GJ MacRae Foundation Repair

The Original Wetbasements Experts – Since 1975

FAQ About Basement Foundation Repair

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Written and Edited By Gavin MacRae


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Many homeowners don’t know much about basement foundation repair. From the issue to the method of repair, every step of basement foundation repair is important! This blog will answer some of our most frequently asked questions about foundation repair and all that is involved in the process!

What is the difference between hand excavation and machine?

There is a big difference between hand excavation and machine excavation. Hand excavation leaves much less damage to the property. Machine excavation is quicker, but it leaves much more damage and is difficult and dangerous in tight-access areas. The team at GJ MacRae prefers to use hand excavation whenever possible!

What time of year can this type of work be completed in?

Our team works year round! Whether you need exterior foundation repair or interior foundation repair, our team can repair the problem no matter what season it is. Just keep in mind that heavy rains and snow storms can slow down the process!

If digging from the outside, what about my gardens and shrubs?

That’s why we opt for hand excavation! Our team will carefully remove and replace interlocking stone, garden beds, and even shrubbery!

Do I need to obtain a permit for this work?

If you’re looking for waterproofing-related foundation repair, permits are generally not required. Permits are only required when the structure of your home is being changed, i.e. underpinning.

Do you lay down tarps before work starts?

We always lay down tarps before we begin a job! These tarps are used to separate the excavated soil from the rest of your property! We then use this soil to backfill the areas where we’ve dug.

Do you locate underground services before the work begins?

We always locate underground services before we begin a job. We identify where the Hydro, Gas, and Data services are located so we know we can do the job properly and efficiently!

The GJ MacRae Difference

The team at GJ MacRae have been repairing basement foundation cracks in Toronto and surrounding areas for decades. Our staff know the ins and outs of all foundation repair steps and will leave your home dry and looking like they were never there! If you want to learn more about foundation repair contact us today!

Gavin MacRae is a professional foundation repair and basement waterproofing expert with over 20 years of experience in the field. He has extensive knowledge about foundation issues such as settlement, and cracks as well as expertise in repair techniques. Gavin is also highly skilled in basement waterproofing using interior and exterior methods. He has worked with hundreds of homeowners to provide permanent solutions to foundation and basement problems.