Maximum General Contracting Inc.

Foundations
Toronto ON M3B 1K4
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Stephen in Toronto
Stephen in Toronto
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

Underpinning and New Sewer Drain Installation

We were introduced to MGC through a neighbour who had basement underpinning completed previously. MGC came highly recommended and we were not disappointed from start to finish.

We had an uncommon, but rather complex situation. Our 135 year old Victorian semi did not have it's own drain to the city sewer. We discovered this unfortunate fact only after our complete gut renovation started. Our neighbour's sanitary drain ran under our house perpendicular to the street and after exiting our house, this common line ran under our neighbours' house, and so on down the street.

Other contractors we had consulted had never seen this unique shared drain situation before. However, MGC had dealt with this type of situation previously as they do a lot of work in downtown Toronto.

In addition, the rear portions of the houses did not sit on a proper foundation - small cement block sitting on sandy soil was clearly not to Code.

Thankfully our neighbour also agreed to retain MGC to have a coordinated and seamless experience on both sides of our shared wall.

Before dealing with the drain, the four stage underpinning process was undertaken with every precaution to shore up the common wall of the two homes and our exterior walls to allow for eight foot basement ceilings, weeping tile and water-proofing. The safety of the neighbouring properties and occupants, as well as the workers was of paramount importance.

Jesse, Louis and their crew were on site early everyday and working diligently to ensure that the work was done properly and accurately. They were always available to not only answer our questions, but to contact us if there were any issues to discuss or troubleshoot so that there were no surprises later. Clear communication with a contractor is high on everyone's wishlist when retaining someone for a project. Open communication existed before, during and even after the project was completed.

My understanding from speaking with others and reading news stories about failed procedures is that not all underpinning contractors are created equal. This is an area of expertise not to be trifled with or dabbled in. Top notch service and competitive pricing made recommending them with 10/10 a no brainer.

If you retain Maximum General you will not be disappointed.

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Hi Stephen
It was a real pleasure working and meeting you please let us know if you need anything in the future thanks so much

Yan Ling Elaine in Toronto
Yan Ling Elaine in Toronto
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

basement lowering/drains

My experience with Maximum General Contracting was great. This was a joint project with my neighbour and I am glad that this company was introduced to us. John is very knowledgeable and takes the time to explain every detail and is prompt to respond any questions/emails. Jesse and his team were very efficient, always showing up early in the morning and kept us in the loop of any construction matters and work schedules. I am pleased with their work and highly recommend them for foundation repair/basement renovations.

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Hi Elaine
It was a pleasure to work with you and your family thanks

christinemgalea
christinemgalea
6 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Demolish and Foundations with Blocks

Last year Maximum General did the underpinning at my house, which was a smooth, quick and overall excellent job. This year they demolished the back area of my house, dug deep, poured foundations and did the block work for an extension. John, Jesse and team were so efficient, hardworking and timely. They got 10x more work done the past couple of weeks compared to the house behind mine which is undergoing a similar reno by another company. The Maximum General team are always a pleasure to work with as they are genuine guys. They are at the top of my list.

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Hi Christian thanks for the great review reading it makes us proud to do what we do and also for choosing us once again to do your project it's always a pleasure working for you we appreciate it very much.

James in Toronto
James in Toronto
0 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Very reliable, systematic, and responsive

Two friends had recommended Maximum General to us after they did underpinning work for them. John and Louis gave us a clear quote and were quick to start the underpinning/benching project once permits were received. Throughout the process they regularly consulted with us about timing, options and issues (e.g., on drainage & plumbing lay out). Ultimately, at our request they also oversaw installation of a backwater valve, in-floor heating system and boiler, sump pump and sewage ejector. Their estimates for such additional costs were always reasonable and fair. They finished the job much faster than a contractor doing a similar job on the street. Louis has been very responsive on followup matters. We highly recommend them.

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Thanks james
It was great working with you thanks for the review

George
George
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

Major renovation

John, Louis, Jesse and crew supported us during our custom built home renovation. We are so thrilled we chose Maximum General Contracting to take on this enormous life changing endeavour. From demolition to underpinning, to building additions and preparing drains and flooring, shined throughout the entire process. They always provided timely insight and suggestions to expedite the process and maintain our timelines and stay within our budget. Constant praise from Toronto City Inspectors and Structural Engineers during various stages of inspections. People often say, “Renovations are a nightmare!” not with these professionals. Our deepest thanks

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Thank you George you were truly one of our best customers and it was a great experience hope all the best with your project and your young family health and happiness.

10/10

underpinning

these guys are great!

louis and his team showed up everyday and worked hard and efficiently.

they kept us up-to-date with all construction related matters and work schedules.

work was performed safely and on time.

guido

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Thanks guido for a great review look forward to future projects together

George Jr. in Toronto
George Jr. in Toronto
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

Underpinning basement and help with finishes

My contract with Maximum was for the underpinning only. These guys were terrific, professionals in every aspect. I would strongly recommend Jesse and his team anywhere, anytime. Most importantly, the job was completed within the timeline specified.

Once the underpinning was complete, Jesse helped with all other aspects of the renovation. He recommended his trades from framing to plumbing and insulation even though it was not part of the original contract. I ended up using those guys as well, great work at a reasonable price.

I give Jesse and the Maximum team 100% and would use them again in a Heartbeat.

Thanks again Maximum.
Best,
George

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Hi George
Thanks for your honesty about your experience hope others have the same chance

Suzanne in Toronto
Suzanne in Toronto
11 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Underpinning of the house

I recommend MAXIMUM GENERAL CONTRACTING INC. for the complex work of underpinning foundations. They did a superb job for our house. They are reliable and very nice to work with. They made the construction process as easy as possible.

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Thank you Susan it was great working with you and look forward to future projects

DW in Toronto
DW in Toronto
2 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Basement underpinning and foundation repair

John, Louis, Jesse, Billy and the whole Maximum team was true professional when it come to basement underpinning. We hired them to lower our basement to 8-feet. They showed up 7am every day ready to go. For such a big job, I felt like it's in the right hands through-out the whole process. Our job turned out to be much bigger than expected. But they have the experience to handle more than just a regular underpinning. I can recommend them for underpinning work as well as foundation work. It's a family-owned, trust-worthy business. They are a benefit to all home owners out there who are looking for good contractors.

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Thanks for a great review it was a pleasure to work with you
glad you were so happy.

kristenwallace24
kristenwallace24
11 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Basement Waterproofing

There is definitely not enough space for all the great things I have to say about Maximum General Contracting. I would give them a 20/10 if I could.
I initially heard of Maximum General Contracting from my realtor/friend who told me he recommends them all the time and everyone he had recommended them to say they are the best!! Well.... they were right. I hired them to waterproof my extremely leaky basement and I am so happy with the work they did and I have to say that they are BY FAR the BEST trade company I have EVER dealt with!!! First off, this company is the real deal. They came for a quote when they said they would and they were able to show me so many things I didn't even know about my own house. They gave me a really good price and I let them know I had some time constraints and Jesse and John bent over backwards to accommodate me. They showed up every day on time and worked extremely hard all day long - most of the time, they didn't even stop for lunch. They work very meticulously and made sure every last detail was perfect. Every member of their crew is a perfectionist. They were so smart and knowledgeable and I was kept informed of every step of the process. I never had to wonder about anything. Jesse called me every day to keep me up to date on what they were doing that day, what was finished and what was up next. This is rare. You don't get customer service like this anymore. This company exemplifies customer service and it's so important with jobs this big to kept informed. The whole crew went above and beyond my expectations every single day that they were at my home and I knew I was in great hands. They looked out for my best interests every step of the way and this was very refreshing as I had dealt with a few shady contractors during my renovation process. They were also extremely careful with my home and treated it as if it were their own. When they left, my home looked just like it did before they started. They cleaned up behind themselves so carefully and even took time to help out another trade I had working in the backyard. They wanted to make sure I didn't have any issues with another trade. I can't tell you how much I appreciated all of this. Another huge added bonus is that the entire crew was so much fun!! Everyone was amazing and so hard working. They put in 110% effort everyday and worked tirelessly all day long. Like I said before, it's very difficult to find companies with these principles anymore. They showed up every day, they were on time every day, they gave me a great price, they worked exceptionally hard all day, they made sure it was perfect, they cleaned up and they kept me very well informed about everything going on. What more could you possibly ask for? This is why I say I have never been so happy with a trade company! They were a dream. Exactly how you would want a job of this magnitude to go. I will be highly recommending them to anybody and everybody who needs their services. They are the best in the business and I will be having them back to my home for other jobs now too. I am so happy I found them!! I am actually going to miss having them around (for now - as I will be hiring them for everything else I need to do). To Jesse and John and the whole crew - Thank you for everything and for going the extra mile every step of the process !! I couldn't be happier!!

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Hi Kristen it was a pleasure to work with you thanks for a wonderful experience and glad to see you were so happy thanks

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More about Maximum General Contracting Inc.

More about Maximum General Contracting:
Basement Lowering
Lowering your basement will be done in the A,B,C method what this means is first we dig out all the A's maximum 4 feet wide, we then form and pour concrete 25 mpa. After that stage we will install 2” inches of dry pack grout. We then go on to do B and C in the same procedure. All stages are inspected by city Inspectors. This is for the underpinning method.

Waterproofing
External Method
Waterproofing can be done either internally, or applied to the exterior of the structure. The exterior waterproofing method is the preferred and better method of handling waterproofing because it does not allow water to seep through the foundation wall once completed. The external method is done by digging down to the foundation. The wall is then wire-brushed and cleaned. The foundation wall is then parged and a rubber coating is applied to the entire exterior "below ground" surface. Finally, it is completed with a waterproof membrane applied over the rubber coating. Once this is completed, 4" diameter weeping tiles are then installed in a trench surrounding the entire building. The weeping tiles are set level with the bottom of the footings, covered with 10" to 12" of 3/4" gravel to assist with drainage. The trench is then back-filled.

Internal Method
If the internal method is used, we cut and remove the floor slabs approximately 12" away from the wall. Earth is then removed right down to the bottom of the footings. We supply and install the waterproof membrane on the foundation wall. Weeping tile is then installed, level with the footing and terminated to a sump-pump pit. The weeping tiles are covered with gravel before concrete is poured over top to create a new basement floor.

Underpinning
Underpinning is the process of strengthening and stabilizing the foundation of an existing building or other structure. Underpinning is accomplished by extending the foundation in depth or in breadth so it either rests on a stronger soil stratum or distributes its load across a greater area. Use of micro piles [1] and jet grouting are common methods in underpinning. An alternative to underpinning is the strengthening of the soil by the introduction of a grout. All of these processes are generally elaborate.
Concrete
Concrete, structural masonry material made by mixing broken stone or gravel with sand, cement, and water and allowing the mixture to harden into a solid mass. The cement is the chemically active element, or matrix; the sand and stone are the inert elements, or aggregate. Concrete is adaptable to widely varied structural needs, is available practically anywhere, is fire resistant, and can be used by semiskilled workers.

Brick and Block Work
A wet brick and block build is constructed with a block built internal skin and cavity followed by a brick external facing, remain the preferred building method of self-builders. Brickwork masonry is produced when a bricklayer uses bricks and mortar to build up structures such as walls, bridges and chimneys. (Brickwork is also used to finish openings such as doors or windows in buildings made of other materials.) Where the bricks are to remain fully visible, as opposed to being covered up by plaster or stucco, this is known as face-work.

Additions and Extensions
In order to do an addition you must first dig and remove the earth down to the level of the new footings which will be formed and poured with concrete, then the cement blocks can be install for the new addition ( you can also pour the foundation wall with concrete)

Bench Footing
Bench footing is done in the 1 to 1 ratio for every 1 foot down you must go out 1 foot. We then go on to install 3” inches of 3/4 inch gravel with weeping tile around perimeter of basement which is terminated to sum pump pit. The pit has a pump which pumps out natural earth water out to side or back of home. The next step is to pour 4” inches of concrete for the slab.

Main Drains / Sump Pumps
The Main Drains / Sump pump are used to remove water that has accumulated in the sump pump pit. A sump pump pit, commonly found in the home basement, is simply a hole to collect water. The water may enter via the perimeter drains of a basement waterproofing system, funneling into the pit, or may arrive because of rain or because of natural ground water, if the basement is below the water table level.
Plans & Permits

Maximum General Contracting will arrange for all required permits to do the work. Should you also require plans to be drawn up, we have an engineer capable of handling all your planning needs.
Radiant Floor Heating
Many of our clients ask about Radiant Floor Heating and we agree that this is an excellent idea because it also helps to keep the basement dry and provides a warm, comfortable floor on which to walk.

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WEBSITE
http://www.mgcunderpinning.com
LIABILITY INSURANCE
Yes
WORKERS COMPENSATION
Yes
WRITTEN CONTRACT
Yes
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