GJ MacRae Foundation Repair

The Original Wetbasements Experts – Since 1975

The Value of Structural Engineering

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Written and Edited By Gavin MacRae


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The Essential Role of A Structural Engineer for Foundation Repairs 

Hiring a structural engineer for your foundation repair or underpinning project is a great first step that will save you time and money in the long run. Structural engineers are licensed professionals who specialize in designing strong, long lasting foundation walls, underpins, structural reinforcements and footings. In addition, they understand the importance of making sure that all building projects meet local safety codes and regulations. Furthermore, they possess the knowledge to spot potential problems that may arise during construction, saving homeowners thousands of dollars in costly repairs down the road. Structural engineers also have valuable insights into material sciences which essentially translates into higher quality builds. For instance, they can advise on solutions depending on soil type or determine how much steel reinforcement should be used in certain areas of a project to ensure stability and reduce long-term costs associated with upkeep. Lastly, a high quality contractor-engineering relationship is a must have for any foundation repair or basement underpinning project as this open line of communication translates into an extremely high-quality end product. 

How A Structural Engineer Adds Value

Structural engineering is an important part of the foundation repair and underpinning process, but how does a structural engineer add value? Engineers are key as they are responsible for designing and analyzing repair strategies for various components of a structure including footings, foundation walls, support beams and underpins.  They also ensure that these components can withstand the load they’re designed for as well as staying cognisant of environmental factors such as wind or snow loads. Structural engineers essentially make sure that all supports are in place to create a safe, reliable and long lasting environment for building occupants.

High Quality Local Structural Engineers

KH Davis Engineering – Toronto
(416) 489-1228

Strong Builds Engineering – Mississauga
(647) 995-7461 

Revive Engineering – Oakville
(647) 648-3969

Seymour Home Consulting – Burlington/Hamilton
(905) 634-1414

Additional Resources

Contact GJ MacRae Foundation Repair for industry leading basement waterproofing, foundation repair and underpinning repairs and advice. Also, check out our new youtube web series called ‘In The Field’ where we break down structural foundation repair projects in detail. Click the video below for more!

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.