Hamilton, Dundas, Ancaster and Burlington were established near the 1800’s and as such, you’ll still find homes with stone foundations.
A stone foundation is a basement wall that has been constructed out of rock sized pieces of limestone, or other types of stone, which have been cemented together. Typically they have dirt floors, although the floors may have been paved over the centuries by previous home owners. A lot of homes built before World War One have this type of foundation. You’ll also find this type of foundation in rural homes, and houses that may have been meant as summer getaways or cottages.
The original intent of this type of basement was to simply hold the house’s mechanical system, as well as to prevent your home from shifting due to frost heaving. Originally a stone foundation was a spot where you could plant your furnace, as well as plumbing pipes, electrical wires and a hot water heater. The original builders may have accounted for leakage or a small amount of flooding by putting your furnace on a raised concrete slab. Rarely will you find any weeping tile outside the foundation either, making the basement further prone to leakage.
This was a solution that worked a century ago, however, today’s homeowners want to use their basement for living spaces such as laundry rooms, dens, or bedrooms, which is simply not possible with stone foundation walls that haven’t been properly treated. Stone foundations that are not properly sealed leave homeowners more vulnerable to flooding that could cause substantial homeowner expenses. Even small leaks can cause costly damage to your carpets, electronic devices, drywall and furniture. Calling Conterra Foundations & Repairs to properly seal your stone foundation will give you peace of mind that next spring’s thaw or a two day storm will not create major flooding through the cracks in your stone foundation walls.
Even if you are not planning to use your basement recreationally and don’t mind the leakage associated with a stone foundation, an untreated stone foundation will cause moisture such as mold or rotting.
You don’t want moisture getting into your joists, or support beams as this could cause structural problems that could cause your home to collapse. Other issues associated with stone foundation moisture include damage to your furnace’s circuit board, which reduces its longevity.
Conterra Foundation and Repair has several options when it comes to stone foundations depending on your budget and your unique situation. With stone foundation issues we first examine if you have weeping tiles, take into account foundation repair, or simply recommend foundation replacement.
If you have a house with a stone foundation, or are thinking of purchasing a home with one, it is well worth your time to contact Conterra Foundation and Repair to get a quote on the work we can do, and its estimated cost.
Replacing stone foundation walls is not a DIY project as the structural integrity of your entire home depends on sturdy walls. When it comes to stone foundations, Conterra Foundation and Repair offers exceptional and solid work at a fair price.