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BASEMENT UNDERPINNING

The most cost-effective upgrade to your house that can add living space and turn your basement into a comfortable area — with dozens of extra benefits.

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    Basement Underpinning Benefits

    No other home improvement gives you so many benefits for such an affordable price as basement underpinning. Lowering your floor can add surprisingly a lot of value to your home and change your whole perception of your basement.

    Increase your house property price

    Your basement can be more than just a crawl space. Turn it into your favorite place.

    No permits and certification issues

    We have certified engineers to do the drawings and save you from paperwork.

    Eliminate the problems proactively

    Check all plumbing and HVAC communications in the process to fix them easily.

    Affordable and hassle-free upgrade

    Underpinning requires less paperwork and money than any other home addition.

    Next Level Upgrade

    Make your home a better place with no major trouble. Basement underpinning is a definitive upgrade, beneficial on multiple levels, and has no drawbacks. The most affordable and cost-effective major house addition for a wide spectrum of needs and priorities.

    Comfort

    When your crawl space is 6ft high — you can’t do much with it. During basement underpinning our team will lower the floor to make it 8ft, 9ft high, or even more. Transform it into anything:

    • WIne cellar or home cinema;
    • Home office or an extra bedroom;
    • Living room or a comfortable storage area.

    Underpinning gives you an opportunity to use a whole new space in your old home — without the long and troublesome process of building an extra floor or a home addition outside.

    Money

    High-quality basement underpinning by Willfix can pay for itself over time and make you more money in the long run. Your basement can be an actual high-return investment:

    • Increase your house price dramatically;
    • Rent it out and get passive income, if needed;
    • Save money on future repairs.

    No other house upgrade gives you that many possibilities and benefits with that few problems and obstacles along the way. Most of the other options are not even close.

    Safety

    The process of lowering your basement floor is a unique possibility to inspect all the communications that are hard to reach most of the time. Willfix experts can help you:

    • Fix all slits and cracks that could cause problems later;
    • Inspect the plumbing easily and avoid future trouble;
    • Improve the foundation’s condition and lift your home’s facade.

    As the result, your home will have no hidden timebombs of structural issues and will look better from the outside. Foundation safety and stability come free with your new extra basement floor.

    Why Willfix?

    In case you’re looking for the best quality for a fair price — the Willfix team is ready to commit and help you with any wet basement issues. We understand that you wouldn’t trust a complete stranger with your basement safety, your family’s health, and your comfort. Here are a few facts about us so we don’t feel like a stranger anymore:

    Certified & Licensed Professionals

    Fully insured and protected for every project

    Free, clear, and written estimates

    We raise the quality grade, not the price tag

    Customer-oriented approach

    We treat every basement like our own

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      Testimonials

      In the last 20 years, we performed over a thousand projects all across Toronto. We’re proud of our reputation and always appreciate the kind words from satisfied clients:

      I started to see a lot of insects in my house despite it wasn't the season. After my 3rd call to extermination company I understood that something was wrong. I read a lot about high humidity in the house and decided to waterproof my basement. WillFix did that for me, the quality and materials are on top. Thanks! Finally no insects!!!read more
      Lisa Obrien
      12:09 12 Nov 22
      I didn't know what basement waterproofing I need, exterior, interior, I'm not an expert. Guys from Will Fix came to my house, carefully examined my place and advised how best to make the basement always dry. It's already the second year, everything is great!read more
      David Payne
      03:22 29 Oct 22
      I recently found out that there is a crack in the foundation of my house. I was stressed and scared. Luckily enough I quickly found Will Fix and called them. The workers who came to help me were incredibly efficient and knowledgeable in resolving my problem in a timely matter. Recommending this company to everyone in need.read more
      Willie Kirksey
      01:43 23 Oct 22
      Will Fix are the best contactors I worked with. They did such a great and hard work for a very reasonable price. After exterior waterproofing they did I'm sure that my basement will be dry for years to come!
      Everett Staley
      10:54 22 Oct 22
      Great service. I applied for a quote and got a phone call extremely fast. The price Will Fix offer for foundation crack repair is more than affordable.
      Sandra Cruz Ojeda
      12:18 17 Oct 22
      Floods are normal in the GTA and unfortunately cracks started to appear in my family's nest basement. WillFix fully justified its name. Workers came in time, explained what they were doing and why. Now I'm sure that my basement will stand through toughest winters.Thank you!!read more
      Jason Merritt
      02:05 12 Oct 22
      We recently bought a house and we were really disappointed to see a wet basement after several days of heavy rain. Our friend recommended to call Will Fix so we did. The crew came fast to examine surroundings and chose the best option of basement waterproofing that will suit our needs and budget. The project we picked was ambitious but guys completed it in 2 weeks! Huge thanks!!read more
      Paul Simmons
      08:56 09 Oct 22
      I have used their services thrice and at three different locations I work on. My clients are appreciating me for quality work. I really recommend their waterproofing solutions.
      Jaime Green
      12:53 07 Oct 22
      When I bought a house I was told that the area is really floody, that's why the price was so nice. After the first winter I decided to waterproof my basement since it was too wet in there. Guys from WillFix were amazing. They did their job fast and professionally.read more
      Amelie French
      01:53 07 Oct 22
      Great result! Reasonable prices! Called for a quote, received it over the phone and got everything done within 2 weeks! Highly recommend if your basement leaks.
      Tony Ty
      01:14 05 Oct 22
      Got my basement waterproofed with Dmytro and his crew. They gave me the best quote and finished everything on time. Highly recommend!
      Ktrn Klmv
      23:43 04 Oct 22
      Dealt with my basement leakage like it was nothing. These guys are amazing. Highly recommend!
      Michael Carey
      07:48 28 Aug 22
      Even 5 starts aren't enough to describe how I'm pleased with their service! Everyone from a girl on the phone to the guys who came to repair basement leakage are real pros. Thank you!
      Jacob Figueroa
      03:20 25 Aug 22
      My health was almost on edge because of the enourmously high humidity in my house. I started to lose hope but found WillFix. They detected the problem, waterproofed the basement and did their job perfectly. Finally dry and warm home, thanks guys!!!
      John Terrell
      04:16 24 Aug 22
      I was looking for basement leakage repair and hired WillFix because of the quote and timing. They asnwered my call and schedule an appontment on the next day! They're true professionals! All the best to you guys! Thank you
      Justin Stewart
      09:27 14 Aug 22
      Hired WillFix to fix my basement leakage and they did that so quickly! The team was very professional and friendly! Highly recommend!
      Angela Beaty
      07:49 11 Aug 22
      Outstanding company, outstanding work. I would recommend Will Fix anytime. All the workers are professional and courteous from the office to the laborers. We were very impressed and satisfied with all the work we had done.
      Bertha Fisher
      06:01 26 Jun 22
      So glad we found affordable waterproofing! We recently purchased our home and discovered that we had water coming up through the basement floor after heavy rains. Affordable waterproofing gave us the best estimate and plan to waterproof a basement👍read more
      Martine Weber
      04:12 22 Jun 22
      Affordable waterproofing was 5 stars from star to finish! From the sales person, to scheduling, to the gentleman doing the work; everyone was friendly, professional, and on point. I was getting at least 6 inches of water or more every time it rained. Now my basement is completely dry and it feels very comfortable. Thanks a ton Will Fix!read more
      Laurel Jackson
      06:33 18 Jun 22
      Thank you to Dymtro and his team for a job well done! Goodbye wet basement FOREVER.
      Edward Duncan
      07:29 15 Jun 22
      These guys are life/house savers. Our rainy weather has been brutal. We tired of a daily routine of toweling-up/mopping-up basement water.The crew was outstanding, hard-working, considerate of our home, and knowledgeable. All work was done in a day.
      Mike Healey
      04:58 14 Jun 22
      Very knowledgeable and professional service. Highly recommend for any waterproofing or foundation needs.
      Wilma Vanwyk
      05:50 30 May 22
      Friendly, professional, knowledgeable and accommodating. They were able to squeeze me in last minute to look at my basement before it went on the market and took the time to walk me through the preventative measures I could take to prevent future issues. I am so grateful for their service!read more
      Peter Bingham
      05:58 24 May 22
      This AMAZING crew goes under and behind to go above and beyond. No basement job is too complicated for them. Incredibly knowledgeable and professional, kind and courteous. Fast, efficient, affordable. Thanks guys!
      Irene Valle
      05:49 23 May 22
      My wife and I have been living in our home for over 23 years and began noticing a foundation crack during a recent renovation project. A friend recommended Will Fix, and we were pleasantly surprised with the outstanding service we received from Dmytro and his team. The foundation crack repair service we got was 10/10. Thanks guys!read more
      Willie Riggs
      03:00 19 May 22
      Will Fix is the best basement waterproofing company in the GTA! Their experience, knowledge, work ethic and attention to detail cannot be beat.If you are a builder, home owner, or renovator and want a basement waterproofing service, call these guys! You will not be disappointed.read more
      Preston Holmes
      04:04 18 May 22
      Excellent communication, top quality work. Took the time to ask questions about the property, access, area around the cracks, and what would be required to expose enough of the foundation to seal it. They answered any question I had and were very responsive. Very impressed with the quality and most of all the communication. I would recommend them 100%👍read more
      Mitchell Collins
      06:25 16 May 22
      Will Fix basement waterproofing has excellent customer service. The inspector was very knowledgeable, and he listened to all my concerns. They had me schedule and my work done in a timely manner, the installation went very good and the guys who did my install was nice and did a great job. I would recommend them to anyone.read more
      Dean Mitchell
      02:00 11 May 22
      I have been recommending them to my contacts and friends ever since we used them. Dmytro stands behind his work and is a pleasure to deal with.
      Amelia Miranda
      06:04 23 Mar 22
      Work site was tidied every evening and final job site looked like it had never been disturbed. Would hire again!
      Amy Anderson
      03:24 20 Mar 22
      I've dealt with many contractors over the years and this is the best experience I've ever had! I shopped around and did my research and I found their price to be the most reasonable, not to mention, they used top quality material. The team at Will Fix is very knowledgeable and took the time to explain everything. 5 stars!read more
      William Robertson
      04:04 16 Mar 22
      Will Fix takes pride in ensuring the wet basement repair is done properly and that the clean up is immaculate. THE BEST in the GTA!
      Faye Hunter
      07:41 12 Mar 22
      Not only did Will Fix restore our basement to a dry and comfortable living space, they also restored our confidence and peace of mind. Thank you Dmytro. I would highly recommend his services to anyone.
      Joey Kurtz
      07:06 11 Mar 22
      I recently had a waterproofing basement completed for my new home. Best decision ever, and Dmytro made it a great experience. He is very knowledgeable, courteous and professional. Kept to the estimated price, and did the work in a very timely manner. My family and I are now enjoying a dry basement that we know will last forever.read more
      Arlene Watson
      02:51 08 Mar 22

      How it Works

      All basements are unique in terms of construction, condition, and location. Half the basic steps in underpinning might be unnecessary for your basement floor lowering. Our experts can implement multiple time-tested methods and technologies to find the most efficient solution.

      Basement Floor Lowering Methods:

      Traditional Mass Pour

      The most common method and the one we use most of the time. A cost-effective and simple process of pouring the concrete section by section.

      Mini Piled

      The one we use when the poor soil condition requires extra support (the vertical piles) for the foundation to make it firm and steady.

      Beam and Base

      An advanced technology that implies a strengthened concrete beam and full-scale footing replacement. Rarely used in residential areas, but is still available.

      Basement Underpinning Vs Benching

      Benching is an alternative to basement underpinning. Instead of pins and sections — a concrete “bench” is poured under your foundation walls to support it and spread the pressure. Both methods are time-tested, safe, and reliable. Main differences are simple:

      The concrete bench can extend 2.5-3ft from the wall and take a lot of valuable living space.

      Benching limits your options for renovation and lowers the final property value.

      Benching is 20-30% more affordable than underpinning, requires less hard work, and takes less time.

      If you want to save money now — choose the benching method. If you want to save more money in the future — go for underpinning. Willfix experts are equally good at both.

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        How We Do It

        Basement underpinning is a complicated process that requires multiple skilled professionals: certified engineers, experts in foundation structures, concrete work, and multiple sets of specialized equipment. 

        Willfix team is doing it for over 20 years now and we have everything we may need for the top quality floor lowering project — from skills and expertise to certifications.

        8 Steps of Basement Underpinning:

        Estimation & Drawings

        Our team’s certified engineer will examine the basement, the plans, and will do the drawings. It’s crucial to get a permit for any underpinning project.

        Floor removal & Excavation

        We’ll get rid of the old concrete in your basement floor and dig out the soil that was underneath to make space and increase the overall height.

        Reinforcement

        Following the engineer’s drawings, we’ll add and replace the sections between your foundation and footing with new concrete to make it firm.

        Adjustment

        We’ll lower the plumbing and make sure it works right. It’s the best stage to address all the issues in your communications or foundation structure.

        Backfilling & Waterproofing

        We’ll add a drainage system to protect the new basement structure from the water and secure the area with a thick gravel layer.

        New floor installation

        We’ll pour your new concrete floor, strengthen it, make sure it’s even, and smooth it out. In the end, it will look better than the old one.

        Clean up & Finish

        Our team leaves no mess — we’ll make sure the area is nice and clean before we leave you with your successfully lowered new basement floor.

        Guaranteed result

        You have a professionally lowered floor and a whole new area in your house. You’ll have no issues with it in the next 25 years — or we’ll fix them for free.

        WHY WILLFIX

        In case you’re looking for the best quality for a fair price — the Willfix team is ready to commit and help you with any wet basement issues. We understand that you wouldn’t trust a complete stranger with your basement safety, your family’s health, and your comfort. Here are a few facts about us so we don’t feel like a stranger anymore:

        20

        YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

        1000+

        SATISFIED CLIENTS

        15

        EXPERTS IN THE TEAM

        25

        YEARS WARRANTY

        Certified & Licensed Professionals

        Our team has all the necessary certification, including a plumbing license and a ​​certified Structural Engineer. We’ll be happy to provide all the documents on demand.

        Fully insured and protected for projects

        We value safety and efficiency above all. You can rest assured that even in the worst cases you’re covered: WSIB certification for your project can always be provided upon request.

        Free, clear, and written estimates

        We stand for our word. Willfix experts will evaluate and estimate the project and give you a written, official registry — so that no extra expenses can ever occur.

        We raise the quality, not the price tag

        We can drain your basement — but not your wallet. You can choose the materials, the technology, and review the whole process. Our job is to make sure you get the best quality for a fair price.

        Customer-oriented approach

        Get the solution that suits your unique case. From crack injections to exterior basement waterproofing — we’ll find and implement the best technology for your unique situation.

        We treat every basement like our own

        We understand the struggles a wet basement or a leak may cause. In all our projects, we aim at the same targets as you do: to solve the problem fast, keep the solution efficient, with the technology you can trust.

        FAQ

        What is basement underpinning?

        Basement underpinning is a method of lowering the basement floor that increases the structural strength of a foundation.

        In short, your basement floor is excavated, and your walls are reinforced with a new layer of concrete. It’s an extremely oversimplified explanation, but that’s essentially how basement underpinning works, technology-wise.

        There are several different types of materials used, including reinforced concrete, steel and sometimes — timber constructions. Depending on each individual case, some installations may also include waterproofing measures to prevent water from entering the foundation walls.

        Concrete: Concrete is one of the most commonly used materials for basement underpinning. It’s durable enough and easily adjustable at the same time.

        Steel: Another alternative approach is steel underpinning. Steel beams are welded to the existing foundation walls and are then filled with concrete giving the steel greater strength. You won’t see this method often in residential areas in Canada, but it’s still one of the most cost-effective options when pure concrete is not enough.

        Timber: Basement underpinning can also be done using timber units. It’s less commonly used because it tends to cost more than other methods and is significantly less reliable.

        Should I underpin my basement?

        Underpinning is an upgrade, not a necessity, so there’s no strong “should” in this question. However, you may WANT to do basement underpinning, given that it’s the most cost-efficient upgrade you can get, with multiple other benefits.

        Here are some extra conditions that can help you make a decision, whether you should underpin your basement, or not. You may need it, if:

        • Your basement, especially the concrete slab on the floor, has begun to deteriorate or is in a state of disrepair;
        • Your crawl space does not cover its needs or you want it to be more comfortable;
        • You may use another fully-functional floor in your house, to improve the living conditions or to get an extra income source by renting it out;
        • Your basement has leaks that can cause the foundation walls and concrete slabs to corrode. Underpinning helps you access the areas and address the issues directly.

        Can you lower your basement floor by yourself?

        No, you can’t underpin your basement yourself. Even though technically you can, according to current Ontario laws, it would be illegal.

        Basement underpinning implies major structural changes in your home’s foundation, so it has to be safe and well-planned. Unless you have a certification — you need to hire a professional company for your basement underpinning project, that will have a certified engineer on the team and will be able to do all the paperwork properly.

        How long does basement underpinning take?

        The time we’ll need for your underpinning project heavily depends on your basement structure, its condition, and the materials.

        Typically, a basement underpinning process takes 2-4 weeks from start to finish.

        You may think that it’s too long, but keep in mind that it’s a lot of work — not a quick crack repair. The drawings, excavation, foundation works, concrete works, sealing, all of it takes time. It’s a complex process with multiple steps, and each of them involves a dozen more steps.

        We have more than 20 years of experience in working with foundations, each member of the Willfix team has no less than 10 years of experience, so we know how to make it effectively in the shortest possible time, without sacrificing the quality.

        In case you’ll find a quality that will promise you a full-scale basement underpinning in 3 days — they probably have no idea what they’re doing and just want to disappear with your money.

        Can I lower a basement floor without underpinning?

        Yes, you sure can lower your basement floor without underpinning. It’s just the most cost-efficient of many commonly used technologies — not the only one.

        Benching is the second most popular way to lower you basement floor, and Willfix experts can do it as well. We recommend basement underpinning over benching to our clients because it has more benefits in the long run. You don’t lose any living space and the square footage of your basement remains the same.

        High-Quality Basement Waterproofing at Any Stage

        Basement underpinning includes a drainage system installation, but protecting your basement from the water’s degrading effects is a whole different project. Lowering the floor by itself does not protect you from the old mold, wall cracks, or dangerously high humidity.

        Our experts are ready to help you with any wet basement issues. Willfix team provides basement waterproofing services in the Toronto area for 20 years now.

        • Exterior Basement Waterproofing
        • Interior Basement Waterproofing
        • Concrete forming
        • Foundation Crack Repair
        • Concrete Crack Repair
        • Basement Crack Repair
        • Epoxy Crack Injection

        Exterior (and commonly called “external”) basement waterproofing is the way to protect your basement from the outside, so the water does not make it to the inner side of your basement walls at all. It’s a time-tested and reliable solution that the majority of our clients prefer.

        Exterior basement waterproofing might be a better option when:

        • You have no structures on the outside perimeter of your basement walls and the area can get easily excavated;
        • You want to stop the water from even touching your basement walls by applying all the waterproofing materials around them, not on the inside;
        • You want to increase your home’s price significantly and rest assured that no leaks will ever occur.

        The Willfix team has over 20 years of experience in exterior basement waterproofing and we’re ready to commit.

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        Interior (or sometimes called internal) basement waterproofing means that no works take place on the outside of your basement. Instead, the water is channeled away from the basement through a complex draining system.

        Interior basement waterproofing might be a better option if:

        • You have air conditioning, a beloved flowerbed, expensive stone tiles, or other objects next to your house walls that make exterior excavation difficult and expensive;
        • You want to have better control of the system, with access to all the elements of it from the inside of your basement;
        • You want a more technological and modern system with no loss in quality of your waterproofing.

        Willfix experts are experienced in interior basement waterproofing and we’re ready to commit.

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        Concrete forming allows you to build brand new structures for any of your project needs. Our experts can accomplish residential and commercial projects regardless of the complexity of the task:

        • Columns, swimming pulls and patio slabs to change the appearance or functionality of your property;
        • Foundations, basement walls and retaining walls to make sure your house is stable and fixed inn place, with no future water damage issues;
        • Mud slabs, staircases, or full-scale footings that will last and retain their quality for as much as you need them. 

        The Willfix team has more than 20 years of experience and we guarantee that only the best materials and machinery will be used in your concrete forming project.

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        You can’t waterproof a foundation that has long exceeded its purpose. Increased humidity, cracks and leaks are major red flags. Even a tiny foundation crack is a threat not just to your comfort, but to your home’s safety as well.

        You need foundation crack repair in case:

        • You see multiple cracks, unevenness, or slits in wall joints in your basement;
        • You know that your house didn’t get a proper renovation in the last 10-15 years;
        • You notice moldy small and increased humidity, but can’t identify the source of them.

        We have been helping Toronto residents to fix their basements for over 20 years now and have all the necessary certifications for it.

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        Concrete in your basement walls was never made to last for ages and withstand the immense water pressure from the soil. The walls bend and bow, deform and lose the structural soundness. The best way to fix the issue is to repair the damaged area.

        The Willfix team has over 20 years of experience in concrete crack repairs. We know how to do it right:

        • Only top-quality hydraulic cement will be used in the process;
        • Seal the cracks efficiently — with no chances of them appearing again;
        • Restore the original look of your walls so they don’t look repaired at all.

        A concrete crack repair is never the final solution because it doesn’t protect your walls from the groundwater’s degrading effects, but it’s enough to restore your foundation’s original structure.

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        Basement cracks are relatively harmless when small, but the frequent rainfalls, snowy winters, and sometimes — extreme temperature changes can make a small crack expand dramatically overnight.

        For every basement crack repair, whether the crack is around the window frame, on the floor, or on the wall — we have a professional solution:

        • Epoxy injections for small and hairline cracks;
        • Hydraulic cement and sealing for wider cracks;
        • Full-scale basement structure restoration for the worst cases.

        The only unchanging aspect is the result: you get your problem fixed with no chances for it to appear ever again.

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        Epoxy crack injection is the fastest and the least expensive way to fix a crack in your basement. It’s one of the most popular wet basement repair methods, but it won’t work with cracks that already leak — only with the ones that are potentially dangerous.
        Epoxy crack injection is the perfect option for basement repair when:

        • The cracks are tiny and just potentially dangerous;
        • The cracks are relatively wide (under ¼ of an inch) but there are few of them;
        • The cracks appeared because of poor construction techniques.

        Willfix professionals use only high-quality epoxy with commercial-grade ports that leave no chances to the tiniest hollow spots in your basement walls.

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        SERVICE AREAS

        WIllfix Basement Waterproofing Locations

        Willfix experts are familiar with the specifics of the Great Toronto Area and have enough experience to deal with any basement waterproofing job in any city. We know that snowy winters, frequent rainfalls, and groundwater management issues are equally damaging to basements and foundation walls of people in all communities.

        We treat every basement like our own, regardless of the location, and have a good reputation in multiple communities.
        So far we are serving these areas:

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