Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of our most frequently asked questions. If you do not see your question below, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Basement Underpinning

In most cases, if your basement is showing signs of cracking or settling, then it may need to be underpinned. Other signs that suggest you need underpinning include bowing walls and sloping floors as well as moisture in the basement. If you are uncertain, contact a professional for an assessment.

The length of time for underpinning depends on the size and scope of the job. Generally, underpinning a single-story house can take anywhere from one to two weeks whereas underpinning a multi-story structure may take more than three weeks.

Underpinning can be disruptive depending on the extent of work and location. If it’s a simple job, then there may only be minor disruption such as jackhammering for one to two days. However, larger jobs may require excavation which can cause more noise and dust. We will provide tips and suggestions on how to prepare for your renovation project.

Yes, there can be safety concerns related to underpinning such as the risk of collapse or structural damage due to poor workmanship. It is incredibly crucial to hire an experienced and reputable company who adheres to safety regulations in order to avoid any potential risks. As one of the largest basement underpinning companies in the GTA, we take safety incredibly seriously.

Yes, you will need a permit for basement underpinning in Toronto and the GTA. As part of the Ontario Building Code all structural alterations to an existing home require permits from your local city building department. Depending on the scope and size of the project, additional permits may also be required from other departments such as the Ministry of Environment or Conservation Authorities. It is essential to obtain all the necessary permits prior to beginning any work. Failing to do so can result in costly delays and penalties. We will guide you through the whole process.

Interior Waterproofing

The main goal is to get your basement as dry as possible. If there is a small leak, you can use dehumidifiers and towels. If the leak is much larger, you can open your windows, and use a dehumidifier and a wet vacuum to get rid of the water. You will also want to remove or protect anything that could be damaged by the water and grow mold – furniture, carpeting, flooring, etc. These are short-term solutions, but you will need to call waterproofing experts to diagnose the source of the leak and determine long-term solutions.

The time range depends on a number of factors, including the severity of the leak, the source of the leak, the type of foundation, etc. The job could take anywhere from a day to weeks to complete. Also note, if you need work done on your foundation, you will need to wait for the ground to be dry, meaning you will have to try to keep the basement as dry as possible until you find a period without rain for the waterproofers to start working on the repair.

Precipitation and runoff are absorbed into the ground. Over time, the water sitting against your foundation can cause cracks. At first, these cracks may be smaller. Eventually, especially with a lot of consistent rain or water, the cracks will expand, allowing water to seep through, into your basement.

Interior waterproofing consists of a series of pipes and drains that make up a drainage system. Water from leaks are caught in this system, and brought to a sump pit, where the water is stored. Once the water reaches a certain level, the sump pump will automatically start pumping the water out and away from your home. These pumps are usually equipped with a backup battery for extra precaution.

Back Water Valve & Sump Pump

The backwater valve is a flap that allows water to pass through, then closes to prevent backflow, stopping water from coming back in.

A sump pump is a pump that gathers water from the sump pit and releases it out and away from the home.

These are important parts of the drainage system that can help you remove water that already got into your home or prevent water from getting in. There are a number of benefits to having them installed, including eliminating the chance of mold, protecting your home’s structure, and saving on other damage costs.

If water already got into your home, chances are you would first need to repair the entry points. However, if you do not have proper drainage, water will continue to pool and water will eventually find its way back in. The backwater valve and sump pump are proactive measures to re-route the water away from your home (sump pump), and make sure it cannot get back in (backwater valve).

Drain & Drainage Systems

A drain system is a system of pipes that transport rainwater, sewage, and other forms of liquid waste to their proper disposal location.

Drain systems are great for removing water that has already entered your basement, and makes sure it cannot get back in. If you are fortunate enough to not have experienced water damage up to this point, it is a good idea to consider it as a preventative measure – your future self will thank you for it!

In addition to basement drain maintenance and replacements, we also provide plumbing services for clogged drains and sewers, blocked sinks, showers, and tubs, leaky pipes, and mineral build-ups.

Yes, drain pipes should be cleaned roughly every 2-3 years. If you have a floor drain, you can pour water into it to remove any build-up and debris.

Concrete Work

Concrete is a great alternative to other materials. It is durable, low-maintenance, and cost-effective. There are many existing types of concrete, which can often be purchased pre-mixed to save you time and hassle. Concrete also comes with a variety of finishes, so you can match it to your home.

Here are just a few of the many benefits of using concrete: it is cost-effective (especially if you are looking to cover a larger area), it can boost the value of your property, and it eliminates moisture and humidity (preventing mold from growing).

Yes, concrete can be customized to suit your home. A variety of stains, dyes, and coloured hardeners can be added to adjust the colour. Aggregates can also be added for a rougher surface, or you can choose from a  variety of textures (troweled, smooth, polished, stamped).

The cost of the job depends on a number of factors, including the size of the job, in addition to the time and materials required. If you would like to get an estimate for your job, reach out to our team who would be happy to help!