This pre-1950 house with a cinderblock foundation had a few issues. We were called in to investigate a foundation problem after work with another contractor the home owner had hired went terribly wrong. The exterior excavation was a mess. The contractor ran into problems with some unique attributes of the existing foundation on the exterior and was not performing up to the homeowner’s standards for what should have been an interior reinforcement wall on the inside of the basemen


The cinder block wall had inward deflection for which the 1st contractor was attempting to install an interior support wall. The construction we viewed during our first inspection was inadequate and would not have performed or passed any Engineering inspection. Even the homeowner with no prior experience could recognize it’s shortcomings. We would need to remove everything the prior contractor had done.

The basement floor had been lowered to the bottom of the footing elevation at some time during past renovations. This created a structural issue in the installation of weeping tile that would be required. We would have to excavate wider to allow for the proper location of exterior weeping tile without interfering with the bearing of the footing.



  • We cleaned up all prior excavated material and excavated the entire foundation perimeter. All excavated fill was hauled away.
  • Project Engineering was completed and a Building Permit was obtained from the City of Edmonton.
  • An interior PWF structural reinforcement wall was constructed on the interior perimeter. This wall was inspected and passed by an Engineer at completion.
  • 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 home owner was able to move on with a safe, solid, waterproof foundation and some lessons learned.


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

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

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

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