Abarent Construction has been serving customers across Canada for over 30 years. Through our work, we have become one of the most respected and innovative foundation repair contractors. We’re now able to serve residents of Lower Mainland of British Columbia with an office in Vancouver. Abarent can help residents of Vancouver and beyond with their concrete foundation repair issues.
We are permit-holders and a fully accredited construction and engineering firm. We are also licensed and Bonded with Consumer and Corporate Affairs. Abarent has stringent written guarantees and provides references and proof of licenses with every concrete foundation repair estimate we give a customer and we carry Errors and Omissions Insurance.
We are also regularly audited for compliance with the COR safety program and have $5 Million in Liability Insurance and as well as Workers’ Compensation Board coverage.
As houses age, they can begin to exhibit signs of foundation damage. Some of them may not look serious, but it could point to a shifting or sinking foundation. Here are some foundation problems you should look out for on a regular basis which may indicate you need an inspection.
If you see that screws, or nails, are popping out of your drywall or notice small zig-zagging cracks in your drywall or the tiles (especially if they are horizontal or 45-degrees near your ceiling), this could be the beginning signs of a foundation issue.
You should keep an eye out for cracks that are bigger than 1/8″ wide on your exterior walls. Also, if you see any bricks protruding or cracked it is a sign your foundation may be shifting.
As a foundation begins to settle, it might have an impact on your doors, windows and even your floors. You should be concerned if you notice that a door or window that once closed easily is now are out of square, or if your floor seems uneven or “bouncy.”
The humidity and heat levels in attics and basements can dry out or cause mold beams of your home, or cracks in the piers (concrete cylinders which support the weight of the house). Make sure you have a professional inspect these areas.
Expansion joints, or movement joints, are used in construction to help buildings compensate for movement caused by the shifting of the soil, fluctuations in temperature, changes in humidity, wind, and other events. If expansion joints fail, or your exterior wall is pulling away from the interior wall, it can impact the foundation stabilization and lead to catastrophic structural issues.
If you see any of these issues above, it might be time for a foundation inspection. Small flaws and cracks in your foundation can become huge issues and huge expense. These small cracks can get bigger over time and allow water and moisture can get into your home. This can have a tremendously negative impact your air quality due to mold and mildew, and also cause severe structural damage.
If you see jagged cracks, stair/step cracks, or 45-degree cracks (cracks from the edges of doors or windows toward the ceiling) you might need some foundation crack repairs. If you’re seeing multiple cracks or issues, we highly recommend an inspection to ensure no other measure need to be taken to prevent long-term foundation damage.
You may have to consider weeping tile (French drain) installation or repair, waterproofing, or even foundation underpinning. This will all be dependent on the severity of the foundation crack issues which are caught during the inspection.
If you’re seeing issues with your foundation, book time for a foundation inspection. Abarent Construction can conduct comprehensive residential and commercial inspections and reporting.
Contact Abarent to learn more, get a quote, and book a foundation inspection with our Vancouver team.
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