truthful is a big deal for me when dealing in an area that is not my forte. I appreciated his candor.★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Abarent provided a 3-page, itemized list of the specific work to be done at each stage of the project, including descriptions of optional issues (including additional costs) that might arise during the work. The company president did the initial walk-through for their estimate and later went through it, line by line. He pointed out potential problems and things we had to prepare for during the work (extra cracks, concrete dust, effects on neighbors, etc.)... Repairing a foundation is a very traumatic event for any householder because all of your house investment is (literally!) in the air. If you have to do it, call Abarent. They are professional - we cannot recommend them highly enough.★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Their employees were hard working, knowledgeable and courteous. They were so confident that they were going to fix my problem for good, that it left me with no doubt. Although there are many companies doing this type of work, Abarent clearly knows their stuff. Once the job was done, I knew I had made the right choice.★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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. An honest contractor, bang on with the timeline, finished on time, within budget, your "nothing is too much trouble" attitude...and a job well done.★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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