GCA Construction Inc. has been in business in Regina for 20 years, working with homeowners and businesses to maintain and repair the foundations and basements of their buildings.
“If you live in the Regina area, sooner or later you will need to have your foundation looked at by a professional,” says Greig Amor of GCA Construction Inc. “The heavy clay soil that is in this area wreaks havoc with foundations and basement walls.” Regina’s poor soil conditions are no surprise to anybody that has owned a home in the area, but modern technology has brought new solutions to this old problem.
Failing Footings And Walls
Today, serious foundation settlement problems are repaired with steel helical screw piles. Repairs begin by excavating the soil from around the foundation of the home, and long helical screws piles are turned into the ground. The steel lifting bracket slides over the helical screw pile and then it is attached to the foundation, allowing professionals to level the home safely. Because the screw piles goes down into the earth deeper than a traditional foundation, a repair made with this method is actually stronger than the original.
Sometimes homes have problems with basement walls while the foundation settlement is fine. When walls buckle and crack, they can be braced from the inside to restore structural strength. Old basements often pose their own unique challenges – basements built with block often break apart in the moving soil. The repair for this type of problem is elegant – a new concrete knee wall is poured against the old wall, supporting and bracing the wall.
As long as water is getting into a basement, it is causing damage to the structure of the foundation. Over time, this could lead to severe basement problems. To prevent water from getting into your basement, GCA Construction excavates the soil around the basement, repairs any cracks or holes if needed, and then wraps the basement with a rubber membrane that seals the basement walls.
The type of fill used to backfill after excavating is important too. “Sand is the best type of fill, because it lets water drain away,” explains Greig, “the worst thing you can do to a basement wall is to backfill with the same natural clay that came out of the hole.”
Proper grading can help to prevent these issues from arising, but once a basement leaks once, it will leak again. “If the concrete has a crack in it that has allowed water through, it should be addressed, or these problems will come back,” says Greig.
Complete Basement Work
GCA Construction also creates new basements and is a leader in the field of insulating concrete form (ICF) basements. These lightweight blocks stack like Lego; once built, the structure is filled with concrete. The end result is a wall that is strong, insulated, easy to finish, and waterproof.
ICF basements aren’t just for new buildings. Sometimes old homes have basements with ceilings as low as 6’. The home can be lifted from its foundation while the old basement and foundation are excavated out. Then, a new foundation and basement is created and the house is lowered back down onto the new walls.
Preventing serious foundation problems should start when a home is first built. “Because of the soil in southern Saskatchewan, it makes sense to have us come out before a house is built to install helical screw piles before the foundation is poured. The cost of doing this before the house is built is minimal compared to the expense of repairing a foundation at a later date.”
Do Your Homewwork
Foundation work is one of the most expensive things that you can do to your home. GCA Construction understands that it is important to get the most for your money. Here are 6 tips to help you choose the right company for your foundation repairs.
Not Just Basements
GCA Construction’s experience with basements made other concrete work a natural fit for them. GCA also creates driveways and sidewalks, using the same meticulous attention to detail that they use with their basement repairs to ensure the finished product has the longest possible lifespan.
Greig Amor and his team at GCA Construction Inc have years of experience repairing and rebuilding basements and concrete foundations. They can be reached by calling 306–527–9960.
GCA Construction Inc is a basement and foundation repair company in Regina. We are open to accommodate our clients’ busy schedules. Greig leads a team of experienced equipment operators and construction workers, striving to provide affordable, customizable solutions fior your home or business.
Our scope of work includes ICF foundations, steel wall bracing, foundation water proofing, sump pits, foundation wall alignment, straightening, underpinning, and screw piles for foundations and decks. We also provide skid work,excavating services and concrete and coring.
We work with old buildings, those that are being remodeled, and buildings in need of major repairs. From water leakage problems to cracked walls, we have the tools, experience, and availability to assist residential and commercial customers. Our goal is to create and preserve your foundation with quality materials that will last for many years, ensuring every customer’s peace of mind.