Dave started with Clarke Basement Systems in 2004 as an Installation Specialist. Prior to joining our team, he had his own carpet and flooring business which he continued to do on the side for a year or so. Since starting at Clarke Basement Systems, Dave has expanded his knowledge in home renovations, structural foundation solutions and, of course, basement waterproofing. Dave holds the title of Installation Foreman and has for many years. Dave is currently working primarily on the structural repair side of our company, Foundation Supportworks™ of Ontario, helping homeowners stabilize their houses. He is also involved with commercial projects, new construction sites and stabilizing existing buildings. Dave loves the day-to-day challenges of his job but most of all he loves making customers happy.
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This homeowner had a wet basement every spring and was tired of the water. We installed a SuperSump® Premier Sump Pump System in the basement.
Peace of mind is something we all strive for in our homes. When you travel for work and frequently leave your home vacant, peace of mind becomes that much more important.
A customer in North York, Ontario, had been living in his home for almost eight years. He had never given much thought to his sump pump, but over the last couple of years, it had been making some unusual noises. The homeowner was away from home for work every month, so the last thing he wanted was to come back to a flooded basement.
He reached out to Clarke Basement Systems and met with System Design Specialist Chris Tunney. Chris inspected his basement and recommended our TripleSafe® Sump Pump System. The customer was relieved to hear this system came with three backup pumps, and he booked a date for the installation.
Foreman Dave Jackson started by removing the old sump pump. He installed our SuperSump® Pump, made up of two motors, into the pit. Next, Dave set up the UltraSump® Battery Backup pump, which runs even in a power outage. To complete the repair, Dave poured fresh concrete around the top of the sump liner to relevel the floor.
The customer is happy to finally have some peace of mind when he leaves for work. He’s happy he chose Clarke Basement Systems and appreciates the work done by the entire team.
Crawl spaces are a great asset for a home to have. Some houses have them instead of basements, while others come equipped with both. They’re great for storage, but sometimes the nature of how they’re built can cause a few problems.
A customer in Toronto, Ontario, was looking to renovate his basement, but wanted to deal with his crawlspace first. The small space couldn’t be used for storage due to moisture and the floor above was constantly cold. Concerned about mould growth and humidity, the customer reached out to Clarke Basement Systems.
System Design Specialist Ron Monk met with the customer and designed a solution to eliminate the moisture and insulate the floors above.
Foreman Dave Jackson and Installation Specialists Alan Murphy and Bryan Richards started by laying down drainage matting on the dirt floor, giving water an easy way out. To keep the space dry, Dave and his team encapsulated the entire space with CleanSpace® Vapour Barrier and installed a MoistureLoc® Dehumidifer to keep the relative humidity around 50%. Lastly, SilverGlo® Insulation was placed on the walls to insulate the room and allow for walls to be built directly on top.
The customer is extremely thankful for the work done. He can start using his crawlspace for storage, giving him the room to start his basement renovation.
When you have no plans of leaving your current home, you want it to be as comfortable as possible. This can mean new floors or a bathroom renovation, or it could be something as important as waterproofing a basement.
In Toronto, Ontario, a customer reached out to Clarke Basement Systems after dealing with groundwater seepage around their early 1900s home perimeter. They had to remove a section of drywall every so often due to mould and water damage, and they were ready to redo the entire basement.
System Design Specialist Ron Monk met with the homeowner and completed a thorough inspection of the building and property. Ron determined the water was coming in through the floor/wall joint and seeping down the foundation, and he designed a solution to keep the entire space dry.
Foreman Dave Jackson and his crew, Installation Specialist Alan Murphy and Bryan Richards, started by installing a full perimeter of our WaterGuard® Drain System. This sub-floor drain catches seeping water and carries it to the brand-new SuperSump® Sump Pump, where it’s expelled from the home. To add insulation and a moisture barrier, the walls were encapsulated with ThermalDry® Wall Membrane. Lastly, an IceGuard® Discharge Line was installed to remove water and prevent any backups due to freezing.
The customer and his wife are happy they decided to reach out to Clarke Basement Systems, and they can’t wait to refinish their basement.
A finished basement is a goal of every homeowner. It offers an extra floor for storage, activities and more, and significantly increases your home’s value.
A customer in Toronto, Ontario, was getting ready to finish her basement. She had previously brought us into waterproof her basement, but now she wanted us to encapsulate her dirt-floor crawl space.
System Design Specialist Ron Monk met with the homeowner and designed a system to ensure her crawl space stays dry. Foreman Dave Jackson encapsulated the entire crawl space with CleanSpace® Vapour Barrier and laid down Drainage Matting over the dirt floor. The vapour barrier and matting allows water to drain into a SmartDrain®, making it disperse back into the ground. To help with the home’s heating, Dave installed SilverGlo® Insulation along the walls. Lastly, an Aprilaire® MoistureLoc Dehumidifier was installed to keep the relative humidity below 55%.
The customer is excited to continue with her basement renovation. Her home is protected, and her worries of moisture seepage from the crawl space have been put to bed.
A home in Etobicoke, Ontario, had water leaking into the basement from the ground and walls. The flooring and baseboards were damaged, and personal items were getting wet.
The customer called Clarke Basement Systems, and Claude Mathieu explained everything the crew would do. Dave Jackson and the team installed ThermalDry® Wall membrane to capture water that may seep through and direct it into the newly installed WaterGuard® Below-Floor Drain, which provides a drainage route into the TripleSafe™ sump system.
The customer satisfied knowing that the basement is waterproofed and healthy!
The perfect solution for a leaky basement in Toronto, ON! Here we have our patented FlexiSpan® Crack Repair System at work! This system is a three-part process which includes flexible sealant, flexible and porous foam as well as an impermeable membrane. All parts of this process completely seal the crack to ensure there is no chance of any water coming in.
Nothing is worse than going into your basement to retrieve something, only to find all of your belongings soaking wet. It’s an unfortunate situation that can be quite costly or destroy an important family heirloom.
A customer in Toronto, Ontario, reached out to Clarke Basement Systems after he discovered that not only were his belongings wet, but there was potential for mould problems too.
System Design Specialist Ben Wallis met with the customer and designed a waterproofing solution that would save their basement and protect their belongings. Foreman Dave Jackson and his crew installed a WaterGuard® Drain System to catch and drain groundwater seeping into the basement. To encapsulate and insulate the space, we used ThermalDry™ Wall Membrane. Catching the water is one thing, but to remove the water, a SuperSump® Sump Pump and IceGuard® Discharge Line were installed. Lastly, since mould was threatening the structure, an Aprilaire® MoistureLoc Dehumidifier was installed to keep the relative humidity below 55%.
The customer is thrilled that they can finally use their basement again and no longer have to worry about their belongings being ruined. Their home is protected, and mould doesn’t stand a chance!
Finishing a basement is expensive. When you're finally ready to get it done, you want to make sure you do it right, and the last thing you need is to have issues down the road.
A customer in Bowmanville, Ontario, decided to call Clarke Basement Systems before finishing her basement. She had water entering at two different spots in the basement, and she wanted to protect her new investment.
System Design Specialist Ryan Hanlon met with the customer and inspected the home. He designed a solution to permanently waterproof the space and the customer eagerly booked a date for the installation.
Foreman Dave Jackson and his crew, Installation Specialists Alan Murphy and Bryan Richards, started by installing our patented WaterGuard® Drain System around the basement's perimeter, collecting water seeping down the walls and through the floor/wall joint. Next, a SuperSump® was installed to carry water away at a rate of 2,600 gallons per hour. Lastly, we encapsulated the walls with R20 rated ThermalDry® Insulating Wall Membrane.
The customer is blown away by how clean the space looks and is thrilled to have a permanent solution. She can't wait to waterproof her basement with peace of mind!
We wanted to make our clients happy about their new home again! They had leaking and condensation in their basement, but finally had enough and wanted their basement fully waterproofed. By using WaterGuard® and ThermalDry Wall, we were able to repair, insulate, and control the water leaking into their home.
Watching your hard work go to waste is a hard situation to deal with. You put your time, effort and money into something, and circumstances out of your control come and take it away. It’s frustrating, but luckily, there’s usually something you can do to prevent it from happening again.
A family from Oshawa, Ontario, reached out to Clarke Basement Systems after discovering water in their basement. The space was finished, but water had damaged the floor and lower sections of the walls beyond repair. They were ready to refinish the basement but didn’t want their money to go to waste.
System Design Specialist Chris Luke travelled to their home and inspected the house. He found where the water was coming in and designed a unique system for the homeowners.
Foreman Dave Jackson and his crew, Installation Specialists Bryan Richards and Alan Murphy, worked hard installing the system. Since water was entering through the floor/wall joint, they installed our WaterGuard® Drain System around the perimeter. The walls were encapsulated with ThermalDry® Wall Membrane to prevent moisture seepage and insulate the space. Our system centres around the sump pump, so the customer chose our patented SuperSump® pump. Keeping their basement dry was the top priority before redoing their basement, which made it easy for the family to add an IceGuard® Discharge Line to prevent any backups from freezing.
The family is ecstatic that the basement is finally dry. They were concerned they’d be dealing with water forever, but are now looking forward to redoing the basement and gaining the space back.
A beautiful waterproofing job using our patented CleanSpace® Vapour Barrier completed in Whitby, ON, leaves the homeowner ecstatic!
Homeowners in Whitby, ON, were devastated when water was seeping in through their floor wall joint, damaging their home. Once they decided to fix the flooding issues, they called Clarke Basement Systems for their free estimate.
System Design Specialist, Chris Luke, inspected the home and recommended that our WaterGuard® Below-Floor French Drain System, SuperSump™ Sump Pump, and IceGuard® Sump Pump Discharge Line System would be the perfect products to completely waterproof the basement and prevent any future water damage from occurring.
When the plan was in place, Installation Foreman, Dave Jackson and his crew got to work. They installed the WaterGuard®, SuperSump™ and IceGuard® quickly and efficiently.
Now the homeowners are thrilled with the results and happy to get back to renovating their basement.
Homeownership and maintenance go hand in hand. There is always something that needs to be done around the house, but sometimes issues can go from support to a full-on repair.
A customer in Markham, Ontario, was having an issue with water seeping into their basement. Their basement was mostly useless with the amount of water coming in, and their stored belongings were always soaked. They decided to reach out to Clarke Basement Systems after a recommendation from a neighbour.
System Design Specialist Ben Wallis travelled to the customer’s home and inspected the house. Ben designed a system to keep the basement dry, and a date was set for the repair.
Foreman Dave Jackson and his crew encapsulated the walls using ThermalDry® Wall Membrane before installing a WaterGuard® Drain System. Together these products capture and drain water from the walls and floor and guide it to a SuperSump® Sump Pump.
A dry basement means a happy homeowner for this Markham customer. He’s thrilled with the work done and is glad he decided to call Clarke Basement Systems.
A home in Udora, Ontario had water coming in from the perimeter of the basement. This water came from a previous failed exterior foundation waterproofing job. There was water seeping in from floor wall joint. There were obstacles we needed to work around, remove and relocate.so that the homeowner would have a fully waterproofed basement and they could renovate. The customer called Clarke Basement Systems to fix the problem. We installed a full perimeter Waterguard® Below-Floor Drain, a SuperSump® Premier Sump Pump System that would collect any access water. It would then push it out through the Iceguard® Discharge Line System which is functional in cold temperatures. Lastly, we installed a ThermalDry® wall system to keep any moisture away from the basement. This fix solved the floor wall joint seepage problem with a Lifetime warranty of 25 years. The customer is happy knowing they can finish their basement and not worry about water damage.
A home in Markham, Ontario, had a large 32-foot-wide cold room that no longer could be used for storage due to groundwater seeping. Further inspection found the water had travelled beyond the cold room and into their carpeted recreation room that was open to the upper levels of their home. The homeowner feared their finished basement space would be damaged and needed the peace of mind their basement would be dry while they were away from home for extended periods.
The customer was pleased with a previous work we completed years prior and knew they could trust Clarke Basement Systems to fix their wet basement issues. They spoke to our sales rep; Colin Clayden who explained everything to them in detail and came up with the best solution for their wet basement. Dave Jackson and the team came in and installed a WaterGuard® Below-Floor Drain around the perimeter of the cold room to capture water entering from the footing a floor/wall joint. They put CleanSpace® anti-microbial wall membrane to capture water and create a vapour barrier between the basement and damp basement walls. The basement no longer has a musty, mouldy smell to there basement and will be protected from any water leakage.
A customer in Stouffville, Ontario, contacted us regarding water leaking through the original foundation of their home. During heavy rain falls, the basement area would become flooded. Dave, a Foreman, and his crew installed a WaterGuard® Below-Floor Drainage System that was placed along the perimeter of the basement and collected water draining from the ThermalDry® Wall Membrane. The water is directed to the SuperSump® Premier Sump Pump System. These systems work together to prevent water from entering the house and redirects the water back outside.
A customer in Stouffville, Ontario, had an issue about the original foundation of their century home. The original foundation had been letting in a lot of water which was damaging their belongings. During heavy rainfalls, the area would flood creating a musty smell. A ThermalDry® Wall Membrane was placed on top of the original foundation to collect moisture and water. It drained the water into the WaterGuard® Drainage System. Our customers were thrilled to have kept the original foundation of their home intact which made their basement dry and useful again.
In this Claremont, ON home one problem we faced was due to the water tank being so close to the foundation wall that we could not extend our WaterGuard® Below-Floor Drainage System. A perfect solution for this situation was to install our TrenchDrain™ Grated Basement Drain to collect water and direct it into the interior drainage system.
Before, this basement had water leaking through the floor-wall joints. Then, we installed our CleanSpace® Vapor Barrier over the foundation wall to completely cover and protect against water seepage. It directs water into the interior drainage and sump system.
Who doesn’t love a finished basement? It adds a whole new floor to your home, increases its value, and let’s face it; they’re just really nice to have. A customer in Stouffville, Ontario, was planning on refinishing their basement, but water seepage and an old window well put those plans on hold.
The homeowner was getting water in the basement through the wall/floor joint and old form ties. The first step of their reno was to add an egress window to make the basement a livable space, but their old window well didn’t drain properly. This caused a buildup of water, adding even more fuel to the basement flooding. Anxious to renovate and keep their belongings dry, the customer contacted us for a quote.
System Design Specialist Chris Luke met with the customer and addressed their concerns. After working with the homeowner to develop a plan that fit their needs, Foreman Dave Jackson worked hard to install the waterproofing system. We used a WaterGuard® Drain System to catch any water that entered, which was drained outside through an IceGuard® Discharge Line, thanks to the new TwinPump® Sump System.
To keep the walls of the basement dry and insulated, Chris included ThermalDry™ as part of the waterproofing system. ThermalDry™ is an insulator and vapour barrier all in one. Since one of the leading causes of water buildup was the window well, Dave installed a brand-new window well over the egress window. This prevents an overflow of water and keeps the egress window safe.
With their basement finally safe and dry, the homeowner can continue with their planned renovation. They have the peace of mind knowing that the added value from the basement won’t be ruined by water damage, and our warranty gives them added protection for years to come!
This basements back wall had water seeping in through the foundation, leaving pools of water on the floor. The customer wanted to finish their basement, so they needed to get rid of the water! Upon inspection of the area, we discovered that water was only seeping through one area of the basement. Our waterproofing solution has permanently stopped the water from coming in, and now the homeowner can finish his basement.
This home in Aurora, Ontario, had been experiencing a water seepage issue. Our customer was looking to sell the house and need a permanent waterproofing solution. Our WaterGuard® Below-Floor Drainage System and CleanSpace® Vapor Barrier were installed to collect the groundwater internally and direct it into the sump system. Our customer is now able to resell the home, and our transferable warranty covers new homeowners.
A homeowner in Aurora, Ontario, had a full perimeter of sub-floor seepage of groundwater due to a failing footing drain. The scope of work was discussed with the customer for both interior and exterior work. The customer wanted to make sure the work that was being done would be permanent and allow them to re finish the basement with no worries of future water damage. The customer called Clarke Basement Systems to assure them that with the interior repair, it is permanent, and the warranty dictates that the customer will never have groundwater seepage from the walls AND the floor, for the lifetime of the home. One of our senior foremen, Dave Jackson, and his crew removed and disposed of the full perimeter of wall materials and installed a full perimeter of WaterGuard® Below-Floor Drain, ThermalDry® Insulation and a SumpPump with battery backup. This way, the whole basement could be kept dry permanently, ALL THE TIME.
A home in Nestleton Station, Ontario had full perimeter water seepage in spring thaw and when the snow melts. The customers wanted to renovate the basement in order to rent it out. The floor would be all wet from the leaking perimeter causing the basement to flood and restricting the use of half the home.
The customer called Clarke Basement Systems to waterproof their home. Chris Luke explained precisely what would be done to fix the problem. Dave Jackson and his team came in and installed a WaterGuard® Below-Floor Drain around the perimeter of the basement. A ThermalDry® wall membrane was mounted on the walls to keep moisture away from the basement and direct any water seepage into the WaterGuard®. The WaterGuard® then pushed the water into the newly installed SuperSump® Premier Sump Pump to avoid flooding. Lastly, an IceGuard® Discharge Line was established outside the home to protect the system from freezing and breaking. The customer can now finish the basement and rent it out without having to worry about wet floors and basement flooding. The customer has a Full perimeter waterproofing system with 25 year warranty!
For many people, spring is a refreshing time. We clean our homes, get ready for summer and finally get to start enjoying some beautiful weather. For others, though, spring means it’s time to mop up water in the basement.
A customer in Uxbridge, Ontario, has a sump pump in their basement that was continuously running whenever it rained. Water was leaking into the basement through the stairwell, and the amount of water was starting to be too much. Concerned for his basement, the customer reached out to Clarke Basement Systems.
Dave installed an additional sump pump to act as a backup in case the original sump fails. WaterGuard® was installed laterally throughout the floor to drain water away, and an IceGuard® Discharge removes water year-round while preventing any backups from freezing.
The customer is thrilled that his basement is protected again. The stairwell is dry, and he no longer has to worry about his sump failing.
In some basements, there are many obstacles to keep in mind while waterproofing. This home in Newmarket had a bit of a challenge with the water softener being so close to the walls we needed to fix. We installed a WaterGuard® around the obstacles successfully.
Buying a home in Ontario can be a challenging and overwhelming experience. One homeowner in Newmarket, Ontario, found that out the hard way. The customer had moved in only three weeks previously and had plans to supplement his income by renting the basement as an apartment. Unfortunately for the customer, but not at all uncommon, almost immediately after moving in, they noticed that the basement became noticeably wet whenever it rained. Water was penetrating the perimeter of the basement in multiple locations making the space unusable.
The customer’s plan of making some extra income from renting out the downstairs unit went up in smoke. They had to figure out a way to quickly and economically waterproof and renovate their basement for use by a tenant. Not only do tenants require a comfortable space with quality air, but their health also deserves to and must be protected. No one should be physically sick just living in their home. Clarke Basement Systems is well known in the Greater Toronto Area for being an industry leader in wet basement repairs. Specializing in making basements safe, mould-free, dry and clean, and always getting it right the first time. This customer needed peace of mind, so they looked no further and got in touch with us.
After an initial inspection by our System Design Specialist Dean Merendino, Clarke Basement Systems installed a complete waterproofing perimeter system consisting of a handful of different unique patented technologies, all working in tandem. This waterproofing solution, already keeping thousands of basements dry across North America, is designed to last for decades and has multiple fail-safes preventing future potential issues.
First, the basement walls were sealed to the floor using our CleanSpace® membrane technology. Unique to Clarke Basement Systems, CleanSpace® is used to prevent any potential moisture from penetrating the basement in the first place. It cannot grow mould and is effective in encapsulating the space from the external elements. Next, the Foreman and his installation team dug a drainage trench, installed a WaterGuard® drain with an IceGuard® system along the floor where it meets the wall. This drain will direct any moisture down and towards a SuperSump® sump pump. This warranty-backed sump pump is one of the best on the market, and it is designed and guaranteed to last for years. These technologies all work together to ensure ongoing peace of mind for years to come. Last but not least, gravel is used as backfill the new drain, and fresh concrete is poured over it.
The basement space was completely waterproof and ready to be renovated cost-effectively and professionally that impressed the customer. Not only relieved but also now confident that he can, in good conscious, rent out the space to a future tenant and begin to get help paying his bills and mortgage sustainably for years to come.
Water always finds the easiest way into the smallest places, and this includes a home’s foundation.
Foundation blocks are hollow, and sometimes they fill with water. For Christine in Newmarket, Ontario, she found this out the hard way. Each time it rained, the already soaked blocks became overwhelmed, leading to water draining into her basement. Christine was interested in finishing her basement, so she knew it needed to be dry before investing in the renovation.
System Design Specialist Ryan Hanlon met with her, and they worked through the various options available. She wanted a solution that would go the distance, so she agreed with Ryan’s recommendation.
Foreman Dave Jackson and his crew, Installation Specialists Alan Murphy and Bryan Richards used our R20 rated ThermalDry® Wall Membrane to insulate and waterproof the walls. Our patented WaterGuard® Drain System was installed along the edge of the floor and connected to a SuperSump® Sump Pump System.
Christine appreciates the honest quote provided by Ryan Hanlon and the explanation of work completed by the crew. She can’t wait to finish her basement!
Starting a home renovation can be a big undertaking. Your home is likely to be disrupted for a while, and there are a ton of costs and variables involved.
A customer in Bradford, Ontario, wanted to finish his basement. He needed the extra space and wanted to increase his home’s value. Water was seeping into the basement through the floor/wall joint and the block foundation walls. Looking for a proven solution with a transferrable warranty, the customer called Clarke Basement Systems.
System Design Specialist Chris Luke travelled to the customer’s home and inspected his basement. He listened to what the customer wanted and designed a system to suit his needs.
Foreman Dave Jackson and his crew, Installation Specialists Alan Murphy and Bryan Richards, started by installing our patented WaterGuard® Drain System around the perimeter of the basement. This catches water where it seeps and drains it to the sump pump. The customer wanted a system he could add onto later, so we installed our TripleSafe® Sump Liner with an M53 pump. To stop moisture from seeping in through the walls, the space was encapsulated with ThermalDry® Wall Membrane, which also helps insulate the space.
The customer is looking forward to finally finishing his basement. He’s glad he chose Clarke Basement Systems for his repair and is happy to recommend us to friends and family.