Should I Repair My Foundation Or Replace It?

Many homeowners feel that if their foundation is cracked or damaged, the logical thing to do is to replace it. However, as with most home repairs, it's important to consider ALL your options if you want to get the most for your money and the least disruption of daily family life.

Whether you choose to repair or replace the foundation, this is a job you'll only want to take care of once. The most important thing is to find an effective, permanent solution from a contractor you can trust.

At Omni Basement Systems, we'd like to help you find the best solution to your foundation problem. We can perform a comprehensive inspection of your foundation, providing a professional consultation and a written cost quote. If you'd like to schedule a free foundation repair quote, call or e-mail us today!

What's Causing My Foundation Problem?

Soil layers exposed while excavating to construct a new foundation in Waterloo

Soil layers tell a story at this building site Georgetown.

The different types of soil around a foundation will behave in different ways as temperature and moisture conditions change, possibly affecting the condition of the foundation.

In a nutshell, foundation settlement is the movement your home experiences when the soil beneath it shrinks, settles, or can no longer support the structure's weight.

Changes that occur in those soils -- such as drying & shrinking, wetting & softening, compacting and swelling -- all affect the stability, strength and overall condition of your foundation.

A foundation with bowing, buckling walls is demonstrating the damage caused by expansive soils. When clay-rich soils absorb moisture, their volume increases dramatically.

This can increase pressure on your home's foundation walls by thousands of pounds, causing walls to bow and buckle inward.

A home that is experiencing foundation issues is not likely to get better on its own. As the constant cycle of wet and dry periods continues, your home is likely to experience damage on a continuing basis.The sooner the problem is addressed, the better.

Excavating to expose the foundation walls and footings for a replacement job in Waterloo

Foundation Replacement

With total foundation replacement, heavy equipment is brought in to totally excavate the soil around your home and expose the foundation.

Anything around the foundation -- such as porches, steps, gardens, walkways, and foliage -- would be removed.

The house would need to be "jacked up" on temporary supports as the foundation walls and slab floor and are removed. After the new foundation is built, the house is lowered into place, the soil is replaced and the landscape details are restored as much as possible.

This process is disruptive, time-consuming, and much more expensive than foundation repair.

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installing a wall anchor to repair an bowing foundation wall in Milton

Foundation Repair

Following a thorough foundation inspection, the foundation repair contractor will explain how and why the damage occurred, and how specialized materials and techniques can be used to make permanent repairs.

There are a variety of solutions that can be applied. If you have buckling foundation walls, for example, foundation wall anchors may be suggested as the solution.

Foundation repair can be performed year-round, and many repairs just take a day to complete. Our foundation products include a 25-year written warranty, as well as our own performance warranty.

More about our foundation repair products.

Call Us For A Free Foundation Quote In Ontario!

As your locally owned and operated foundation repair contractor, we have the tools, training, and professional foundation services you need to permanently solve your problem. Our warranted solutions can restore the value and structural stability of your home.

We offer free foundation repair quotes throughout our service area. Each written quote includes an on-site inspection of your problem, professional answers to all your foundation questions, and a copy of our 90-page full-color foundation repair book.

We proudly serve the Ontario area, including Oakville, Hamilton, Burlington, and many areas nearby.

Looking for a price? Get a no cost, no obligation free estimate.

our service area

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Our Locations:

Omni Basement Systems
95 Frid Street Unit 3
Hamilton, ON L8P 4M3
1-289-769-8994