Kevin’s measured approach in solving our water problem has proven successful so far as we’ve had several heavy rain storms and no more evidence of moisture in our basement. Not to mention that he was a pleasure to deal with start to finish. We’d absolutely hire him again.
–Olivia, Cambridge MA
The majority of houses in the New England area were constructed on fieldstone foundations.in some cases it is all fieldstone or could also be a combination of fieldstone on the bottom and brick on the top. Depending on the history of the house these foundations often need maintenance of some degree.
The extent of the maintenance obviously varies from house to house and depends on a number of factors– house location, exterior landscaping, roof water collection systems, downspouts etc.
Before starting any basement restoration project it is always a good idea to walk around the property to ascertain if there are any common sense courses of action that could be taken to keep unnecessary water away from the foundation. Once this has been done we concentrate our efforts on the inside.
Tell tale signs that the foundation needs some degree of Restoration is the presence of what appears to be dust (broken down mortar) between the fieldstone and very often a trail of mortar dust all around the perimeter of the foundation.
Kevin and his team were great to work with. He came out, and we talked through the project of repointing my foundation and bricking up a door. His quote was reasonable (and he came in on quote at the end), he was very knowledgeable (taught me a few things) and he scheduled me a few weeks out. His team was fast, respectful, and did a good job. Kevin checked in a few times to make sure I was happy with the results.
–Ben, Manhattan NY
Sometimes the foundation needs partial attention but very often the whole thing needs to be worked on, this would be assessed upon inspection.
The procedure involves the removal of all the old mortar. The methods used to do this usually involve chiseling, raking and scraping out the old mortar and is usually determined by the overall condition of the wall.
A good restoration job depends on thorough preparation, i.e., removal of all loose material to get to a decent substrate to ensure proper bond once the new mortar is applied.
As with all forms of masonry restoration, it is important that the new mortar closely resemble the old. All the old foundations typically have a high lime content mortar and care should be taken to make sure it is similar.
If you feel that your basement is showing signs that it may need some Restoration please feel free to contact us to set up an inspection. We have an experienced team that will treat your foundation with the respect it deserves and leave you in good shape for many years to come.
I had a great experience with Renaissance Masonry on a major basement repointing project. They were very quick to respond, communicated well, worked quickly and efficiently and the basement turned out great. When I reached out to a few companies for quotes, they were the first to respond and had the best rates.
–Ed, Waltham MA