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!
Bench Footing Services
by GJ MacRae
“Quality is doing things right when no one is looking.” – Henry Ford
Bench Footing : Expand Your Basement Without Digging
The one common problem in every household is not having enough space. The house you bought was enough at the time of purchase, but as years passed, you felt a shortage of space. You bought a new couch but didn’t want to throw away the old one, and now there’s no space to store it. Or you purchased a snooker table to play with your pals, but there’s no space to keep it. THERE IS NO SPACE. So, people think about building up or building sideways. But little do they know, it will cost them a huge amount of money. Building up requires you to change the entire structure of your upper floors to increase the ceiling height, and it’s also going to cost you a fortune. Building sideways is not ideal either; you must sacrifice a huge portion of your favourite garden, and there’s no place to stroll around anymore.
But what if we tell you, you can expand your basement without spending a lot or giving away your favourite garden space. A special kind of underpinning method, called Bench footing, can be used to expand your basement below and get you enough space for that pool table or new inlaw suite!
Bench Footing Experts in Toronto
GJ MacRae Foundation Repair is a completely family-owned basement waterproofing and foundation repair company in Toronto. We have been providing complete waterproofing plus transformation services for your basement. Whether you need to waterproof your basement or want to get more space in your basement, we are your one-stop solution. We have almost five decades of experience in providing Bench footing services in Toronto. Our highly experienced staff closely inspects your basement and devises the perfect bench footing solution for expanding your basement without hindering the foundation’s structural integrity.
We have served thousands of clients and helped them get the much-needed space in their basements. Our quality service has brought us thousands of positive reviews across sites like Homestars, HGTV and Google Guaranteed. GJ MacRae Foundation Repair has been serving The GTA, Hamilton, Etobicoke, Mississauga, Toronto, Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Georgetown, and surrounding areas since 1975. Need more space in your house? Give us a call.
Benefits of Bench Footing
Bench footing or Bench underpinning is the process of expanding your basement height. You can raise the height of your basement without digging under the foundation wall and footing. This method provides additional support to the original foundation and is connected to the new floor at a lower height. This method is safe, quick and economical compared to other basement height-increasing methods.
Bench Footings are ideal for homeowners whose house is very close or attached to another building. Performing basement underpinning could be risky in such a situation. Suppose you want to increase your basement height quicker and under a small budget. In that case, then bench footing is the ideal solution for you. Even though you can get the desired height, you must sacrifice a little of your square footage to install a bench footing. However, it is still a win-win. You get a taller, livable basement and more robust foundation support at a faction of the cost.
The Process of Bench Footing
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Why Choose us?
GJ MacRae is a complete basement waterproofing and foundation repair company in Toronto. We provide a wide range of services, including bench footing and basement underpinning services. We are an entirely family-run, local business, providing basement waterproofing and other foundation repair services since 1976. Having almost five decades of experience, we have served over 10,000+ customers to date. Quality service and customer satisfaction is always our top priority.
Our skilled staff has all the experience to deliver the best service for your basement bench footing requirements. Our attention to detail and use of high-quality materials helps us to deliver perfection. We provide services in and around the Greater Toronto Area, including Hamilton, Etobicoke, Mississauga, Toronto, Oakville, Burlington, Milton, and Georgetown. All our services are backed by a 15-year transferable warranty. We have been featured on websites like HGTV, Homestars and Google Guaranteed for outstanding service.
A Word from Our Customers
Industry-leading GJ MacRae Waterproofing Services
GJ MacRae Foundation Repair provides customers with top-notch services in foundation repair in Toronto. There are various Waterproofing Services available such as Basement Waterproofing, Interior/Exterior Weeping Tile Systems, Sump Pumps Installation, Crack repair, etc. Over 48 years of experience and 10,000+ satisfied customers from Toronto, our licensed specialists are completely confident that we can guarantee the best results with the most reasonable price and warranty for each type of project request.
We specialize in basement waterproofing services for below grade concrete block, poured concrete, field stone, and rubble stone foundation walls. With over 48 years of service in the GTA and backed by the most reliable warranty in the business, see what the GJ MacRae difference is all about.
Foundation Crack Repair Toronto
Is there a crack in your poured, block, or rubble stone foundation wall, and is this crack allowing water to leak into your basement? Why do interior crack repair methods simply not work? Trust the experts and see why GJ MacRae Foundation Repair carries the most reliable crack repair warranty in the business.
Weeping Tile Systems Toronto
A century-old technology, reborn! Our services also include interior and exterior weeping tile systems coupled with deep insights and experience relating to all things drainage. Ask us about the difference between interior and exterior drainage methods and enjoy the benefit of our expertise!
Sump Pumps Toronto
Sump pumps and sump basins are an integral part of all below grade drainage strategies due to their simplicity, reliability, low cost and proven effectiveness. Ensure your sump pump, basin and battery backup system are well maintained and ready for the next big rain or thaw.
Structural Wall Repairs Toronto
Is the structure of your home moving and is this movement accelerating as the years pass? The sooner the integrity of your foundation is restored, the better. We have a full line of time-tested, certified structural foundation repair solutions tailored to your scope and budget.
Crumbling Foundations Toronto
Are your foundation walls spalling, eroding or fragmenting? Is this damage accelerating through the years? Stopping moisture penetration through your above grade concrete structure is imperative. We offer brush parging, s-type, adhesive, mesh, fiber and thermal-slurry solutions for a lasting barrier.
Basement Underpinning Toronto
GJ MacRae are pioneers of the overflow underpinning method in the Greater Toronto Area. Our underpinning process allows for safe, reliable vertical increases in basement ceiling height that can turn crawl spaces into full living quarters; and all for less than a standard second story addition.
Structural Carbon Fiber Toronto
When your foundation walls begin to show signs of cracking or bowing it is generally an indication of severe exterior lateral pressure from tree roots, hydrostatics or poorly draining soil. Click here to find out more about our full line of carbon fiber foundation reinforcement applications.
Window Wells Toronto
Basement windows are a great source of natural light and can also act as a designated fire escape, but what happens when window wells begin to deteriorate, clog and leak? Our hand excavated exterior window well repair solutions are permanent and allow for unimpeded drainage all year long, guaranteed.
Increase Your Basement Height with Bench Footing: Quick, Budget Friendly and Highly Effective
There are many methods of increasing your basement height. Still, if you want something quick, budget-friendly and highly effective simultaneously, Bench footing is the way to go. Bench footing can be carried out without hindering the existing footing, and adding the new bench enhances the structural integrity of your foundations. Also, it is very cost-effective and can be done very quickly.
So, if you have a basement with way too little height or weak footing and cracked foundation walls, contact GJ MacRae, the finest bench footing contractor in Toronto. We provide the best bench footing service in Toronto, basement waterproofing, and other foundation repair services. Give us a call or fill out the form below and our team will inspect your basement and provide an ideal solution. Feel free to contact us at (905) 824-2557 or fill out the form below.
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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.
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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.