“A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well.” – Jeff Bezos
Major changes to the structure of your home, such as installing oversized iron beams or removing posts to have a clear, wide open basement can be one of the most stressful renovations a homeowner can take on. Hiring the wrong contractor can be a dangerous and costly mistake. You need an experienced, seasoned, mature structural foundation repair contractor that is well versed in planning and implementing these specific structural repairs. We’ve been doing an average of three to four of these projects per month since 1985. Whether it’s installing one ton beams into a basement in Hamilton or lowering a basement floor four feet in Cabbagetown, we routinely take what can be a complicated process and make it simple.
HERITAGE STRUCTURAL RESTORATION – A FORGOTTEN ART
Installing a steel beam in a home that is under construction is a fairly straightforward procedure due to the easy access to the foundation, but in a finished home or heritage structure it takes a special skill set to transport and install a heavy beam into the basement safely. The key is doing it all without stepping on your neighbours’ toes! It may be our worksite, but it’s your home. A crucial component to a project going smoothly is the involvement of a structural engineer right from the start. Quite often we are told by homeowners that another contractor has told them that they don’t need to get permits or have any plans drawn up. Not having any plans or an engineer to oversee the project can mean this contractor could cut corners without the homeowner even noticing. Permits and plans are there to protect you. The structural engineer writes the game plan and we follow it to the letter.
DOCUMENTATION IS KEY
- Vertical Loads (Gravity)
- Live Loads (Temporary)
- Horizontal Loads (Lateral)
An engineer will take into account the “loads” on the home. Structures are subject to vertical (gravity) loads and horizontal (lateral) loads. Gravity loads include “deadweight”, or permanent loads, which is ultimately is the weight of the structure pressing down vertically. This includes its walls, floors, finishes, and mechanical systems. A “live” (or temporary load) includes the weight of a structure’s contents and occupants, most importantly including the weight of snow and precipitation. Lateral loads include those generated by the wind or soil against the foundation. The changes to the home must be designed so that, as a system, the structure can resist all loads that will act directionally upon it over time.
The one critical item on any structural or renovation drawing is a small round stamp, signed by a registered structural engineer and usually located at the bottom right corner. This verifies that the components of the structure have been reviewed by a professional engineer to ensure that these items can properly carry the loads needed to prevent structural damage to the home under normal use. Any modifications to this plan must be further reviewed by an engineer to meet the same criteria.
Another often overlooked aspect to working without proper permits is having to account for a lack of documentation when it comes time to sell your home. Not being able to show that the work was done professionally (with the guidance and supervision of a qualified engineer) can cast doubt on the safety of the structure and in turn mean a much lower final sale price. The ability to show that everything passed inspection (every step of the way) assures the buyer the structure is stable and allows the seller to move forward with peace of mind.
When you hire us to make major structural modifications to your home, we look at it as more than just taking out a post or pouring a floor. We look at it as project management. We’re connected to some of the best tradesmen in the city and if the job also calls for electrical, plumbing, drywall, etc., we can help you choose the best people to ensure a smooth project. We have an expression around here that goes “The customer already has a job, don’t give them another one”. We try to make things as simple as possible. You don’t need to be at your job worrying about what’s happening at ours.
When you hire us you hire confidence. Confidence in our experience, confidence in our staff, confidence in knowing that when you come home at the end of the day your project is in the best hands possible.
DOING IT RIGHT
By doing things right, following the process above to the letter and using the most robust materials possible, we know the repair will last; our 42-year longevity proves that! Our crews take pride in their work and have been with us for decades!
We’re old school, and it works.
6 Step Repair Process:
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Underpinning a Century Home
Complete underpinning detail with combined structural I-BEAM replacement and installation within a heritage structure in west-end Toronto.
Interior Weeping Tile System Installation
The complete installation of a 4″ interior weeping tile system combined with a sump box and sump pump.
Sump Pump Installation
1/3hp cast iron oil-cooled sump basin and pump installation with a 12VDC battery-backup system (with combined current alarm).
Garage Floor Installation
Installation of a fresh concrete garage floor at 32MPA with exterior expansion joint integration at a dimension of approximately 30ft x 25ft.
Addition vs Underpinning?
What is the difference between building an addition vs underpinning? Why is underpinning more advantageous?
So, What’s Next?
Step One To Three. When we say The Arc, we are talking not only about the company or the team. We are talking about our wonderful customers. We would never find motivation and the strength to do our job without all of them. We are proud of our clients.
Observe and Document
Observe and identify the foundation leak or structural deficiency and document.
The moment a foundation issue is detected, narrow down the area in your basement right away. Feel free to move any furniture, couches or carpet that are in the way to allow us to make evaluation process easier. On the exterior of foundation wall, take note of your existing grade, shrubbery, trees, water taps or any variable that may be contributing to the leak. Remember, don’t forget to check your eavestroughs!
Submit A Request Online
Complete our Request form here, and include as many photos and details as you can.
If you prefer to contact us online through email, please click here. We can help guide you through the most common foundation culprits to help save you time and money, and help you avoid the pitfalls of misdiagnosis or faulty repairs. If the issue is structural in nature, ask us about our engineering options. We offer free estimates, and we can help you make the best choice to stay high and dry for years to come
Call Us at (905) 824 2557
Or you can call us directly! Our office hours are Monday to Friday, 8AM – 5PM
If you would prefer to call us directly, we are available between Monday and Friday 8AM – 5PM. Let us guide you through the most common foundation culprits to help you avoid the pitfalls of misdiagnosis or faulty repairs. If the issue is structural in nature, ask us about our engineering options. We offer free estimates, and can guide you over the phone to help you make the best choice to stay high and dry.
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full service basement waterproofing and structural foundation repair specialists in the gta.