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WORKS Keeps the Foundation Strong in 100-Year-Old-Home

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Happy Fourth of July!

As the signers of the Declaration of Independence knew, a firm foundation in facts is the best start for any project.

That’s why, whenever WORKS by Jesse DeBenedictis gets involved with a foundation, we make sure we have all the facts in hand.

As a general contractor, I know that older homes are most likely to suffer foundation problems—but new homes are also susceptible. We recently took care of foundation repairs for a one-hundred year old home built in Hamilton, Massachusetts. We began the process with a full inspection.

It’s important to distinguish general settling from true foundation damage. The WORKS team always checks out the foundation whenever there are cracks in the walls, uneven or cracked floors or windows that are out of plumb and uniformly stick.

Some of our tests are purely visual. For example, we know there’s a foundation problem when basement walls bulge or lean into each other. Some tests are physical. If flaking concrete is apparent in the foundation, we probe with a screwdriver to see if chunks fall off, indicating that the concrete was not mixed properly. In the case of the Hamilton home, stones were falling out because weathering and age compromised the mortar (see photo).

Framing issues are another source of foundation problems. For example, basement posts may not be properly positioned under the beams they are supposed to support or may contain dry rot.

Water is one of the major guilty parties in foundation problems, so clogged gutters and poor drainage must be taken care of as part of the foundation repair.

Because I have been a general contractor for nearly 20 years, I have vetted a lot of specialists in foundation repair. I know how to call to give you quality repairs on time and on budget.

For the Hamilton, Massachusetts, homeowners, we were able to handle tasks that most homeowners find overwhelming, including finding the right subcontractors to demolish the old slab, prepare the foundation and pour the new slab. Without getting technical, there are different ways to repair foundations. We gathered quotes and were able to recommend the highest quality repair that would safeguard the home within the homeowner’s budget and timeline.

If you are concerned about the foundations of your home, contact WORKS by Jesse DeBenedictis  and let us declare your independence from worry.


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