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Choose the right foundation repair contractor

The recent weather is more than reason enough to take another look at your foundation. Frequent snow falls, rains and the recent ice storm may have caused serious damage to your home’s foundation, especially if you have blocked or poor drainage. We spoke to Noreen MacRae of G J Foundation Repair about what you need to know about choosing the right foundation repair contractor.

G J MacRae Foundation Repair are the original full service basement waterproofing and structural foundation repair people in the Greater Toronto Area.  What separates them from the crowd is that they do the difficult stuff, structural foundation repair; the work other contractors don’t do. G J MacRae is a family owned and operated company and they are very proud that Noreen’s son Gavin, now 3rd generation, is fully entrenched in all aspects of their daily operations.

“With all of these DIY TV shows, you have guys out there that think waterproofing a basement only requires Braun and a shovel!” Noreen MacRae of G J Foundation Repair explains. “Or they want to bring in a back hoe to repair a residential crack; talk about rip and tear!”

Foundations are serious business

Make no mistake, basement waterproofing and structural foundation repair is serious business and should be done by an experienced, licensed, accredited waterproofing contractor.  Do your homework.  Contractors may all seem the same but they’re not.

Methods of repair vary

Methods of repair are different, materials used are different, workers’ skills and experience vary — but how do you know? Be diligent, do your homework and understand the cheapest price is not always the best way to go.  How do you know what’s being left out? Do you know the right questions to ask? You’ve heard the old saying if it’s too good to be true…well it usually is!  Insist on a written quote specifying in detail proposed work and warranties.

Understand your warranty

Understand that to maintain your warranty you must keep your eaves trough and downspouts running clear. A good rule of thumb is to have them checked and cleaned by a professional at least twice a year!  This will go a long way in preventing basement leaks and unnecessary expenses down the road.  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! 

No deposit should be required and for larger jobs, weekly progress payments are the norm.

“Then we have the internet spouting everyone and his brother can fix your basement!  “I do everything” they say and can sound quite convincing; don’t be fooled,” Noreen says. “Stick to the major players.  Once you start doing your research you will find us.  Specialists who only do foundation repair work on a daily basis.”

G J MacRae is a full service waterproofing and foundation repair company. Their waterproofing services includes: exterior crack repair, window wells, weeping tile INT / EXT, sump boxes, sump pumps, French drainage systems. Their structural foundation repair services includes: crawl space and cold room repair, bowing buckling walls, crumbling and or leaning walls, footing and underpinning repair.  Their crown jewel is their owner invented MacRae Vibropak Underpinning System.  Here they increase the height of your basement making that basement apartment or sports palace a reality; not to mention increasing your home equity.

GJ MacRae Foundation Repair has been in business since 1975 and they are the original full service foundation repair company.



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