Keep an Eye Out for Foundation Warning Signs This Spring
Spring is just around the corner – that should be a positive thought! The daylight get longer, the temperature gets warmer, beautiful flowers begin to bloom…what’s not to love? Unfortunately, if you are a homeowner you need to think about snow melt. If you have bad drainage or crack in your home’s foundation, snow melt is a disaster waiting to happen. Add soil expansion/contraction to the mix, and you could be greeted with a long list of household problems this spring. Considering we just the record single day snowfall in Ottawa, snow melt is a concern this year now more than ever.
The solution to this problem is to keep an eye out for warning signs and take care of them right away. The quick change in temperatures with the arrival of spring causes the snow to melt. As if moisture wasn’t a big enough problem already, heavy spring rains only add to the issue. Excess moisture needs to find a place to go, and if you didn’t take preventative measures beforehand, water will find its way into your basement.
Hydrostatic pressure is another concern. Excess moisture in the soil will press against your home’s foundation. If there are any cracks, it is simply physics that the water will seep in to find relief from the pressure.
Next, poor grading on your property could be a major problem in the spring. Melting snow and ice, combined with spring rain, will naturally drain in the direction of the slope on your property. If for any reason the slope directs toward your foundation instead of away from it, then you’re in trouble.
And unfortunately, this isn’t even the worst of it. If the problem goes unnoticed or untreated, hazardous mould will begin to grow in your basement. Mould can cause many health issues, including coughing, sneezing, and even severe consequences like memory loss.
Fortunately, this disaster scenario can be averted with a little care and attention. Here are some warning signs to keep an eye on if you are concerned about foundation problems:
Outside the house:
- Cracks in the foundation
- Gaps between doors, windows and walls
- Cracks in the bricks
Inside the house:
- Accumulated water in the basement
- Cracks on the walls
- Presence of mould and mildew
Since there is a solution for every problem, you need not fret. There are experts and professional contractors that offer a range of repair services. Minor leaks and cracks can be handled by yourself but it the damage is extensive, then you will need an expert to better diagnose the problem and advise what is the way to approach the problem. There can be more than one way to address one problem and at different prices. If you want permanent foundation repair and basement waterproofing, give City Residential Foundation Repair a call!
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I would have no hesitation in recommending City Foundation. They fixed up my foundation last summer and although the old house produced a few surprises, the professionals at City Foundation got around the problems cheerfully and completed the work. From the start, Chuck kept me informed of all of my options. If I asked for something not already in the plan, he would try to accommodate me if at all possible Chuck and his colleague Don were friendly, and respectful. They showed up every day, put in a solid day's work and always left the property clean, neat and safe for us to move around. And, the price was fair with no surprises. Great guys, good job!
Excellent service, friendly
We had Chuck and his team repair a crack in our cold storage room - they were punctual, neat, and friendly. The job was completed very quickly with great results. Would definitely hire them again and recommend them to friends.
Chuck did a very good job. He promised to be finished by a certain date and he was good to his word. He kept me informed of his progress through pictures sent to my email account while I was at work. My backyard is nicely landscaped and there was no damage or debris left in my yard - just a new window well and no basement leaks.
Can't say enough about the workmanship of Chuck and his crew. They assessed the problem(leak in the foundation) quoted me a price, booked appointment, showed up on time and did a very professional job.The work site was cleaned up to the point it was hard to tell there had been any serious digging at the site. If I have similar problems with my foundation they will be the first people I will call!! I would not hesitate to recommend Chuck and his crew if you have foundation problems that need repair. Duncan Hardie
Professsional and Polite
My experience with City Residential was very positive. I had a crack on my foundation and knew we needed it fixed. They came in and addressed the situation and did the work cleanly and professionaly. Our property was kept nice and tidy during the repairs and they worked safely during the work. Its been a few years now since the work and no issues whatsoever. I will be using them again once we decided to fix a few areas around the garage that they pointed out would need fixing someday. Very happy and positive experience.
Foundation Crack (back) and Drainage (front)
The foundation crack at the back was difficult to get to and difficult to dig out. The work was done well and on time. the drainage trench at the front was also done very well and on time. I hope I don't need Chuck again but if I have foundation, drainage issues, he will be my 1st call. bc
This is a highly professional company with reliable, honest service. Chuck, the owner, came exactly when promised, took the time to listen to my concerns, explained the problem in an easy to understand language, described in great detail how it could be fixed, and what was - and what was not - necessary. Chuck and his team's attitude and service were at all times very honest, courteous and highly professional. Although I needed to be out of town, there were no surprises or additional costs, and everything was left tidy and clean. Chuck even followed up a couple of days later to check if everything was all right and done to my satisfaction. All in all, I was very impressed with the quality of work and the services received and would highly recommend the company.
City Residential Foundation Repair
Chuck Naish and his team from City Residential Foundation Repair were excellent to deal with in every aspect. Their level of integrity throughout the entire process was outstanding. They were honest, respectful and their ability to explain the process and the solution options were extremely helpful to us. The scope of the project was big, however Chuck walked us through every step of the way; assessment, testing, options and repairs which resulted in a very successful outcome. In addition, Chuck and his team were able to complete the necessary repairs with minimal impact to our newly completed landscaping which included a lot of hard scape, tiered armour stone, gardens and a pool. They kept the work site impeccable over the duration of the project. We have and will continue to highly recommend Chuck Naish for his very professional and skilled foundation repair work.
My experience with City Residential was great. Chuck was very friendly and very easy to deal with. I especially appreciated that he was able to come by and do the estimate in the evening when I was off work. They did the work exactly as they said they would, no surprises (which in my mind is the most you can ask for). I was really surprised by how clean they left everything in the evenings and when the job was complete. They will definitley be the first people I call if I ever need more foundation work.
Weeping Tile system replaced
We are very please with the work that was done. It was always a pleasure to speak with the owner and explain to him what was going on. Although we found the job to be pricey, it is impossible for us to determine if it was adequate or not at it's hard to compare to others. He ran into several problems at my house while doing the job and he took it upon himself to call the City at two different occasion so they could do some testing before he could go on. Safety was very important for them so they took all the necessary precaution so that no one could get hurt or fall into the hole that were done all around the house.