Expert in foundation repair, underpinning, pile, piles, hydraulic jacking, levelling, stabilization, house raising, structural movers, house movers, foundation replacement, pyrite, shale, waterproofing, cracks, excavation under building, decontamination.

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  • Building settlement and cracks

    • My building is sinking. Can you help?

      Yes we can. We have developed a technique where we stabilise and level buildings on hydraulically driven steel piles, thereby eliminating the sinking problem.

    • My doors, windows are crooked? What does it mean?

      In this case, it’s usually a sign of structural movement, either by settlement, or frost raising or pyrite. We can stabilize the structure we the appropriate method.

    • There cracks going up in the brick, what to do?

      This can be a visible sign of structural movement. This movement can be caused by settlement or up lift movement du to pyrite or frost. In any case, call us we have the appropriate solution.

    • 40.What causes settling?

      Buildings may settle for a number of reasons including urbanization, clay-based soils, proximity of large trees. Often, more than one factor may apply.

    • What about cracks?

      We repair them by strengthening and sealing them during the final phases of levelling the building.

    • What type of equipment do you use?

      We use the most modern equipment available on the market today. Over the years, we have developed unique and specialised lifting equipment to meet the needs of specific jobs. Our R. & D. department is continually working on new and innovative equipment and methods in order to offer safer working environments and to meet our clients’ needs.

  • Crumbling concrete, foundations

    • The concrete of my foundation is crumbling, is-it dangerous?

      If the crumbling is on the surface only, there is no danger. A good water proofing protection will protect the foundations from further damages. Otherwise if the crumbling is deep, better call us for a good diagnostic of the problem.

    • The foundations of my building need to be replace, what to do?

      Call us! We will assist you all the way, construction permits, subsidises if available, coordination with your general contractor, if necessary. All of this to make it easy for you.

    • What other costs can be anticipated?

      In some cases, electrical, plumbing and architectural costs could apply. Our project manager will give you a good budget idea for those costs.

    • What needs to be done prior to the work?

      First, the client needs to check local by-laws to see if the project meets their conditions. He will then need to obtain a construction permit for work done on the property. The client will need to remove all obstacles and equipment in the basement. Removal of some electrical and plumbing lines, as well as the heating system will need to be done. Patios, decks and exterior stairs may need to be demolished or removed.

    • Will there be any damage to my house?

      Our hydraulic systems assure a full synchronise weight transfer, allowing a zero structural deformation.

    • Have you ever dropped a building?

      NO! Since the very beginning of H.& G. over 40 years ago, we can honestly say that we have never dropped or severely damages a building during the shoring, lifting or moving operations. Our crews are highly trained and work with the best tools and equipment available on the market. Every effort is put in place to maintain a high level of safety and security on the job site and we will never cut corners or hurry a job in order to jeopardise the safety of our work crews.

    • Do you have a good insurance coverage?

      We have the best insurance coverage on the market.

    • Do I need to remove the bricks from my house?

      Generally, no. We usually move, lift or shore the buildings with their masonry facades intact.

    • Can H&G build my foundations?

      On our projects, we can build the foundations. We offer a turn-key service where we handle all phases of the project. However, we do not build foundations for new buildings.

    • Can you build a basement under my house?

      Yes. We have specialized equipment that can support your existing foundation walls while we excavate the ground underneath. We then build a new concrete foundation below these existing walls, and add appropriate damp proof membrane and pour a new concrete floor slab.

  • Shoring structure

  • Structural lifting

    • What type of building can you raise?

      Basically, any type of building, ranging from a simple bungalow to a large commercial building can be raised. Exceptions made for building with common wall. In this situation we can support without lifting.

    • Can you re-localise my building on the same land?

      Yes, if access is available without problem.

    • What happens to the attached annexes and balconies?

      In most cases, the attached structures can be lift or moved and the same time, But patio or terraces are usually removed before our work.

    • Must the chimney or the fireplace be demolished?

      No, in most cases these elements can stay in place while lifting or moving the building. A full inspection must be done prior to our work in order to evaluate their structural integrity.

    • Is there limit in size or weight for the lifting?

      No, any kind of building can be shored lifted or moved.

    • What kind of permits are required?

      A building permit is usually required for any type of construction and/or renovation. Contact your city or town office for more information. However, we are responsible for obtaining the DOT permit when required for an over-the-road move. In most cases, we supply the client with a set of construction drawings, outlining the scope of our work. These drawings can be helpful when dealing the city permit officials.

    • What other costs can be anticipated?

      In some cases, electrical, plumbing and architectural costs could apply. Our project manager will give you a good budget idea for those costs.

    • What needs to be done prior to the work?

      First, the client needs to check local by-laws to see if the project meets their conditions. He will then need to obtain a construction permit for work done on the property. The client will need to remove all obstacles and equipment in the basement. Removal of some electrical and plumbing lines, as well as the heating system will need to be done. Patios, decks and exterior stairs may need to be demolished or removed.

    • Will there be any damage to my house?

      Our hydraulic systems assure a full synchronise weight transfer, allowing a zero structural deformation.

    • Have you ever dropped a building?

      NO! Since the very beginning of H.& G. over 40 years ago, we can honestly say that we have never dropped or severely damages a building during the shoring, lifting or moving operations. Our crews are highly trained and work with the best tools and equipment available on the market. Every effort is put in place to maintain a high level of safety and security on the job site and we will never cut corners or hurry a job in order to jeopardise the safety of our work crews.

    • What kind of equipment do you use?

      We use the most modern equipment available on the market today. Depending on the type of building, most lifts or shoring are done with high-strength steel beams and a unified hydraulic jacking system. Over-the-road moves are accomplished using our state of the art hydraulic dollies and powerful pull trucks. Steel piles are driven using a patented innovative hydraulic system, causing no damage to the building. Over the years, we have developed unique and specialised lifting equipment to meet the needs of specific jobs. Our R. & D. department is continually working on new and innovative equipment and methods in order to offer safer working environments and to meet our clients’ needs.

    • Can I live in my house while it is on your equipments?

      We do not recommend it but many of our clients do. The client is responsible for temporary hook-up of the electrical and plumbing lines, as well as installing secure access ramps to the doors. Secondary doors will need to be blocked off in order to avoid accidents. Remember, in some cases the house will be up to 10 feet in the air. Contact your insurance company for proper coverage. In most cases, we are responsible for the care of the building when it is on our equipment, however, we cannot be held liable for accidents causing bodily harm to the occupants of the house during the work.

    • If something goes wrong, are you insured?

      We have the best insurance coverage on the market.

    • What about interior furnishings?

      In general, you will not be required to remove the furnishings from your house. However, we do recommend that you secure tall cabinets and items and take down wall hangings. We also recommend removing expensive or valuable items from your home. You will want to verify with your insurance company for proper coverage during the move.

    • Can H&G build my foundations?

      On our projects, we can build the foundations. We offer a turn-key service where we handle all phases of the project. However, we do not build foundations for new buildings.

    • Basically, what can’t you move or lift?

      Physically, any building or structure can be moved or lifted. Only attached building with a common wall can not be lifted or moved if you don’t own both building.

  • Structural moving

    • Can you re-localise my building on the same land?

      Yes, if access is available without problem.

    • On the road?

      It’s usually not a problem. We are responsible for obtaining the DOT permit when required for an over-the-road move. However, you have to be conscious, that the Transport Ministry refuses move on major autoroute for over a 50 km distance.

    • What happens to the attached annexes and balconies?

      In most cases, the attached structures can be lift or moved and the same time, But patio or terraces are usually removed before our work.

    • Must the chimney or the fireplace be demolished?

      No, in most cases these elements can stay in place while lifting or moving the building. A full inspection must be done prior to our work in order to evaluate their structural integrity.

    • Can the foundation be built before the move?

      In most cases, yes. In most house moves, we will transport the building from an existing foundation directly onto a new one. In cases where the building remains in the same location, the new foundations will be built directly under it.

    • Are there any limits to the size of the building?

      Any building can be moved. However, not all buildings are feasible to move. The height of the building is usually an issue as most wires above the roadway are limited to 16 feet high. High wire expenses can be expected for a tall building.

    • What are wire expenses and who pays for them?

      Wire expenses are the fees imposed by the utility companies such as Hydro-Quebec and Bell for the removal of the wires above the roadway during the move. The client is responsible for all these expenses and they are never included in our contract. It is a good idea to contact the utility companies before a prospective move, in order to obtain a ballpark figure for the expenses. In some cases, wire expenses can be more costly than the actual moving expenses.

    • What kind of permits are required?

      A building permit is usually required for any type of construction and/or renovation. Contact your city or town office for more information. The client is responsible for obtaining these permits and the costs are never included in our contract. However, we are responsible for obtaining the DOT permit when required for an over-the-road move. In most cases, we supply the client with a set of construction drawings, outlining the scope of our work. These drawings can be helpful when dealing the city permit officials.

    • What other costs can be anticipated for a move?

      Demolition costs, such as plumbing line removal, electrical work, dismantling the heating system are usual costs that must be taken under consideration prior to a building move. In over-the-road moves, wire expenses can be quite costly, so contact the utility companies for an estimate. In some cases, obstacles such as street lamps and utility poles will need to be removed. Check with the proper agencies before hand.

    • What needs to be done prior to raising or moving?

      First, the client needs to check local by-laws to see if the project meets their conditions. He will then need to obtain a construction permit for work done on the property. The client will need to remove all obstacles and equipment in the basement. Removal of some electrical and plumbing lines, as well as the heating system will need to be done. Patios, decks and exterior stairs will need to be demolished or removed, and in some cases, trees may need to be felled. When a building is moved on the same lot, a surveyor will be needed on order to correctly position the house as per city or county ordinances.

    • Will there be any damage to my house?

      Generally no. However, that depends on the condition and structural integrity of the building. Other than slight cracking in the interior finishes of structurally sound buildings, there should be no damage during the move. However, mishaps sometimes occur and if something should happen during the move, we will take our responsibilities and our insurance will cover damages. Please note that the building may settle slightly after installation on the new foundations. This is a common occurrence and slight adjustments may be required.

    • Have you ever dropped a building?

      NO! Since the very beginning of H.& G. over 40 years ago, we can honestly say that we have never dropped or severely damages a building during the shoring, lifting or moving operations. Our crews are highly trained and work with the best tools and equipment available on the market. Every effort is put in place to maintain a high level of safety and security on the job site and we will never cut corners or hurry a job in order to jeopardise the safety of our work crews.

    • If something goes wrong, are you insured?

      We have the best insurance coverage on the market.

    • What kind of equipment do you use?

      We use the most modern equipment available on the market today. Over-the-road moves are accomplished using our state of the art hydraulic dollies and powerful pull trucks. Steel piles are driven using a patented innovative hydraulic system, causing no damage to the building. Over the years, we have developed unique and specialised lifting equipment to meet the needs of specific jobs. Our R. & D. department is continually working on new and innovative equipment and methods in order to offer safer working environments and to meet our clients’ needs.

    • What about interior furnishings?

      In general, you will not be required to remove the furnishings from your house. However, we do recommend that you secure tall cabinets and items and take down wall hangings. We also recommend removing expensive or valuable items from your home. You will want to verify with your insurance company for proper coverage during the move.

    • Can H&G build my foundations?

      On our projects, we can build the foundations. We offer a turn-key service where we handle all phases of the project. However, we do not build foundations for new buildings.

    • What type of site access do you require?

      When moving a building on unpaved ground, a solid bed composed of compacted gravel is required. If a loaded gravel truck can drive over the surface without leaving tread marks, so can we. Moving a building over soft ground is not recommended as our equipment, as well as the building, can be damaged.

  • Water infiltration

    • My basement is damp. How can you help?

      There are many causes for a damp basement. Top of the list is the perimeter drain tile or lack thereof. Another cause might be insufficient damp proofing on the exterior face of the foundation walls. We can solve this problem by replacing the drain tile and installing a waterproofing membrane on your foundations.

    • I live in a floodplain. Can you help?

      Yes. There are several ways to solve this problem. First thing to do is raise your house above the 100 year flood level. The common method is to build a completely waterproof foundation, using high tech rubber membranes throughout, thereby creating a dry basement. Another method is to create a backfilled berm using approved granular material and building a concrete knee wall or pad to support the house. We can also raise the entire house along with its concrete foundations above the high water mark and backfill underneath.

  • Building technical evaluation

    • I want to buy/sell a house, can you help?

      If we did some work on the house we offer a free technical support in order to explain exactly what was performed and why.

    • I want to buy/sell the house has some foundation problem, what to do?

      Even thought you have requested a building inspector, he may not have necessary knowledge and experience in foundations and structural problems. The underpinning field is unique. We offer the service of a specialised technical inspector who will survey the foundations and structure, writing you a report including the scope of work and its budget.

    • I am a victim a hidden defect, I have a lawyer, can you advice me?

      Our technical inspector in foundations and structure can give you a detailed report on the scope of work and its budget. This report will help you understand the type of work that needs to be done and the financial implications.

  • General inquiries

    • What kinds of service do you provide?
      • Stabilizing on steel piles residential and commercial foundation
      • Underpinning work (such a support for decontamination work)
      • Raising of building, house, floors, foundations, roofs and structures
      • On the road moving of building, house, floors, foundations, roofs and structures
      • Foundation replacement and repair
      • Stabilizing on steel piles residential and commercial foundation
    • Are you ISO certified?

      YES! Since a few years now, we are Iso 9001, certified. This certification assure you with a constant quality control.

    • Can you supply references?

      We are delighted to provide references on request. Over the past years, we served over 35 000 clients in our field, our clients are our most pride. Our clients never hesitate to refer our company.

    • Do you own your fabrication shop?

      Yes, we have two specialised shop.

    • What kind of permits are required?

      A building permit is usually required for any type of construction and/or renovation. Contact your city or town office for more information. The client is responsible for obtaining these permits and the costs are never included in our contract. However, we are responsible for obtaining the DOT permit when required for an over-the-road move. In most cases, we supply the client with a set of construction drawings, outlining the scope of our work. These drawings can be helpful when dealing the city permit officials.

    • What kind of equipment do you use?

      We use the most modern equipment available on the market today. Depending on the type of building, most lifts or shoring are done with high-strength steel beams and a unified hydraulic jacking system. Over-the-road moves are accomplished using our state of the art hydraulic dollies and powerful pull trucks. Steel piles are driven using a patented innovative hydraulic system, causing no damage to the building. Over the years, we have developed unique and specialised lifting equipment to meet the needs of specific jobs. Our R. & D. department is continually working on new and innovative equipment and methods in order to offer safer working environments and to meet our clients’ needs.

    • Can weather play a factor in doing your work?

      In some cases, yes. But once we start your job, we will do everything to work day after day, as long as the weather allows it.

    • How much time does the work take?

      That depends on the type of work that we do. An average job requires between 3 and 6 days of work, depending on the complexity of the project. Jobs involving construction of foundations will require between 3 to 4 weeks of work, from start to finish.

    • Are you covered by an insurance?

      Yes, we have the best insurance coverage on the market.

    • What type of guaranty do you offer?

      We guarantee to do the work once and for all. H&G is proud to offer it’s clientele a transferable guaranty on the work that we perform on your building. Furthure more, we offer free technical support when selling your building. Length of guarantee varies according to the type of work performed.

    • Are you a licensed contractor?

      Of course we are. We are licensed by the "Régie du bâtiment du Québec", licence no.: 8258-0317-17.

    • Are you a member of a professional organization?

      Yes we are. We are a registered member of the A.P.C.H.Q. (Association provinciale des constructeurs d’habitation du Québec) http://www.apchq.com as well as the I.A.S.M. (International association of structural movers) http://www.iasm.org/ as well as Canadian welding bureau www.cwb.com.

    • Do you prepare plans for your work?

      Yes. Construction drawings are prepared for every contract that we execute. These plans, drawn by industry professionals and sealed by either licensed technologists or engineers, outline the scope of the work to be performed on the project.

    • Do I need to hire a contractor?

      That depends on the project. Most of the prep work and finish work can be done by the home owner. However, once the house is installed on the new foundations, you will need to hire professional electricians and plumbers for the service hook-ups. In some case, lifting the building is part of a larger renovation project and additions to the main house are often built at the same time. Customers also take advantage of a new basement by adding in new rooms. In these cases, it is a good idea to hire a general contractor to complete the work.

    • Why should I hire H&G?

      Because our 45+ years experience has made us an industry leader amongst building movers. Our commitment to quality and dedication to our customer’s needs have given us an unparallel reputation. We have the solutions to your problems at the best costs.

    • I need your help. What’s next?

      Contact our nearest office or call us at 1-800 363-1510 (Montreal surroundings) or 1-800 463 1319 (outside Montreal surroundings). We will assign your call to one of our project managers who will contact you for more information and to schedule a meeting on site. Following the site visit, the project manager will present you with a proposal, outlining the scope of the work to be performed on your property.