Chris is a skilled carpenter by trade however he has been in the home improvement industry for 30+ years, building and renovating countless homes from the footings to the roof. He completed his carpentry apprenticeship in 1993, earning his certificate of qualification as a General Carpenter. Chris' broad range of experiences has given him a vast store of technical knowledge about how a home is built.
Chris joined Clarke Basement Systems team in 2007. Since 2010 Chris has been primarily involved in the Foundation Supportworks of Ontario side of the business however he has been in various positions within the company which has allowed him to gain valuable knowledge about basement foundations and the processes needed to fix them.
Chris brings his depth of knowledge and keen powers of observation to every home he visits. His clients appreciate his personable approach, thoroughness and integrity. He enjoys meeting homeowners; solving problems and helping people get the most out of their homes.
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Keeping your house in good shape is vital for any homeowner, especially when it comes time to put your home on the market.
A customer in Pickering, Ontario, was looking to list their home soon but wanted to generate as much income as possible. He was dealing with a crack in his foundation wall, so he reached out to Clarke Basement Systems for a solution.
The homeowner met with System Design Specialist Chris Luke and Chris showed him our FlexiSpan® Repair System. The customer was thrilled that the solution was cheaper than he imagined, and a date was set for the repair.
Foreman Lucio Flores injected our FlexiSpan® Sealant deep into the crack before sealing the outside. FlexiSpan® stops 95% of water, and any moisture that does seep through is directed down to an in-floor drain.
The customer can’t wait to get his home on the market now. He has a 25-year transferrable warranty for the work done and can get the most money possible from the sale of his house.
A customer contacted us from Pickering, Ontario about a crack that they found in the corner of a window in their basement which is a typical problem. It was continually leaking leaving the basement floor wet.
Chris Luke, System Design Specialist, spoke with the customer and advised them about the best solution. Mark Dougherty, a Foreman, installed:
FlexiSpan® Crack Repair System
The homeowner was delighted with the job our team completed and that the foundation was repaired efficiently, leaving the basement dry.
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.
What a difference! Now, our client can use their basement and crawl space for storage again, with no worries.
Unbelievable transformation by one of our System Design Specialists, Chris Luke, and Installation Foreman, Lucio Flores. They worked together to improve the musty, damp, dirty conditions by eliminating the condensation, and found a reliable solution for the dirt floor, rusty steel and rotted posts.
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.
A beautiful waterproofing job using our patented CleanSpace® Vapour Barrier completed in Whitby, ON, leaves the homeowner ecstatic!
Damage at home happens. It could be as big as a broken furnace or as small as a broken window. Either way, it’s something we need to deal with, regardless of the issue.
A customer in Whitby, Ontario, had a foundation crack in their finished basement. Water was leaking through the crack onto their carpet, and they were concerned about damage from mould and mildew.
Tired of dealing with the crack, they reached out to Clarke Basement Systems for a solution. They met with System Design Specialist Chris Luke, who was able to put their worries at ease by showing them our FlexiSpan® Repair System.
Foreman Ali Fereidouni started the repair by injecting our sealant deep into the crack before patching the exterior. He also installed an in-floor drain to catch any additional seeping water.
The customer is thrilled that their finished basement is protected. They can continue to use the space without having to worry about mould and mildew.
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.
A home in Thornhill, Ontario had a wall foundation with multiple cracks in it. There was water seeping through the cracks causing the floor to be wet. The customer had previous plumbing problems and was tired of seeing water in their home. They wanted a dry basement and did not want to worry about water entry constantly.
The customer called Clarke Basement Systems and talked to Chris Luke, who explained everything. Mark Dougherty and the team came in and installed FlexiSpan® wall crack repair on the cracks and then installed CleanSpace® over the top for extra protection. The patented Flexispan wall crack repair system has a 25-year warranty. They also installed a drainage system on the floor, below the cracked area to collect any water that tries to seep through. Now the basement is dry, and the customer can rest easy.
We used our PolyLevel® Injection for this pool deck to void fill, without lifting. This was primarily critter control as the dirt underneath the pool deck was missing due to burrowing animals.
A home in Markham, Ontario had a water leaking problem at the side wall. There was a crack, form ties and floor wall joint seepage in the poured concrete wall. They had a finished basement, but the floor was always wet so the homeowner and their grandkids could not use the space.
The customer had used Clarke Basement Systems previously for other work and knew we could help with the water issues. Chris Luke was the design specialist that helped come up with a solution and answered any questions the customer had. Lucio, the installation specialist and his team, came in and installed a WaterGuard® Below-Floor Drain around the perimeter of the leaking wall. ThermalDry® Wall Membrane was introduced to stop leakage and moisture on the walls and direct it to the drain. A SuperSump® Premier Sump Pump System with IceGuard® Discharge Line was installed to avoid flooding and keep the lines durable during the cold seasons.
With a fully waterproofed basement, it can be put back together without having to worry about the wet floor, leaking form ties or cracks that leak. They have their space again and they feel confident to let their grandkids play in the area!
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 Markham, Ontario homeowner contacted us due to a common issue of a crack forming from the corner of a window in their basement. It was continually leaking leaving the basement floor wet.
Chris Luke, System Design Specialist, spoke with the customer and advised them on the best solution. Mark Dougherty, a Foreman, installed:
FlexiSpan® Crack Repair System
The homeowner was delighted with the job our team completed and that the foundation was repaired efficiently, leaving the basement dry.
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.
Having issues with floor-wall joint seepage? Clarke Basement System can eliminate your water issues. Our WaterGuard® Below-Floor Drainage System collects groundwater and directs it into the sump pump system, keeping your basement dry! Our customer was so excited to have a permanent waterproofing system finally.
Our ThermalDry® Wall Membrane completely covers and seals your foundation wall preventing water from leaking into the basement. This system directs water into the interior drainage system keeping your basement dry!
A home in Ashburn, Ontario had an old sump pump that was outdated, and the homeowners felt that it was unreliable. They were worried it would not do the job of protecting the home from flooding. This problem stopped them from going away or sleeping comfortably at night in case their sump pump failed while they were gone. This worry of the basement flooding was restraining the homeowners from vacationing or relaxing.
They called Clarke Basement Systems and talked to Chris Luke, who explained what we would do to fix the problem. The team came in and installed our TripleSafe™ Complete Sump Pump System in place of the old sump pump, and mounted two IceGuard® Discharge Line Systems on the outside of the home. The TripleSafe™ sump pump gives them three levels of protection and has a backup battery in case of a power outage. The Iceguards protects in the cold winter months, so they do not freeze and back up the system. Now the customer can sleep soundly at night and go away without having to worry about the sump pump failing and their basement flooding.
Although this homeowner's basement had no signs of water damage or seepage they were still worried that in the future the crack would cause significant damage to their home. Our FlexiSpan® Wall Crack Repair System was installed to collect and drain water. This product was the perfect solution for our customer as it will never crack or dry out and bonds with the concrete foundation.
A home in Stouffville, Ontario, had water in their basement due to the old sump pump. There were renovations done to the basement, and the homeowner knew it would get worse and ruin the basement. The sump pump needed an upgrade.
The customer called Clarke Basements Systems to waterproof their home correctly, so they didn't have to worry about the basement getting ruined and avoid any leaking and flooding. Chris Luke who was the inspector told them everything that the team was going to do. Dave Jackson and the team came in and installed a WaterGuard® Below-Floor Drain with WaterGuard® ports to collect any leaking water and push it into the updated SuperSump® Premier Sump Pump System. Now the customer has a dry basement and doesn't have to worry about future flooding or leaks.
A home in Stouffville had water leaking into the basement during spring thaw from snow melting. It was coming in through the perimeter of the basement in many different areas. The customer's storage items were getting wet, and the customer's feet were getting wet while doing laundry. Fixing from the outside and digging around the exterior was not an option because the porch was on three sides. The homeowners had lived there for a very long time, they were tired of having wet floors, and it only had gotten worse.
The homeowners called us at Clarke Basement Systems to waterproof their basement. They talked to Chris Luke who inspected the area and explained everything our team would do to. David Jackson and his crew came in and installed a Clean Space wall system that would allow any water and moisture to flow down to the newly established full perimeter WaterGuard® Below-Floor Drain system. The water would then get directed into the newly installed SuperSump® Premier Sump Pump System with the UltraSump® Battery back Up and flow out through the Iceguard, away from the house. This system would allow the basement floor to be dry so that they can stored items in a dry place and no longer have wet feet when they do their laundry. The full perimeter WaterGuard® system comes with a 25-year warranty. The customers are happy to have a dry basement and their storage space back.
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!
Stress is something everyone deals with in life, but it’s important to do what we can to reduce it. For a customer in Stouffville, Ontario, the best way to do that was to replace their old, unreliable sump pump.
Their old double sump wasn’t working properly, and they were concerned for their basement. They were looking to renovate but wanted to ensure their basement would stay dry first.
System Design Specialist Chris Luke met with the customers to review our products before Foreman Lucio Flores installed their new TwinSump® Sump Pump. The TwinSump® normally pairs with a Battery Backup, but the homeowners already had a backup generator. Lucio also installed an IceGuard® Discharge System, preventing backups during the long winter freeze.
The customer is thrilled that they can finally renovate with no worries of flooding. They’ve gained peace of mind thanks to our trustworthy and warrantied waterproofing products!