Foundation Settlement & Shifting (Underpinning) – Edmonton – Abalon Construction

Edmonton Foundation Settlement Underpinning Experts

With over 36 years of foundation underpinning experience in Edmonton (47 years in Western Canada), our professional team has the knowledge to protect the structural integrity of your home or commercial building, as well as incorporate the safe combination of un-biased 3rd party affiliated engineers / Geo-tech certified experts to assure the correct approach to your structural repairs.

Foundation Underpinning (Friction Pile)

In the past 47 years, we have assisted thousands of  homeowners and businesses in the Edmonton Area by repairing severe foundation settlement and shifting issues correctly, during the first approach.

Whether your residential home or condominium is shifting & settling or your commercial building requires foundation underpinning repairs, our team of experts can provide the permanent solution. Not only can we provide the correct structural repair to your foundation settlement issues, but we fully warranty all foundation underpinning repairs we complete. 

Our Edmonton office works with a range of affiliated 3rd party engineering firms to provide a reliable and innovative solution to your underpinning requirements. We would be glad to take on any piling or underpinning project you require if stable load-bearing capabilities are what your project requires.

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If you have any questions regarding our range of work, qualifications, or process to complete your foundation underpinning repairs don’t hesitate to give our Edmonton office a call today to schedule a free, on-site Inspection & Estimate.

Abalon Construction – Edmonton
Foundation Underpinning Repair Services
780-468-4400
30+ years Better Business Bureau Accredited Business
Edmonton Foundation Repair Experts
10 Year warranty on all basement foundation repairs 
36+ years servicing Edmonton and surrounding areas
Free Underpinning Inspections & Estimates

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Underpinning with friction piles compared to screw piles

Friction piles are the most widely used type of pile today, as they are the most reliable when it comes to Residential and Commercial underpinning repairs. These piles are drilled very similar to end-bearing piles. Once the soil has been removed from the hole, steel reinforcing is placed and concrete is poured into the excavated pile. These “friction piles” are typically more reliable as they use the friction that results from the contact between the concrete to the rock and soil beneath your structure.

Friction piles do not require the building to be used as the driving force, therefore, safety margins for increased future loading and/or unpredictable soil changes are easily incorporated. Currently we can complete 30 foot piling depths to further optimize the loading capabilities, and stability of our piles.

Screw piles have their advantage when it comes to oil-field use, and a range of other applications, friction piles have the ability to reliably provide specific depths in known directions under foundations when drilling in un-reliable soil types. In residential settings, friction piles require a single auger instead of multiple shafts, and are drilled directly under the home’s foundation instead of adjacent to it. 

As screw piling has many applications, the reliability of the piles direction is unpredictable when compared to a friction pile and therefor is limited as to the weight-baring capabilities they can safely obtain.

We Warranty All Foundation Underpinning Repairs

We offer a complete warranty on all our Foundation Underpinning projects. *Our Warranty is also homeowner transferable, incase you decide to sell your investment down the road.

I have cracks in the dry-wall and ceilings of my house, why does this happen, and do I need to get it repaired?

Identifying problematic foundation issues in your home can be as simple as noticing large cracks in the walls and roof of your house or garage. It is normal for any home to experience some degree of settlement and shifting in its lifetime, which leads to cracks and gaps to form around your house’s interior. However, if these cracks or gaps seem to widen as time passes or continue to crack, contacting a foundation specialist is recommended.

If foundation settlement issues are left untreated, your home’s foundation can continue to settle or shift at an alarming rate, eventually leading to exponentially higher costly repairs and damages to your building. As Edmonton’s own foundation repair specialists since 1981, it is our commitment to professionally engineer the correct solution to your underpinning repair, and protect your valuable investment at all costs. Give our experts a call today to schedule a free quote and evaluation of any cracks, gaps or concerns you have found in your home or building.

The floors in my home are uneven/sinking and my home’s doors aren’t closing properly

Nearly all homes throughout Alberta and in Edmonton will endure some degree of settlement or shifting in their lifetime. However, the extent of your home’s settlement can be problematic if left un-repaired. If you notice that any floors in your home are uneven or sinking to any one area, it can indicate a serious foundation problem that can require underpinning repairs. Another sign of an underlying foundation issue is when certain doors in your house aren’t closing properly. These common issues are usually related to problems with your home’s foundation. But why do they occur?

Over years of dry and wet weather, the soil around your home begins to expand and contract, eventually resulting in your home’s foundation sinking or lifting. This regular occurrence, (especially common within Alberta’s freeze & thaw cycle) can leave your house’s foundation at risk for damage. If you notice any significant cracking in your drywall, uneven floors in any rooms, or doors that don’t seem to close properly over time, it could require underpinning repairs to stop further damage. Calling an underpinning expert is always a wise decision to quickly identify and solve any issues. Our specialists have examined nearly every cause and result of foundation settlement, and can explain to you why your home as experienced these problems, how to prevent them in the future, and how we can permanently correct any issues in your home.

My garage door isn’t closing properly and I notice large cracks in my garage drywall

It’s a common occurrence in Alberta to notice your attached or unattached garage experience settling or shifting problems in it’s lifetime. This is primarily because we experience a frequent freezing and thawing cycle during Alberta’s harsh seasons. This extreme range of conditions leads to your garage settling or shifting around because the soil around it’s foundation frequently contracts and expands.

If you notice any of your garage doors closing unevenly, when they were closing properly before, significant foundation repairs could be necessary. Another indication of garage settlement is when you notice large cracks forming in the roof and walls of your garage’s drywall, or unfinished concrete walls.

Similar to a house’s foundation problems, all of the settlement issues experienced under ones garage can be repaired and prevented from happening again. As underpinning specialists, our team of experts are dedicated to correctly identifying the issues inherent in your garage’s foundation and providing the correct repair the first time. 

The addition on my home is cracking, and I notice it separating away from my house

Many of our customers come to us years after they’ve built an addition on their home with leakage problems and large cracks/gaps opening in their joining walls. When the addition on your house separates from your original structure, gaps and large cracks are a common result. This can lead to significant leakage issues. 

These problems originate from settlement and shifting of your addition, away from your house’s foundation. Because your addition is not attached to the original foundation supporting your house, the addition begins to separate over time. These problems can easily be corrected with an experienced foundation specialist. As foundation underpinning specialists, having completed thousands of similar jobs in our 46+ years of operation, we have the knowledge to permanently repair your foundation issues.

What is the purpose of foundation underpinning repairs?

Underpinning a foundation is the process of providing additional support to existing foundations at, or below grade level. Ultimately, foundation settling and shifting repairs (underpinning) are meant to correct any settling or shifting issues your home or building may experience in it’s lifetime. There are several methods one can use to underpin a building, and our Edmonton office provides a multitude of solutions to your unique structural problem. Among them are Friction Piles, which Abalon commonly provide to marginally increase future loading capacities of your building, and to correct any settlement or shifting problems with a building’s foundation.

Underpinning with friction piles

Friction piles are the most widely used type of pile today, as they are the most reliable. These piles are drilled very similar to end bearing piles. Once the soil has been removed from the hole, steel reinforcing and concrete are poured into the hole. These piles are more reliable as they use the friction that results from the contact between the concrete to the soil beneath your structure.

Friction piles do not require the building to be used as the driving force, therefore, safety margins for increased future loading and/or soil changes are easily incorporated. Currently at Abalon, 30-foot depths are attainable to further optimize the loading capabilities of our piles.

How Do Tele-Posts Help Stabilize My Basement’s Foundation?

Teleposts are adjustable steel posts that support the main beam which in turn support the floor joists and main floor through the centre of many home’s foundations. They are used as supports to help remove pressure from beams that are inherent in your structures construction.

If you have any structural concerns or questions about your buildings foundation or tele-post’s functions, give our Edmonton office a call today and speak with one of our knowledgeable foundation specialists.

MORE INFORMATION: Edmonton foundation underpinning client testimonials

Abalon Construction – Edmonton
Foundation Underpinning Repair Services
780-468-4400
30+ years Better Business Bureau Accredited Business
Edmonton Foundation Repair Experts
10 Year warranty on all basement foundation repairs 
36+ years servicing Edmonton and surrounding areas
Free Underpinning Inspections & Estimates

foundation repair - edmonton - abalon construction - call for free estimate