concrete and foundation services in St. Catharines, ON

Many people are scared of foundation repair because they don’t know much about it. Repairing a foundation is not absolute, which means the homeowner always has choices. The first question is whether the foundation needs to be repaired at all.

Here are a few signs that your foundation may need to be repaired that you can look for in your own home:

• Are the floors sloping?
• Are there any cracks around the door or window frames?
• Do the exterior walls, or foundation walls have cracks?
• Do any of the doors or windows open or close properly?
• Is there any separation between walls, floors, or ceilings?

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can crawl under your house if it has a crawl space. You’ll want to check to see if the foundation is cracked. If so, how big are the cracks, and does one side of the crack appear to be lifting or sinking away from the other? The size of the crack and whether one side is pulling away from the other will indicate whether that section needs to be replaced or can be held together with steel straps bolted to the foundation.

The next issue to address is why the concrete foundation cracked in the first place. This could be due to expansive soil expanding or contracting (soil with high clay content). It could also be due to oversaturation of the soil as a result of poor drainage, or it could simply be that the soil beneath the foundation is of poor quality. Every home is unique and must be addressed as such.

STC Masonry’s goal is to engineer and build the most precise, practical, and responsible repair for our customers’ property, in accordance with State and Local Building Codes and with their budget in mind so that they can realize their property correction goals.

It is always necessary to hire a specialist and obtain permits when repairing a concrete foundation. This is for YOUR protection, the homeowner.

We are one of the top foundation repair specialists in St. Catharines, ON. If you have any questions about your foundation, please give us a call, and we will be happy to help you.

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