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In one Toronto, ON home, water had penetrated the basement causing damage to personal items and basement finishing. Clarke Basement Systems provided and a solution to eliminate water from entering their home. A ThermalDry® Wall Membrane was installed to capture water from the walls and direct it to the interior drainage system and eventually back outside.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our customer had water seeping in through one side of their finished basement. The water had started to damage the carpet and baseboards. We installed WaterGuard® Sub-Floor Drain with a SuperSump® Premier Sump Pump System. An IceGuard® Discharge Line System was added to collect water from the ThermalDry® Wall Membrane and discharges the water into the sump pump system. A WellDuct® Window Well Drain was also installed to remove water from the window well and drain it into the WaterGuard® system.
Who doesn’t love living by the lake? The water is a short walk away, you have a fantastic view to take in at any time, and typically the home’s in these areas are more valuable. There are very few drawbacks to life on the water, but those drawbacks can sometimes cause serious home issues.
A customer in Keswick, Ontario, has an old home that was initially a cottage. She was only a block from the lake, but over the years, her foundation has shifted and started to buckle. Water was coming in every time it rained, and she grew anxious about the safety of her house.
Our System Design Specialist met with the homeowner and inspected the house. He designed a system that would fix both her foundation and water issues, and a date was set for the repair.
Foremen Don Clarke and Jose Martinez, with the help of Installation Specialist Trevor Bowman, repaired the foundation using our PowerBraces® and GeoLock® Wall Anchors. Once the foundation was stabilized, we encapsulated the walls with ThermalDry® Wall Membrane and installed a WaterGuard® Drain System. The new system was connected to a TripleSafe® Sump Pump with an UltraSump® Battery Backup, and the water was discharged through an IceGuard® Line.
The customer is happy to finally trust her home. She’s looking forward to many happy years there and thanks the entire Clarke Basement Systems team for their hard work.
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.
Many variables affect the temperature of your home. Most of these are out of your control thanks to Mother Nature, but poor insulation can also lead to chilly temperatures.
A customer in Wasaga Beach, Ontario, noticed his floors were far too cold during the winter. Cold feet led them to think something was wrong with their crawl space, so he decided to call Clarke Basement Systems.
System Design Specialist Rob Malcomson met with the homeowner and inspected the crawl space. During the inspection, the customer made it clear that extra storage space was just as important as warm feet. Rob designed a system to give them both a dry, useable crawl space and a warm main floor.
Foreman Jose Martinez and his crew, Installation Specialists Trevor Bowman and Jaron Marcotte, started by removing the debris and rubble from the crawl space. From there, the entire space was encapsulated with CleanSpace® Vapour Barrier. This provides an air-tight seal to keep moisture out of the space. We installed ThermalDry® Wall Membrane with an R20 insulation rating around the upper portion of the crawl space to help retain heat. Lastly, an Aprilaire® Dehumidifier was installed to condition the air and keep the relative humidity below 55%.
The customers are thrilled with their dry crawl space. They don’t need to wear slippers around the house anymore, and they’ve been saving money on their energy bills ever since our repair.
A crawl space is only as good as it is dry. If it's constantly flooded or damp, it makes the space unusable and leaves you with a wet cavern beneath your home that no one wants to go in.
In Midland, Ontario, a customer reached out after living in their home for less than two months. They had never gone down into the basement and crawl space due to the high moisture level and "creepy" vibe the customer described. The basement had a crawl space addition, and both areas needed waterproofing.
The customer reached out to Clarke Basement Systems and met with System Design Specialist Robert Langton. Robert inspected the space and recommended a complete encapsulation and drain system.
Foreman Jose Martinez and his crew, Installation Specialists Trevor Bowman and Dustin Biggs, started by installing our WaterGuard® Drain System around both spaces' entire perimeter. This drain was run to a SmartDrain® to help the water disperse back into the ground supply, and the walls were encapsulated with CleanSpace® Vapour Barrier, sealing out moisture. Lastly, an Aprilaire® Dehumidifier was installed to keep the relative humidity below a healthy 55%.
The customer can't believe how much better her home's lower level looks and feels when she walks in. She's glad she chose Clarke Basement Systems and appreciates the hard work from the entire team.
Coming home to find a nasty smell seeping through your home makes your heart drop. You have no idea what’s causing it, but the theories start to race through your head while you fumble looking for a contractor’s phone number.
A customer in Mono, Ontario, had a small crawl space with a big problem. The three ft.-high room had an odor seeping up into the rest of the home, and the customer wanted to use the area for storage.
System Design Specialist Ben Wallis met with the customer and inspected the crawl space. Ben recommended our Crawl Space Encapsulation System, and the customer booked a date for the installation.
Foreman Jose Martinez and Installation Specialist Trevor Bowman started by laying down Drainage Matting to prevent water pooling on the dirt floor. We encapsulated the space with CleanSpace® Vapour Barrier to seal out moisture, and the upper portion of the walls was encapsulated with ThermalDry® Wall Membrane, adding R20 rated insulation. Lastly, we installed a TripleSafe® Sump Pump with an UltraSump® Battery Backup to keep water out of the crawl space, even during a power outage.
The customer is blown away by the change throughout his home. His crawl space is dry and bright, and the rest of his house is protected.