Xpert Excavation: The ideal solution to remedy foundation cracks
With over 15 years of experience, our company is recognized as the essential specialist in foundation crack repair. We understand how disturbing a crack on your property can be and quickly become a source of stress. Our knowledge ensures you an impeccable and professional service. Do not hesitate to contact us now for an estimate or for any questions regarding foundation repair in Gatineau and Ottawa
The Foundations: Fundamental Pillar of Your Home
The foundation represents an essential element, because it is on it that the stability of a house or construction rests. In reality, it is as important as the roof of a building. Keeping your property’s foundation in good condition is of the utmost importance. A crack, whether serious or not, in the foundation, often causes great concern among homeowners, and over time, it can lead to more serious consequences. Understanding the causes of a crack helps prevent possible more serious damage. In these cases, it is recommended to carry out a foundation repair.
What causes a crack in the foundation?
In general, it is the movement of the ground that causes the construction to sag, thus causing cracks in the foundation. Some types of soil, such as clay, swell when exposed to water and create voids when they dry out. Although sometimes a crack can result from a hidden defect or poorly executed construction, it is important to note that cracks can also form due to the weather and climate conditions in our area.
How to prevent the appearance of cracks in the foundation?
The expression: “prevention is better than cure” finds its full meaning when we approach the subject of foundation repair. To preserve the value of your home and avoid costly damage, here are some suggested preventative measures to take regularly:
- Inspect the slopes of your property to ensure water is properly directed away from the house.
- Regularly check the condition of your French drain (cleaning and inspection of the French drain) and ensure that it is functioning properly.
- Carry out regular inspections of the condition of your foundation.
Our Foundation Crack Repair Process
Our team of experts is at your disposal to take care of the repair of your cracks or your foundation. Here is a brief description of the steps in our procedure:
- Inspection of water marks inside the building.
- Excavation of the area facing water marks.
- Clearing the seat (jogging).
- High pressure washing of the foundation.
- Checking and repairing the French drain.
- Preparation and sealing of the crack.
- Application of a waterproofing membrane.
- Backfilling of the excavated area.
- Finished with top soil on request.
- Cleaning of premises.
The two main types of work we carry out are waterproofing and foundation reinforcement. We use hydrophilic products such as polyurethane and epoxy. The polyurethane creates a waterproof barrier, while the epoxy serves as a patch for large cracks. The foundation is reinforced by steel anchoring.
Calling on Xpert Excavation: a wise choice in Gatineau and Ottawa
By choosing our team for foundation repair, you guarantee quality work carried out by professionals. While the idea of undertaking the task yourself may be tempting to save costs, it is unfortunately common for people to not have the necessary tools or qualifications, which can result in higher costs than expected.