Jose started with Clarke Basement Systems as an Installation Specialist in 2005. Jose has taken the time and put in the effort to fully and comprehensively understand the science behind what we do and why we do it. He has held the title of Installation Foreman for a number of years and still finds every day to be more exciting than the last. Jose loves that at the end of the day he can go home knowing that he has helped someone to solve their issue and that the system he installs will keep their home dry forever!
At first glance, the basement in the before picture looks similar to any other basement with tons of random things stored there, but once we were able to inspect the walls, we noticed a crack from one window to the other. It is easier to see in the after picture.
To stop the foundation wall from bowing in, Clarke Basement Systems installed CarbonArmor® Reinforcing System, which is the same material to reinforce bridges, skyscrapers and bomb shelters. With our CarbonArmor installed, this Burlington homeowner can now rest easy, knowing that the best systems available are supporting his once bowing, basement wall
Our customer in Toronto, Ontario, had an issue with the current condition of their basement window well. They were not happy as it was visually unappealing. They had a custom well that had a plastic cover over the top that was not fitting correctly.
After meeting with Ron Monk, System Design Specialist, our customer had a chance to look over some options. They chose to install a SunWell Enclosure. This product is a polycarbonate enclosure that will not rust, rot, or corrode. The white colour and shape of the system will reflect the heat and allow more natural light to enter into the basement. A safety gate is fitted to the well and protects against falling into the well as well as keeping the well clean from any debris.
Making a large purchase and not getting what you paid for is stressful and frustrating. Nobody likes to be ripped off or lied to, but it happens far more often than it should.
A customer in Toronto, Ontario, bought a home with the intent of renting the basement. The basement was newly finished, but soon after moving in, he discovered water was soaking the walls and floor.
The homeowner reached out to Clarke Basement Systems and was understandably frustrated with the situation. He wanted to start generating a rental income as soon as possible and didn’t know how to repair his home.
System Design Specialist Ron Monk met with the homeowner and put some of his concerns to rest. Ron designed a full waterproofing system installed by Foreman Jose Martinez and Installation Specialist Trevor Bowman.
The team encapsulated the walls with ThermalDry® Wall Membrane and installed a WaterGuard® Drain System. These two products work together by guiding water to the new SuperSump® Sump Pump, where it’s expelled from the basement. A TrenchDrain® was used to collect any surface water near the stairs, and an IceGuard® Discharge Line was installed to keep water flowing regardless and any freezing in the line.
With his basement dry, the customer is looking forward to generating a rental income. He appreciates the work done by our team and is looking forward to many years as a landlord.
The homeowner was having water seepage and humidity issues in their basement, making them incapable of renovating the space.
By doing so, this will permanently waterproof and control any humidity in the basement and will allow the homeowner to renovate the home.
Now, the homeowner is pleased to be able to renovate and no longer have any flooding or humidity issues.
This crawlspace in Toronto was dirty, musty and affected the rest of the house until Clarke Basement System's professional installation team transformed it into a clean and healthy space.
A home in Toronto, Ontario had a tight space to work with when waterproofing. This is a standard issue to deal with when dealing with a home basement. We installed SuperSump® Premier Sump Pump System under the staircase as well as IceGuard® Discharge Line System on the exterior and a WaterGuard® Below-Floor Drain around the perimeter to keep water away from the basement. Lastly, we installed ThermalDry® Wall Insulation to prevent moisture and cold air from entering and retain heat. The customer can now confidently restore their basement to a healthy, dry and usable space!
A leaky basement that was being affected by groundwater entering from various points has now transformed into a dry, healthy space thanks to several systems put into place by Clarke Basement Systems.
These systems work together to capture water and drain it into the Sump system, while protecting the walls, reducing humidity and preventing heat loss.
Thanks to Clarke Basement Systems, this Toronto, ON home, no longer has to worry about any unwanted basement water entry!
Our customer in Etobicoke, Ontario, had an issue with the previously-built rear addition before they owned the home. Water had started seeping in through the walls and concrete floor which was damaging materials used to finish their basement and affecting personal items. They were concerned that mould might begin to grow behind the finished walls.
After our customer spoke with Claude Mathieu, System Design Specialist, they agreed on a waterproofing solution plan. They started by removing the entire concrete floor to release the water pressure underneath. Jose, Lucio, Ali, and the crew installed:
SuperSump® Sump Pump System
WaterGuard® Drainage System
ThermalDry® Wall Membrane
IceGuard® Drainage Pipe
Finding space in our homes can be tricky. We always think we have more room than we do, but when we go to use the extra space, we learn it isn’t always there. But what’s even worse is when you find the space you’re using has become soaking wet due to water seepage.
A customer in Toronto, Ontario, has a beautiful old home that was built in 1946. He uses his garage as a storage area but recently discovered his stored belongings were wet. He couldn’t figure out where the water was coming in but was becoming more and more frustrated with the situation. Looking for a fix, he reached out to Clarke Basement Systems.
System Design Specialist Ron Monk travelled to the customer’s home and inspected his garage. He discovered water was coming in behind the drywall through the walls and floor joints. Ron designed a system to completely waterproof the garage and put the customer’s mind at ease.
Foreman Jose Martinez and Installation Specialist Trevor Bowman started by installing a full perimeter of WaterGuard® throughout the garage. WaterGuard® is less disruptive than other drains and doesn’t clog with mud and other debris. Basement To Beautiful™ panels were installed on the walls of the garage, providing insulation and sending water down to the drain. Basement To Beautiful™ walls also come predrilled with wire ways and come with integrated studs.
The customer is delighted that his garage is dry. He can store his belongings again without worrying, and his garage is ready to be finished.
A home in Toronto, Ontario, had groundwater seepage located in the split basement. The water was coming through cracks in the foundation wall. They recently renovated the basement, and there was damage to the walls and flooring previously installed. There was a concern for mould and that the homeowner was losing living space and with a small child, they were concerned about the health effects.
The customer called Clarke Basement Systems and spoke to Ron Monk who explained exactly what would need to be done to waterproof the home. Jose Martinez and the team came in and installed a Waterguard around the full perimeter of the walls to capture water and ensure the whole basement stays dry. Water is directed to the TripleSafe™ Sump System to ensure it ejects from the home and the basement remains dry all the time. WaterGuard® ports allow for inspection and service of the system if necessary. The ThermalDry® Wall membrane was installed to create a vapour barrier that protects the finished walls installed in front of it and help to reduce relative humidity. The IceGuard® was introduced to ensure that the basement doesn’t flood if the discharge line becomes blocked or frozen. This waterproofing system provides the customer with a dry basement allowing for the refinishing of the basement. They can reclaim the living space and have a dry basement for their child. A dry, healthy basement translates into a healthy home.
A home in Toronto, Ontario had a basement that was very damp and leaked in several locations when it rained. The basement is large, and they would see water coming up through the ceramic tile joints. The issue was hydrostatic water pressure from below the house, as well as moisture penetration through the foundation walls. This unwanted water entry was a result of a failure of a proper external waterproofing system when building the home. The basement was finished, and they wanted to have space with no water leaking in causing mould and damage.
The customer no longer wanted to deal with a smelly basement and damaged items, so they called Clarke Basement Systems. Jose Martinez and the team installed a WaterGuard® around the perimeter of the basement to capture groundwater. A ThermalDry® Wall membrane was used to direct moisture from foundation walls and direct it to the WaterGuard. A SuperSump® Premier sump pump with UltraSump® Battery Back-up in case of a power failure was installed to collect water and discharge it outside through our IceGuard® Discharge Line System. This system ensures that any ground water penetrating the basement is captured and pumped away from foundation. The customer is happy knowing they can finish the basement and use the space with no worry about water damage.
When dealing with a stressful situation, lightening the mood can be helpful. Sometimes we make fun of the situation we're in, or we give something a quirky name.
A couple in Cookstown, Ontario, was dealing with a water seepage issue below their front window. The water was preventing them from utilizing their basement, and they had started referring to it as the "exterior fishbowl." They dreamed of finishing their basement but wanted to get rid of the fishbowl first.
They decided to reach out to Clarke Basement Systems. System Design Specialist Chris Luke met the couple at their home and inspected the space. He designed a system to keep their basement dry and give them the means to finish the room with confidence.
Foreman Jose Martinez dug a trench around the basement's perimeter and installed our WaterGuard® Drain System. The customers already had a sump system in place, so Jose connected the drain to the system. The basement encapsulated with CleanSpace® to stop moisture at the walls, and a WellDuct® was installed beneath the window.
The homeowners can't wait to finish their basement finally. They're happy with the work done by our team and no longer have an exterior fishbowl.
When dealing with water seepage in your basement, your first thought likely doesn’t go to your window well. It’s not always the culprit for basement leaks, but it happens more often than you think.
A customer in Toronto, Ontario, reached out to Clarke Basement Systems after his basement started to flood with water. The carpet was soaked, and he was afraid of mould, so he gave us a call.
When System Design Specialist Ron Monk inspected the home, he discovered that water was entering through the window well drain. The drain had failed over the years, leading to the leak. The customer wanted the issue taken care of, and a date was booked for the repair.
Foreman and owner Don Clarke removed the old metal window wells and checked below for any soil washouts. He installed two new SunHouse® Window Wells, which keep out debris to prevent the drain from clogging.
The customer is pleased that his basement is protected. He doesn’t need to worry about when the next flood will be, and his home’s exterior looks nicer than ever.
This crawlspace was encapsulated with our Cleanspace® Vapour Barrier to keep cold air out, as well as musty smells.
A home in Bowmanville, Ontario, had water seeping into the basement walls when it rained and when the snow melted. The Basement was musty, and the floor was wet. The homeowner used the space to store items and did not want them to get damaged with the water and moisture.
The customer called Clarke Basement Systems, and Chris Luke explained the job our team would do to fix the basement. Jose Martinez and the team came in and installed WaterGuard® Below-Floor Drain and CleanSpace® wall membrane. The WaterGuard® was Installed around the perimeter of the basement to collect seepage, and the wall membrane was installed to direct water into the drainage system.
There was minimal space behind the water heater and furnace, but our team successfully installed the waterproofing system. This system keeps the floor dry, allowing the customer to store their items in a dry basement.
A home in Oshawa, Ontario had a wet basement that was causing odours in the upstairs space of the house. The homeowner could not store any personal items in the basement because all of them would get damaged. They wanted to get rid of the mouldy, smelly, wet area to allow for storage and resale in the future.
The customer called Clarke Basement Systems and spoke to Steve Matthews, who explained the solution that would be done to fix the home. Jose Martinez and the team came in and installed CleanSpace® Vapour Barrier, WaterGuard® Below-Floor Drain, and a TripleSafe™ sump pump. The CleanSpace® directs any water and moisture into the installed WaterGuard®, that then directs any excess water into the TripleSafe™ sump pump and is then directed away from the home.
The customer was satisfied with the solution because the space is now dry and healthy. There is no longer any smell, and they feel confident storing items in the newly waterproofed area.
No one wants to walk into their basement and find water pooling in the corner, but unfortunately, it's a reality for some people.
A customer in Oshawa, Ontario, was getting fed up with the water in his basement. Each time it rained, or there was a heavy thaw, he knew he would likely find a pool in his basement. The water was leaking in from one corner, so he decided to call Clarke Basement Systems.
System Design Specialist Chris Luke met with the homeowner and inspected the basement. Chris determined that water was seeping up through the floor/wall joint and recommended our SuperSump® with a new discharge.
Foreman Lucio Flores started by digging a pit for the sump pump. Our SuperSump® Pump was installed below the floor of the grade to collect water. From there, water is pumped out of the home through an IceGuard® Discharge Line. This unique system comes with a built-in overflow to prevent any backups caused by freezing in the line.
The client is happy to finally have some peace of mind. His basement is dry, and he doesn't need to worry every time the rain starts to fall.
Grandparents adore their grandchildren and love spending time with them. But when something comes in the way of that, it can be pretty upsetting. A couple in Brampton, Ontario were excited to have their son, his wife and grandchild move in with them in their basement. They were busy renovating, but discovered water was entering the space through the bedroom. With the big move coming up, they were concerned they wouldn’t have the renovation done in time.
The nervous grandparents contacted Clarke Basement Systems looking for a solution for their problem. System Design Specialist Alex Barnik visited the home hoping to ease their worries and develop a solution. With a plan that would waterproof the basement for good, Foreman Jose Martinez and his crew got started with the goal of finishing in time for the move. His team installed a SuperSump® pump to discharge any water and encapsulated the room with CleanSpace® Vapour Barrier. The team installed a WaterGuard® Drainage System, and for extra protection an IceGuard® Discharge Line. We were able to finish the job in time for the move, and the basement living space is now dry and occupied. A big happy family!
A home in Thornhill, Ontario, had a basement apartment that was constantly leaking. Other companies had tried to fix the problem, but they couldn’t solve the problem. The basement was large, and there were many areas where water was seeping. The basement was a living space that generates revenue for the homeowner, and the space was un-liveable. The tenant moved out due to the problem.
The customer contacted Clarke Basement Systems to find a solution. Jose Martinez and the team came in and installed a full perimeter of WaterGuard® Below-Floor drainage system, ThermalDry® wall membrane, a TripleSafe™ Complete sump pump System and Window Well Ducts to take care of the problem. The Sump Pump was put into a small area in the basement to make sure it was out of the way. With the collaboration of all these waterproofing products, the basement is permanently dry. The job was done correctly, efficiently and the customer can now re-finish the basement.
A home in Markham, Ontario, had water seeping up from the floor and wall and the block foundation wall was full of water. This unwanted water was a problem because the prospective home buyers were not interested in buying a home with a leaking basement.
The homeowner needed to sell the home to move away for a job. She called Clarke Basement Systems and spoke to Ben Wallis, who told her everything that would be done to fix the basement. Jose Martinez and the team installed WaterGuard® Below-Floor Drain around the perimeter of the basement, ThermalDry® wall membrane on the walls and a SuperSump® Premier Sump Pump System. Block wall voids were purged, so the wall did not retain water anymore. The ThermalDry® wall membrane directs any moisture into the WaterGuard®, and it then into the SuperSump®. The customer was satisfied because she was now able to obtain a home inspection report indicating the problem found a solution with a fully-transferable warranty.
A customer living in a 1970's block foundation home noticed unwanted water and mould in his finished basement. Clarke Basement Systems removed the last few feet of drywall and installed the WaterGuard® Below-Floor Drain along the bottom of one wall and put up ThermalDry® Wall Vapour Barrier to provide a controlled drainage route for any water. This Markham, ON basement, is now transformed!
Livable space versus storage space is something we all do our best to juggle with. We could always use more of each, but finding the right balance is crucial.
A customer in Markham, Ontario, had plans to finish his basement but had a water seepage issue to tackle first. He wanted to ensure their investment would be protected, so they decided to reach out to Clarke Basement Systems before the renovation.
System Design Specialist Ron Monk travelled to the home and met with the customer. The homeowner walked Ron through the problems they were having, and Ron designed a system to suit their needs.
Foreman Jose Martinez and his crew, Installation Specialists Trevor Bowman and Jaron Marcotte, worked hard installing the waterproofing system. The team dug a trench around the perimeter and installed our WaterGuard Drain System to catch any seeping water. To encapsulate the walls, Basement to Beautiful panels were used. This makes it easy to install drywall when the homeowner decides to finish the basement.
The customer is happy he chose Clarke Basement Systems to waterproof his basement. He can finally go ahead with his renovation and do so knowing his investment is protected.
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 home in Unionville, Ontario, had a problem located in the cold cellar beneath the front porch. Water was seeping in through a crack in the front porch slab, and the slab was not stable. This was a problem because the house smelled very musty due to the leakage, and nobody could stand on the front porch because it was unstable. The home was a daycare facility and children are coming in and out of it every weekday. The health and safety of the children was at stake.
The owner contacted Clarke Basement Systems for a solution. Jose Martinez and the crew came in and installed CleanSpace® wall membrane on the walls to capture any water and moisture. They established a WaterGuard® to collect any water seepage and push it away from the home, and SmartJacks™ were used to make the repairs and stabilize the porch slab.
Homeowners in Unionville, ON, were having water seepage issues in their cold room. Water was leaking from the walls and ceiling. System Design Specialist, Ron Monk, concluded that our patented Crawlspace Encapsulation System would be the exact solution to permanently waterproof their cold room. By using CleanSpace®, WaterGuard® and a SmartSump®, we were able to fix their cold room for good! Now, the homeowners no longer have to worry about any future water entering their cold room.
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.