Maximum General Contracting Inc.

Foundations
Toronto ON M3B 1K4
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Shane from Toronto
Shane from Toronto
3 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Basement Lowering / Underpinning

My experience with Maximum was great. The owner, John, takes the time to fully explain every detail, and is always quick to respond on any calls or emails. Jesse and the crew were also incredible to work with, and quick to sort through any concerns or questions I had.
They showed up every morning on time. They cleaned up every day and were very respectful to my family and neighbours. They hit the timelines and came in on budget. Amazingly, many contractors do not even fulfill these basic requirements. These guys go above them, and I would absolutely recommend them to anyone looking to do this type of project.

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danavrahami
danavrahami
2 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Basement Dig

We decided to dig out the basement of our 100 year old home in East York. We couldn't have been happier with John and Maximum General Contracting. They started the job within 6 weeks of contacting them. They were on time and on budget. The underpinning and benching passed all the inspections. Most importantly John and his crew were friendly and great to work with. I would hire them again for any work in the future.

Approximate cost of services:
$30,000.00
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Susan & Paul from Toronto
Susan & Paul from Toronto
5 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Basement Expansion, Underpinning, Walkout and Wall Removal

John and his crew were on time, on budget and did a fantastic job. John was a pleasure to work with. He was very knowledgable and gave some great advice. During the project he was very involved and always reachable. His team were experienced, hardworking, reliable and friendly. Highly recommended!

Approximate cost of services:
$70,000.00
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Alison from Toronto
Alison from Toronto
3 reviews York, ON
10/10

Basement underpinning

Maximum General Contracting was highly recommended by a work colleague and we are very glad to have selected Maximum. John, the owner of Maximum, was a pleasure to deal with. The work that his men did in digging out and underpinning our basement was first-rate. We had no concerns during the process. The work was done on time. The other contractors who have inspected the work when bidding on the finishing work have said that the underpinning job was well done, including the quality of the concrete floor. Maximum carries all necessary insurance and workers' comp and is willing to guarantee the quality of its workmanship and its waterproofing work. I would not hesitate to recommend Maximum General Contracting to underpin your basement.

Approximate cost of services:
$70,000.00
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Ian Wheatley from Toronto
Ian Wheatley from Toronto
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

underpinning of basement

Great company. Thanks to their great professionalism and consistent good nature. They dug out 8 large dumpsters of earth in the depths of January winter in 2013. My house was kept warm and clean. I have highly recommended them to friends who want to have the same work done. Thanks John, Jessie and the gang.

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$40,000.00
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Denise
Denise
2 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Underpin basement

I would recommend John and his team to anyone. Underpinning a house is somewhat stressful (especially when you see the holes under your house), but John promptly (and patiently) answered all of my questions. We interviewed a few contractors for this job, and John's pricing was very fair. MGC's work was great and we got along with all of his team so well, that we continue to use them for other jobs on the house. Our only regret was not getting them to do the "finishing" of our basement. I would rather have kept them on throughout, but we were committed to a different contractor for that portion. Besides hiring them for new jobs, we have had them fix some of the other contractor's "work" too. You can't go wrong hiring John and his team. Prompt, reliable, trustworthy, patient, fair.

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Susan Gans from Toronto
Susan Gans from Toronto
3 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Basement Underpinning

We had the best possible experience with John and his crew. I cannot recommend them enough. Not only was their quote the most reasonable, the work also started on time and they finished on time as well. The crew was also very respectful and went out of their way to keep our yard and house clean (not an easy feat during such a messy job). They also kept us well informed throughout the process and met every deadline they proposed. And our basement now has 8 ft ceilngs, as promised! I would highly recommend Maximum General Contracting to anyone looking to lower their basement.

Approximate cost of services:
$45,000.00
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Homeowner from Toronto
Homeowner from Toronto
7 reviews Old Toronto, ON
8/10

Basement Underpinning/Lowering

I hired John and his crew to underpin my basement. I was cautious to make sure that I hired the right team given how important the process is to the structure of the overall house. They worked extremely hard and did a great job. I had asked for a few references and visited a few basements before proceeding and all of the reviews were positive. Without question, John is fair with his pricing and I would hire them again.

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glenn from Old Toronto
glenn from Old Toronto
1 review Old Toronto, ON
8/10

Underpinning

My wife and I received many quotes and finally decided to go with Maximum. We are very glad that we did. John is very professional and was able to complete the work as per our engineers drawings on schedule and on budget. We highly recommend Maximum to anyone looking for quality at an affordable price.

Approximate cost of services:
$40,000.00
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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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