This 1970’s house had symptoms of differential foundation movement and settlement.  This was a revenue property with a long-term sale goal for the client.  The client wanted to be sure that their foundation settlement issues had been resolved.  We elected to use screw piles to underpin the entire foundation.  Due to backfill heights we decided that the existing expansive clay backfill would be changed to stone to drastically reduce the lateral loads on the foundation wall.


  • Stabilize the foundation to prevent further settlement
  • Perform Project Engineering and Obtain Building Permits
  • Relieve lateral pressure on the foundation
  • Waterproof foundation
  • Install weeping tile for footing drainage
  • Install a sump system to drain weeping tile


  • Project Engineering was completed and a Building Permit was obtained from the City of Edmonton.
  • A soil bore hole was done and helical piles for underpinning were designed specific to the site requirements.
  • Piles were successfully installed and design torques were achieved.
  • We waterproofed the exterior wall, installed weeping tile and a sump system.
  • The exterior was backfilled with washed stone to reduce lateral loads on the foundation.
  • All required inspections were performed and passed. The client was able to move on with a stabilized and waterproofed foundation. A year later they sold their house with no issue.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for a job well done. After this past weekend’s deluge, our basement was left completely dry.

Aileen & Wayne Dembicki

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.

John Baker

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.

Michael Abbott

It is terrific to see that your company’s motto of “Quality without Compromise” is more than just words… The job was completed ahead of schedule and the workers ensured that when they left, the yard looked just like it did when they arrive. Well, actually it looked better…

Don and Eve Neil