Don has a great amount of knowledge and understanding in the construction industry allowing him to be a leader in the industry. Running his own business for over 20 years he has been responsible for the strategic planning and leadership for both Clarke Basement Systems and Foundation Supportworks of Ontario.
Don has installed hundreds of basement waterproofing systems with his own hands and has consulted with thousands of homeowners, designing effective solutions for every one of them.
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The presence of mould is an alarming discovery. Mould can lead to a slew of health problems, and always indicates the presence of water. While mould and mildew removal can be costly to deal with, it’s nowhere near as bad as the cost of letting it get worse.
A customer in Mississauga, Ontario, found mould growing in her cold room. She loved having the space for storage, and wanted to finish the room, but dealing with the mould and water was her first priority. She had previously had the room waterproofed by another company and was disappointed that the work didn’t address the leaking ceiling.
Looking for a solution, she reached out to Clarke Basement Systems to set up a free estimate. System Design Specialist Ron Monk met with the customer and inspected the cold room. He used our Cold Room Encapsulation System to design a unique solution for her cold room.
Foreman Don Clarke started by encapsulating the cold room with CleanSpace® Vapour Barrier, giving the walls an airtight seal and catching any water. The CleanSpace® is connected to vinyl ceiling panels that catch water coming from the ceiling before draining it into the CleanSpace®. From there, the water is drained through the floor where it seeps back into the ground. A vent connects the cold room to the rest of the basement, allowing fresh air to enter and disperse the humidity.
The customer is happy that she can comfortably move forward with her basement renovation. She can finally use her cold room, and the extra space adds value to her home.
A home in Toronto, Ontario, had a problem in the basement. The homeowner wanted to finish the basement, but the walls and floor were always damp. The customer also wanted to install a heated floor and wanted to gain headroom. The homeowner didn't think they would be able to refinish the basement because it was always damp, and they wanted to ensure the protection of their investment.
The customer called Clarke Basement Systems, and Ron Monk explained the solution we had come up with for the home. Don Clarke and the team came in and installed WaterGuard® sub-floor perimeter drainage system, WaterGuard® port, ThermalDry® wall system, SuperSump® Premier Sump Pump System and UltraSump® Battery Back-Up system and IceGuard® Discharge Line System.
The Waterguard captures water at the footing wall joint and drains the water to the SuperSump/UltraSump sump system. The Thermaldry wall membrane helps reduce relative humidity and ensure wall leaks and any moisture are drained into the Waterguard installed in the floor. The SuperSump and UltraSump is a 2 pump sump system. It protects against pump failure and power loss to the home. It is installed with the Iceguard that protects the system in cold weather.
The customer was happy because they were able to refinish the basement knowing the whole basement was going to stay dry. The homeowner was also very confident with Basement Systems 25-year dry nationally backed transferrable basement warranty against groundwater seepage.
Trusting our homes to protect us is essential. We spend a good chunk of our lives at home, and we shouldn’t have to wonder if the building is structurally sound. We like to think that things are always the way they’re supposed to be, but unfortunately, that’s not always the case.
A homeowner in Toronto, Ontario, noticed the walls in his cold room were bowing. The walls supported the concrete front porch, so they play an essential role in supporting the front section of the house. Concerned for the home’s well-being, the customer called Clarke Basement Systems.
System Design Specialist Ron Monk met with the customer and inspected his home. He showed him our products and designed a system to stabilize the cold room permanently.
Foremen Shane O’Rourke and Don Clarke worked hard installing our Powerbrace® System. First, the exterior was excavated to relieve pressure on the walls. Once the exterior is excavated, the walls are pushed back out before PowerBraces® are installed. These braces attach directly to the concrete floor and framing in the ceiling, stabilizing the home and helping to straighten the walls.
The client was extremely satisfied with the job and our team. The walls are secure, and his fears of a collapse have been put to rest.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and for a Toronto, Ontario, customer the saying couldn’t be more accurate.
A retaining wall separated his driveway from his front lawn, but over the years, the retaining wall had tipped. If the wall collapsed, it would cause damage to his front yard, possibly the vehicles in the driveway, and the repair cost would be into the thousands. Not to mention the stress of redoing his yard and driveway.
The customer contacted Clarke Basement Systems hoping for a solution that would protect his property and save him money. System Design Specialist Ron Monk met with the customer at his home and after inspecting the situation, developed a plan using our GeoLock™ Wall Anchor System to straighten and stabilize the retaining wall.
GeoLock™ wall anchors go deep into the ground and connect to a wall using a series of rods and plates. Foreman Don Clarke started by excavating the area surrounding the wall before installing the system. Anchor rods and earth anchors were installed next before wall plates were placed overtop of them. Once installed, the plates were tightened accordingly, to straighten and stabilize the wall. Finally, the area was backfilled, and our 25-year warranty ensures the wall will stay stable for many years to come.
Thanks to our system, the customer’s wall is stable, and his investments are protected. He was ecstatic that he didn’t need to replace the whole wall, or complete even more repairs if the wall had collapsed. A happy customer and a job well done by the Clarke Basement Systems team!
A car repair shop in Toronto, Ontario has many cars coming in and out. In the winter the snow and slush melts and causes the garage floor to flood. The business owner and employees had to push the water to one small drain far away, taking time away from the customers. The business owner wanted a solution that would benefit the company and avoid loss of time.
The owner called Clarke Basement Systems and spoke to Claude Mathieu, who explained the process to our solution. Don Clarke and the team came in and installed interior and exterior TrenchDrain® Drainage System and a SuperSump® Premier sump pump system. The TrenchDrain® captures the melting snow and water and drains it into the SuperSump. The TrenchDrain® was located in the floor at floor level in areas that the snow and slush would melt off the cars. The owner and employees no longer waste valuable time dealing with pooling surface water.
A home in Toronto, Ontario had water entering through the foundation wall slowly. It was leaking in through the side and front walls making the space in the basement unhealthy and smelly. As most water leaking situations, the family was uncomfortbale and wanted to get it fixed before it got worse.
The homeowner called Clarke Basement Systems and talked to Rob Malcomson, who explained everything that was going to be done to the home. Don Clarke and his team came in and dug out the areas where the water was coming through. They did an entire exterior waterproofing. They installed Liquid rubber on the wall to cover any cracks and leaks, drainage matting on the walls to direct any water away from the home and back into the ground. New weepers were installed on the outside of the home to relieve any pressure against the wall. When they completed the waterproofing they filled in the hole and gave the customer the guarantee there would no longer be leakage. The Basement is now dry, with no water entry!
A home in Toronto, Ontario was experiencing basement flooding due to a window located close to a downspout. It was not draining away the water fast enough and when it rained the homeowners spent a lot of time mopping up the water to prevent damage from the flooding.
The customer called Clarke Basement Systems and Claude Mathieu explained the solution we came up with to rid them of their problem. Don Clarke and the team came in and excavated to create new positive drainage. They installed the new SunHouse™ Window Well enclosure allowing more sunlight in, and none of the leaves and debris backing up the drain would cause the basement to flood again.
The homeowner was pleased knowing they wouldn't have to waste any time cleaning up water that leaked into the basement. They wouldnt need to pay for damaged floors and the window brought in more light.
A homeowner in Toronto, ON had too much water flooding their lawn and walkway from the sump pump discharge and downspouts. This area was so saturated that the homeowner and his family could not use this part of the yard. It was a frustrating situation. The family loved to spend time in this area in the summer.
Claude Mathieu, Senior System Design Specialist, visited the homeowner and discussed ways to solve this problem. To get the water under control, Don Clarke, Project Foreman, and production crew installed a TripleSafe™ Sump System, buried discharge line, Heat-Line and Drywell. The system works together to send water below grade to the Drywell. It helps eliminate surface flooding. The TripleSafe sump system maintains pumping capacity when needed.
Now on bright, sunny days, there’s nothing better for the family than enjoying their well-drained yard in the summertime or any time during the year.
Some home repairs we look forward to working on, while others we can’t wait to get over with and move along.
In Georgetown, Ontario, a customer reached out to us to deal with a water seepage problem in their basement. Water was seeping in through the centre of the floor where cracks had formed in the concrete, and the customer was concerned about long-term damage.
After meeting with System Design Specialist Don Clarke, the customer was ready to set up a date for the repair.
Foreman Rob Trevisan dug a lateral ditch throughout the floor where he installed our WaterGuard® Drain System. The drain was run to a TripleSafe® Sump Pump, and we added an UltraSump® Battery Backup for peace of mind. Lastly, the walls were encapsulated with ThermalDry® Wall Membrane to both seal and insulate the walls.
The customer is thrilled with how quickly the entire repair process went and he appreciates the hard work from the entire Clarke Basement Systems team.
A home in Toronto, Ontario had water problems in the entire basement of the house. The house was 100-years-old with a stone foundation. They had groundwater seepage along the walls and hydrostatic pressure forcing water through areas of the thin and unlevelled, broken floor. The homeowner had to have mould remediation. Plans were made to finish the basement, so they wanted to ensure that it stayed dry and mold didn’t reoccur. The customers home office was in that room. He relied heavily on that room for his business, but due to the water, he couldn’t have his equipment in there.
They called Clarke Basement Systems to fix the water problems so they could get their business workspace up and running. Our sales rep; Ron Monk explained to the customer that they would need floor removal and replacement, WaterGuard® Below-Floor Drain, TripleSafe™ Complete Sump Pump System, CleanSpace® Vapour Barrier, IceGuard® Discharge Line System. Dave Jackson, Jose Martinez and the team were prepared to take on this messy job and turn it into a clean, dry work space. The floor replaced provided a sub-floor drainage bed and an adequate three-inch level floor slab. WaterGuard® was installed around the full perimeter of the foundation to collect water and take it to a sump pump ensuring the whole basement stays dry. Cleanspace was put on the walls to reduce relative humidity, ensure wall leaks are drained to the WaterGuard® and protects the finished walls installed on top of it. The TripleSafe™ sump system ensures the basement stays dry all the time with the IceGuard® protecting the home in the event of frozen or blocked discharge lines.
The client was satisfied because the basement is now dry and ready for finishing. They can now renovate that space and use it for their business without worrying about leakage or flooding!
Cold rooms are a unique little space. Not every home has one, and they’re typically made of concrete. These rooms are different than a typical storage room, and they tend to be susceptible to cooler temperatures and moisture.
A customer in Oshawa, Ontario, had a wet and stinky cold room. He wanted to start using the space, but the condition it was in made it hard to store anything. The homeowner thought they were stuck with a barely usable room, but figured they’d call Clarke Basement Systems anyway.
After meeting with System Design Specialist Chris Luke, the homeowner was happy they reached out. Chris showed them our Cold Room Encapsulation System and a date was set for the repair.
Foreman Don Clarke encapsulated the room using CleanSpace® Vapour Barrier to stop water from seeping in through the walls. A drainage panel was added to the ceiling, and our WaterGuard® Drain System was installed around the perimeter.
The customer is happy to finally have a usable storage room. They love how bright the space looks, and were impressed with the service from Chris and Don.
No one likes dealing with water in their basement, especially when it renders an entire room useless.
A customer in Oshawa, Ontario, had water coming in through her cold room ceiling every time it rained. She wanted to use the space to store food and items but was concerned about water damage. Fed up, she decided to call Clarke Basement Systems.
System Design Specialist Ryan Hanlon met the customer at her home and inspected the space. He showed her our Cold Room Solution, and she was excited to see a solution that would solve her problem.
Foreman Don Clarke installed the system in a single day’s work. The walls were encapsulated with R10 insulation, and CleanSpace® Vapour Barrier and a SmartDrain® was dug into the floor. Drainage Panelling was installed on the ceiling with a slight grade to drain water towards the back wall, and a vent was installed in the door to allow airflow.
The customer is thrilled that her cold room is finally dry. She can start using the space as she pleases and no longer has to clean water off of her floor.No one likes dealing with water in their basement, especially when it renders an entire room useless. Drainage Panelling was installed on the ceiling with a slight grade to drain water towards the back wall, and a vent was installed in the door to allow airflow.
The customer is thrilled that her cold room is finally dry. She can start using the space as she pleases and no longer has to clean water off of her floor.
Insurance is something many homeowners don’t think about until they have to. You pay for the policy and hope you’ll never have to use it, but keeping up-to-date with your policy is also essential.
A customer in Markham, Ontario, called Clarke Basement Systems after finding out his insurance company was about to cancel his policy. Water was leaking into his basement from his backyard, and he was running out of time. System Design Specialist Dean Merendino met with the homeowner and working with company owner Don Clarke, designed a system for the customer.
Don and his crew installed ThermalDry® Wall Membrane on the basement walls. This unique membrane works as both an insulator and a vapour barrier. To drain water out of the basement, Don installed a full perimeter of our WaterGuard® Drain System. For added security, Delta MS Drainage Matting was installed along the exterior foundation walls.
The customer is ecstatic about the work done. He can’t believe how quickly our team was able to repair his home, and he had no issues renewing his insurance policy.
This Markham, ON home, was built over a stream, and over the years the house had begun to sink. The basement floor had already sunk seven inches. Thanks to innovative products such as Push Piers and Helical Piers we were able to completely rebuild the foundation of this customer's home.
As we grow older and move into our retirement years, we hope there are fewer worries and things to deal with.
A customer and his wife in Markham, Ontario, were enjoying their golden years together. They have a beautiful home they’ve lived in for a long time, but they were starting to worry about their failing window well. The husband was concerned water would seep into the basement, and the wife began to lose sleep.
System Design Specialist Ben Wallis met with the anxious couple and inspected the window. Ben quickly put their mind to ease by showing them our replacement solution and how we could excavate a new drain for them.
Company Owner & Foreman Don Clarke started by digging around the existing window well and removing it. He installed a new well that was aligned correctly and dug a new drain for the window. Lastly, we installed a high-quality lid to keep out animals and debris.
The couple is delighted with the work done by the Clarke Basement Systems team. They’re pleased that their basement is protected and have peace of mind knowing they fixed the issue before it became a bigger problem.
Over time it’s common for some things around a house to fail. Families build and install home improvements with hopes they’ll last forever, but normal wear and tear eventually take their toll.
A customer in Markham, Ontario, had an old galvanized window well at the side of their house. The frame started to pull away from the house due to repeated freezing and thawing over the years. Pests and debris were continually finding their way inside the well. It was only a matter of time before the drainpipe would fail, leaving the house susceptible to water overflowing into the basement.
System Design Specialist Ron Monk met with the homeowner and noticed how the window well had become rusted and damaged from every day rain and debris. Ron showed the customer our SunHouse™ Basement Window Enclosure – a bright, clean way to solve the problem and extend the life of the window frame.
Foreman and company owner Don Clarke removed the original window well and made sure the soil was stable. Once the area was ready, Don installed the new SunHouse™ Basement Window Enclosure. SunHouse™ window wells are an attractive and clean alternative to conventional window wells. The enclosed bottom and clear cover prevent weeds from growing and keeps rain, dirt and wildlife out. The bright-colour design reflects as much natural light as possible into the basement. Before completing the repair, Don checked the drainage system to make sure water would not overflow in the well.
The customer is very impressed with the professional work and service provided by the Clarke Basement Systems team. The SunHouse™ Window Well Enclosure improved his home’s appearance, and he doesn’t have to worry about the drain failing and flooding the basement.
A home in Markham, Ontario, had a small window well. The window well was not draining properly, causing water to collect and seep into the house through the window. The water was causing stains on the wall and floor, as well as creating a wet basement.
The homeowner called Clarke Basement Systems and talked to Rob Malcomson, who explained the solution. Don Clarke and the team installed the SunHouse™ window well in replace of the old window well. They are enclosed window wells with a cover to stop water from entering the well and the home. New drainage was installed to Weepers on the exterior of the house, ensuring any water entry will drain properly. The customer was happy that there is no water entering through the window and now has more light reflecting into the basement space.
A home in Markham, Ontario had water flooding in from through the window areas of the basement. The house had improperly installed and outdated window wells. Over time, the frost had lifted these window wells, allowing dirt underneath to clog the vertical drainage in the window well area. The homeowner wanted to ensure this problem met a solution to eliminate basement problems and guarantee window well improvements.
The customer called Clarke Basement Systems and Steve Mathews explained the options for a solution. Don and his crew used SunHouse™ window well enclosures to replace the old window wells. Our SunHouse™ Window Wells offer the depth required by the house, a solid bottom to prevent dirt from ever entering the well again and a large, clear, strong lid so leaves and debris would not fall in again.
The customer is satisfied that the only thing that will be entering these windows from now on will be the glorious sunshine.
Surrounding yourself with nature can be a great way to relax and connect with the great outdoors. Some of us like to live in a suburban area or city, while some people prefer the quiet life in the country. Both have their pros and cons but living in nature and braving the elements can take a toll on your house.
A customer in Woodbridge, Ontario, lives in a Conservation Area. These green spaces sometimes consist of wetlands, increasing the risk of water seepage. The homeowner was dealing with water in her basement, and her previous sump pump wasn’t working. Worried about mould and water damage, she reached out to Clarke Basement Systems.
System Design Specialist Ben Wallis met with the customer and inspected her home. She walked Ben through her problem and Ben designed a waterproofing system that will give the customer peace of mind and keep her basement dry.
Foreman Jose Martinez started by encapsulating the basement with ThermalDry® Wall Membrane. This provides insulation while also funnelling any water that seeps through the walls down to the newly installed WaterGuard® Drain System. To pump the water out of the basement, Jose installed two SuperSump® Pumps and two UltraSump® Battery Backups.
The water is expelled from the basement through our patented IceGuard® Discharge Line. Combining an IceGuard® Line and UltraSump® Battery Backup ensures water will continue to be properly removed year-round, regardless of the weather. Since water was entering the near one of the customer’s window wells, Foreman Don Clarke also installed a new Sunhouse® Deep Well Window. With mould as a possible issue, Ben designed the system to include a SaniDry® Dehumidifier to condition the air and lower the relative humidity.
The homeowner is ecstatic that her basement is finally dry. Her investment is protected, and she can enjoy the beautiful nature around her with peace of mind.
A house can be more than just a family home. They act as businesses, apartments and sometimes even specialized care facilities. No matter what the building is used for, it must remain safe and useable.
A customer in Richmond Hill, Ontario, operates a home for developmentally disabled adults. Safety is an essential aspect of keeping the facility running smoothly, but unfortunately, they were dealing with a water issue in the basement. This was threatening the home and its residents with the chance of mould growing in the basement, and their belongings were often found to be wet.
Looking for a solution before the winter began, the customer reached out to Clarke Basement Systems. He met with System Design Specialist Ben Wallis and they inspected the basement and cold room. Ben discovered water was seeping in from the wall and floor joint and designed a system to keep the basement totally dry.
Foreman Jose Martinez started by digging a pit for the SuperSump® Pump. When the pump is below the grade of the floor it catches water from the WaterGuard® Drain and drainage stone, pumping it out of the basement. Jose installed the SuperSump® with an UltraSump™ Battery Backup for extra peace of mind.
The customer and the home’s residents are happy that their basement and cold room is dry. The house is once again safe, and the residents can live without the worry of a flood in the basement.
An essential job of a house is to keep its residents safe. Whether it’s a stable roof, insulated windows, or a dry basement, every part of our home plays a role in its safety. When something is causing you to lose trust in your home, it’s time for a change.
A customer in Richmond Hill, Ontario, runs a home for developmentally disabled adults. He noticed water was entering his basement, and it was taking its toll. A musty smell was present, and the homeowner was concerned about the growth of mould. He reached out to Clarke Basement Systems in search of a solution.
System Design Specialist Ben Wallis knew exactly what to do in this situation. He inspected the home and designed a waterproofing solution to protect the customer's home and ensure the health of its residents.
Foreman Jose Martinez started by excavating the perimeter of the basement and cold room before installing our WaterGuard® Drain System. He encapsulated the area with CleanSpace® Vapour Barrier, which funnels water down to the WaterGuard®. He also installed a SuperSump® Pump and UltraSump® Battery Backup. Since exterior drainage was also an issue, Foreman Don Clarke installed a SunHouse® Shallow Well Window.
The customer is happy knowing he no longer has to worry about mould growing in his basement. His home is protected from the effects of moisture, and he has peace of mind knowing any water that does make it into the basement will be removed efficiently.
Extra storage is never a bad thing. It can be utilized or forgotten about, but people rarely complain about having too much space.
A couple in Ballantrae, Ontario, wanted to increase the usable storage space in their home. They have a good-sized cold room that sits below a wraparound porch, so they decided to make this unique room their new storage space. After a couple of months of use, though, they discovered their belongings were wet. Concerned about the risk of mould, they decided to contact Clarke Basement Systems.
System Design Specialist Dean Merendino travelled to the home and inspected the basement. He showed the couple our innovative Cold Room Encapsulation System, and they were thrilled to have a solution.
Foreman Don Clarke and his crew started by encapsulating the walls and ceiling. CleanSpace® Vapour Barrier was used for the walls, and a drainage panel was installed on the ceiling to collect leaking water. The customer chose to add BrightWall® Wall Panels, giving the space a finished look.
The happy homeowners now have an extra 200 ft² of usable space in their home. They can safely store their items, knowing they won’t find them mouldy and wet a few months later.
When cracks form in your home's foundation and drywall, you know something isn't right. You don't necessarily know what it is right away, but typically something is wrong with your home's foundation or footing.
A customer in Janetville, Ontario, reached out to Clarke Basement Systems after discovering step cracks in his foundation. He knew his foundation had shifted but was concerned about the longevity due to the cracking.
System Design Specialist Chris Luke met with the homeowner and inspected his home. He found that the house was suffering from a phenomenon called a frost heave. Garage foundations typically are built without a drainage system, and when water saturates the fill soils below and freezes, it expands and causes the garage to shift. This can put stress on the entire home, leading to the foundation cracks.
Foreman and company owner Don Clarke and his crew worked hard repairing the garage. The foundation's exterior was excavated before drainage panels were installed, along with drainage matting and foam panels. This will guide any water away from the foundation. We backfilled the area with drainage stone and graded the topsoil.
The customer is thrilled that his garage and home is repaired. He had no idea this phenomenon existed but is glad he chose a company that knows exactly what they're doing.
There are many ways water can get into a home’s basement. We’ve seen everything you can imagine and then some, but one of the most typical situations is water seeping through the foundation.
A customer in Keswick, Ontario, had recently moved into an older home. The house was originally a cottage and was renovated into a home, where she was looking forward to many years. She knew a water issue was present in the basement, but the failing foundation made the problems worse. She was even concerned about the home’s integrity and longevity.
The customer met with our System Design Specialist. He inspected the home and designed a system to eliminate any water and repair the foundation.
Foremen Jose Martinez and Don Clarke, along with Installation Specialist Trevor Bowman, stabilized the foundation with PowerBraces® and GeoLock® Wall Anchors before moving onto the waterproofing system. The basement was encapsulated with ThermalDry® Wall Membrane, and a WaterGuard® Drain System was installed around the perimeter. An IceGuard® Discharge Line was installed to keep water out of the basement even during freezing temperatures, and the entire system runs through a TripleSafe® Sump Pump System.
The customer is looking forward to many years of a safe, dry home, and she appreciates the work done by the Clarke Basement Systems team.
A home in Barrie, Ontario had water problems in the basement. There were cracks on the walls allowing water entry and an unreliable sump pump. The water was causing a wet carpet and staining on the baseboards, making the environment very unhealthy. They needed an upgrade to rid them of these problems.
The customer called Clarke Basement Systems, Rob Malcomson, the inspector, explained the job that we would do to the home. Don Clarke and the team came in and installed FlexiSpan® Crack Repair on all the interior and exterior cracks of the foundation. They established a SuperSump® Premier Sump Pump System to collect any water or moisture from the basement.
The customer had previously signed a contract with another company and felt pressured into it. They were not confident with other company and felt nervous about making the wrong decision. They kept the appointment with us and was very glad they did. The customer was very impressed and confident about their decision to have us do the needed corrections. We came to the rescue and customer was very pleased with the work done.
A homeowner wanted a new egress window installed in order to meet the building requirements for a basement apartment. Now the customer has larger windows that allow the sunlight into the basement for a brighter space.
Our patented SunHouse™ Basement Window Well Enclosure and a connecting vertical drainage pipe worked together to protect a Markham, ON home against unwanted water entering the basement.
Our patented SunHouse™ Window Well transformed the outside and the inside of this Markham, ON home. A window well that was previously bringing unwanted water into the home and didn't look so great is now effectively protecting against water and looks smart too!