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Basement Excavation/Foundation Excavation Services

Are you looking for a reliable and professional foundation and soil excavation service? Look no further! We provide state-of-the-art excavation techniques tailored to your specific needs, ensuring that all projects are carried out safely and efficiently.

Excavation & Preparation of Site for Foundation Repairs, Grading & Compaction

We specialize in the excavation and preparation of sites for foundation repairs, grading and compaction. Our excavation services include soil removal and disposal, cut-and-fill operations to prepare the site for foundation repairs and rebuilding, grading for compacted subgrade preparation, excavating for concrete work, digging services and trimming of existing landscape features to better serve your foundation repair or construction goals.

Excavating is the process of removing earth, rock or other materials from a site to prepare it for construction. It is a critical step in any construction project, and professional excavating services offer several benefits over DIY or amateur excavating.

Experience and Expertise: We have trained and experienced professionals who have worked on a variety of excavation projects. We have the knowledge and skills to excavate the site efficiently and safely. We can also identify potential problems before they occur and take preventive measures to avoid any delays or damage.

Access to the Right Equipment: Excavating requires specialized equipment such as excavators, backhoes, and bulldozers. We have access to a wide range of equipment to handle any job, big or small. We also have the latest technology and equipment to ensure that the excavation process is completed quickly and efficiently.

Safety: Excavating can be a dangerous job, and safety should always be a top priority. We have protocols in place to ensure that the job is done safely. We have trained personnel who know how to operate equipment safely and prevent accidents. We also have insurance coverage in case of any accidents or damage.

Time and Cost Savings: We have the experience, expertise, and equipment to get the job done quickly and efficiently. We can complete the excavation process in a shorter time, which can save you money on labor costs. We also have the right equipment and technology to avoid mistakes, which can result in costly delays.

Comprehensive Services: Professional excavating company that offers comprehensive services that go beyond excavation. We can provide site preparation, grading, demolition, and hauling services. This means that you don’t have to hire different contractors for different tasks, which can save you time and money.

Compliance with Regulations: Excavating is subject to several regulations, including environmental and safety regulations. Professional excavating companies like us, have the knowledge and expertise to comply with these regulations. We can obtain the necessary permits and ensure that the excavation process meets all legal requirements.

In conclusion, professional excavating services offer several benefits over DIY or amateur excavating. We have the experience, expertise, equipment, and technology to complete the job safely, quickly, and efficiently. We can also save you time and money by providing comprehensive services and complying with regulations. If you’re planning a construction project, consider hiring a professional excavating company to ensure that the excavation process is done right. We are pleased to provide our professional excavation and soil work services in: Cobourg, Port Hope, Campbellford, Kingston, Belleville, Grafton, Colborne, Cramahe, Brighton, Trenton, Quinte West, Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes and surrounding areas.

Heavy duty equipment for foundation waterproofing and basement crack repair

GROUND Excavation with Mini-ex and Backhoe LoaderS FOR GROUND EXCAVATION AND BASEMENT WORK

Our in-house excavator has been certified, insured, and operating for over 25 years, we are your local excavating contractors.

Our Extensive Experience in Residential services include:

  • Basement Excavation and Backfill
  • Rough Grading
  • Finish Grading
  • Trenching
  • Landscape Drainage

If your home has a foundation crack, or you’re experiencing water in your basement, we can help!

At DoneRite Waterproofing, we offer soil excavation services. We also offer foundation repair and basement waterproofing . We’ve been helping homeowners in the Southern Ontario area for many decades.

We know how stressful it can be to have a problem with your home that you don’t know how to fix. And we understand that the last thing you want to do is pay for something you don’t need. That’s why we offer free inspections, and a warranty on all of our services! 

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Highest Quality excavating Services

We treat your home like our own, and strive to do our work with minimum disruption to you and your family while completing your excavations for landscape/yard/lawn drainage projects.

Emergency Services

If you’re having an emergency, call us immediately to be prioritized for basement and landscape drainage solutions.

Simple Upfront Pricing

Get a free, no obligation quote from our expert estimators with no last minute surprises.

Lifetime Warranty

All our work is backed by a lifetime warranty that is transferable should you choose to sell your house.


We offer interior & exterior foundation wraps, core pours, basement crack repairs, landscape waterproofing, excavation and  other supporting services for home and business owners.

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Cracks And Leaks Can Occur


Tie rod holes in basement walls are created by the 5/8” rods used to hold the steel forms together during the original foundation pouring of your basement. After the concrete has cured, the rods are disassembled and when they are removed, holes are left that go straight through your foundation.


Problems can also occur if window wells were not properly fastened to the wall. During the winter, when the ground freezes and swells, it may eventually push the window well upwards causing the earth to flow underneath the well and into the drain.


Problems can also occur if window wells were not properly fastened to the wall. During the winter, when the ground freezes and swells, it may eventually push the window well upwards causing the earth to flow underneath the well and into the drain.

A beam pocket is a recessed space designed to hold the end of an intersecting beam in a concrete wall, a masonry wall, or a column. Beam pockets in exterior structures are often subject to water leakage.
Honeycomb is a rough and stony surface that appears on concrete when there are air voids between the course and the aggregate. This happens when insufficient fine material gets into the concrete mixture due to poor mixing or incorrect aggregate grading.
Between your sump pump and the discharge line, there’s a valve that opens and closes to let water out of the pump. If the valve isn’t working properly, it will send the water back into your home. This is one of the most common reasons that sump pumps collect standing water.
Mortar issues allow leaks to occur in two ways: in the space between the mortar and the brick or through the mortar itself. Bricks too can be the source of the leak, as they’re considered porous.

Cracks up to 25mm wide could be a sign of structural damage and should be inspected and repaired by a professional. Very severe – any crack above 25mm in width indicates serious structural damage and will need major repair work, which could include underpinning and rebuilding.

Sewer leaks under a basement floor often appear in homes built before the late 1970s. This is due to a characteristic of a material found in older plumbing systems; cast iron.
Small to medium-sized cracks in your basement floor are natural and should not worry you. These do not indicate a larger problem. Cracks greater than 1/8 of an inch wide will require sealing with masonry and concrete-specific elastomeric caulking sealant.
Drainage issues around a home’s foundation, including poor grading, overflowing gutters, short downspouts, or clogged window wells can all cause water to pool near the foundation.


Basement Foundation Leaks & Cracks FAQ

Below you’ll find common foundation issues and how we fix them


Are cracks in house foundations common?

Cracks in poured concrete foundations are very common and are a natural result of the foundation settling. The concrete also tends to shrink slightly in the curing process. Most of the time minor cracks don’t present any problems but if the cracks get too large over time, they will allow water to penetrate your basement, and can be indicative of more serious structural problems.

Does every foundation crack leak?
No, but any crack that spans the entirety of your basement wall has the potential to leak. Even minor foundation cracks that don’t presently leak can leak in the future if they get worse. If a crack leaks once, it will certainly leak again in the future.
Are foundation cracks serious?
The good news is that most hairline cracks are not serious and can easily be repaired quickly and easily as long as they are only hairline cracks and don’t run horizontally or diagonally along your house foundation, or if the cracks are larger than 1/8″ or 3.175 millimetres. These are often a sign of structual issues that should be addressed immediately to prevent further damage and increase the total cost of the repairs.
What causes foundation cracks?

More often than not, there is no single factor that causes foundation cracks, but rather a combination of factors:

Movement or Settlement: all foundations settle or move over time as the earth below is compressed, shrinks or shifts. This is normal and the foundation usually settles uniformly as a whole. However if the settlement is uneven, it can cause serious cracks over time.

Soil Expansion: in certain areas, the soil contains more a high concentration of clay (also called absorptive clay) – this type of soil swells much more with moisture, and thus increases its volume significantly, causing enough pressure to cause the foundation to move or even crack.

Extreme Weather: very hot summers and extremely cold winters can cause larger than usual shifts in the ground. The cycles of very dry summers (where the ground shifts away from the foundation) coupled with unusually cold winters (where the ground freezes and expands) can put undue pressure on your house foundation. These repeated cycles of contraction and expansion can lead to cracks in your basement foundation.

Shrinkage During Curing: This happens early in the lifecycle of your home. If pourd concrete foundation dries too quicly, it can lead to small hairline cracks which coupled with the above factors can lead to larger cracks.

What if my basement is finished?
If you have drywall, wallpaper or panelling that you’re not eager to have removed, it’s often possible to have the foundation crack repaired from the outside.


Can concrete foundations be repaired?
Yes they can! But before we start any repair, we have to know what caused the problem in the first place. Our expert estimators use state of the art thermal imaging systems that identify problematic areas that are invisible to the naked eye. We then do the necessary prep work, then proceed with a repair that solves your unique poured concrete foundation problems. If we don’t get to the root of it, the issue may reoccur.
Can concrete foundations be repaired?
We start by evaluating whether the damage is superficial or structural. We further ascertain whether the damage is local or widespread over a larger area. Then we check whether the supporting/reinforcing steel is corroded or damaged in any way. We also put our state of the art thermal imaging system to work to identify areas where heat may be escaping which could further be an indicator of deeper cracks that haven’t reached the surface yet.
Concrete crack injections
We can permanently fix your basement foundation leaks and cracks with low pressure crack injection using epoxy or polyurethane foam material. This method is highly cost effective and can be done quickly and with minimum disruption. First we install injection ports so that the epoxy or polyurethane can make its way into the crack. Then we seal the surface of the exposed crack using an epoxy adhesive. We then fill the crack with polyurethane foam or an epoxy, depending on the type of crack.
Interior waterproof basement wraps
We expose your foundation walls from the inside in order to repair any cracks, holes or other damage before installing a waterproof membrane and drainage system to keep the water, moisture, mold and mildew out of your basement.
Exterior waterproof basement wraps
We expose the foundation of your home from the outside, identify any cracks, holes, or other repairs that may be needed to stop water from leaking into your home. Once the necessary repairs are made, we will install a waterproof outside membrane that will not only protect your foundation, but also dissipate any water and divert it into a drainage system, ensuring your basement stays dry.
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Our clients love us! We overwhelmingly average perfect scores on both our Google and Homestars reviews. The vast majority of our clients would happily recommend us to their family and friends.



The guys from DoneRite have saved an old guy a lot of grief. Their work was fast and very clean, getting into and out of the basement, and keeping my shelves protected.

They were friendly, knowledgable. When on breaks, they helped me understand some of their work.

No more up and down stairs emptying buckets every day, and my sleep is peaceful now.

Henry - DoneRite Foundation waterproofing and crack repair testimonial
Project: Interior Full Basement Waterproof Membrane Wrap
- Henry
Stirling, Ontario


The DoneRite team was masterful, I highly recommended them!

We bought our home in 2015. It had waterproofing previously, but was limited, we had more work done years ago. The extra work was effective but not covering our whole house. Sadly, more leaks, and more complicated.

I tried to learn enough before they came to do an estimate. They provided a quote covering both outside and inside and explained a technique to connect both wraps I had not heard of when looking up waterproofing.

Juliet - DoneRite Foundation waterproofing and crack repair testimonial
Project: Exterior Waterproof Membrane Wrap
- Juliet & Jason
Kingston, Ontario


A window well filled with water, and then leaked, like Niagara Falls, in May.

The crew at DoneRite excavated and repaired a crack within a few days of my call.

You guys are amazing. Thank you!

Kieth - DoneRite Foundation waterproofing and crack repair testimonial
Project: Interior & Exterior Basement Foundation Crack Repairs
- Keith
Warkworth, Ontario


We really appreciate your team.

We thought the problem would go away, but the spring rains this year have forced us, and we are very pleased in the work you've done.

We will recommend you to everyone!!!

Tabatha from Cobourg - Testimonial
Project: Interior Waterproof Membrane Wrap
- Tabatha
Cobourg, Ontario