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Make sure your house is sitting on a strong foundation

Foundations are literally what homes rest on, making them sound and stable, so it's very important for you to take care of yours, renovating or replacing it whenever necessary. Unfortunately, there are many causes for a foundation to collapse or crack: unstable ground, ground motion and the age of the building it supports.

Here are a few signs that indicate your foundation deserves to be checked: cracks in your exterior masonry, unusual cracks in your interior walls, uneven floors, hard-to-close doors or windows, and water seeping into your basement. And if you live in Quebec, you also have to make your foundation water-resistant to clay soil, which can be found in the most developed parts of this province. You must take the precautionary measure of installing a French drain to prevent water from accumulating around your foundation. Otherwise, you significantly increase the risk of foundation degradation and soil erosion problems.

Although there are many methods for repairing or replacing your foundation, there's only one rule of thumb to follow: choosing a contractor who is up to the task of this important project.

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Do I need to repair foundation cracks or build a new foundation?

In the context of a new construction, following a major disaster, structural movement, multiple major cracks, or other large-scale problems, you will need to build a new foundation or section of it.  If, however, you need to simply repair cracks and the resulting damage, we invite you to consult our page on foundation crack repairs.

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How do I know if I need to replace my existing foundation?

The best person to assess the current state of your foundation and guide you on the steps to identify the best solution is a building structural engineer. With the necessary experience with load calculations, a building engineer will be able to identify the weaknesses of your building and make recommendations - whether to add additional support or entirely redo the foundation if the problem warrants it.

Significant damage following water infiltration

Following a major water infiltration it’s possible your concrete foundation will have absorbed some of the water and weakened significantly, often resulting in cracks. Your insurance may offer you their contractors to do the foundation work. However, you should note that since they are footing the bill for the work, they will likely forego high-end service for a cheaper option which may mean sub-par quality. Request the option of comparing with contractors found externally with Reno-Assistance. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain since our services are free of charge and with no obligation! For more information on renovations following water infiltration, please visit our after-disaster renovation page.

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Replacing a section of your foundation or concrete slab

It’s possible to rebuild your concrete slab without having to rebuild your foundation walls and vice versa. If the problem arises from underground in the form of pyrite or pyrrhotite deposits, it may cause the slab to endure too much pressure, subsequently rise and eventually crack. In this circumstance you will need to diligently follow the correct procedures to ensure the complete removal of pyrite from the affected area before redoing the section of concrete for a durable finish. We have several experts in foundation construction and repairs that can help you identify and resolve the problem as a crucial first step in finishing your basement.

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House lifting

Being a little less common, but very effective when there is significant damage to your home, a house hoist will be able to life the structure to be placed back on solid new foundations. This can ensure a long life for your home and may be considered the best solution. It's a big investment but it pays off if you ultimately save your home. If you think you may need a house lift to fix your foundation problem, you should check out our home lifting page for more information.

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Choose only expert contractors for your foundation project!

Rest assured that there are many foundation renovation solutions out there — and we have the perfect 360° Verified Contractors for the job you'll need. Our renovation advisors can guide you through every stage of your foundation renovation project, referring you to the best contractors, whether you need to install foundation piles, restore and stabilize your foundation, or waterproof your foundation with a French drain.

When you contact us, one of our experienced renovation advisors, who has already worked on thousands of projects, will review your project with you to identify your specific needs, refer you to up to three of our 360° verified contractors to get quotes, and even review them with you. In fact, your advisor will give you all the information you need to make an informed contractor choice. All for FREE!

Talk to a renovation advisor now! 1-888-670-9742

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Our stamp of approval. A greater peace of mind.

With your renovation or construction project, it doesn’t pay to take chances with an unknown. Let Reno-Assistance refer you to one of our experts with our coveted 360° Verified Contractor stamp of approval — your peace of mind that our dedicated verification team has done a complete 360 of their credentials and track record. And you can take our word for it — literally. Everything we can share as we verify our 360° Verified Contractors is written in our 360° Verification Report, the only one of its kind in the industry. Bottom line? Only the best get our stamp of approval — and only the best get referred to you.

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