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.
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