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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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.
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.
Where do you go when you’re looking for something you haven’t seen in years? Typically, it’s the basement storage room. These rooms are generally unfinished but make a great storage space.
A customer in Pickering, Ontario, noticed water was pooling on the floor of his storage room. His belongings were always getting wet, and he was concerned the leak would grow and create a more severe issue. He decided to deal with the problem sooner rather than later and reached out to Clarke Basement Systems.
System Design Specialist Chris Luke met with the customer and inspected his basement. He found a crack in the poured concrete foundation and showed the customer our FlexiSpan® Repair System. The customer was happy to hear the repair was non-invasive and could be done in a day.
Foreman Lucio Flores started by digging a small hole in the floor for a dry well. Next, he sealed the crack by injecting it with a urethane-based sealant. A polyurethane foam strip was then applied on the wall over the first seal to complete the repair. If there is the slightest bit of moisture, the foam strip will drain it into the dry well.
The customer is surprised by how fast the team repaired the foundation crack. He’s very excited about using his completely dry basement and not worrying about unwanted water in his home again.
Finding water in your basement can make your stomach sink. You don’t know where it came from, you don’t know how to repair it, and you have no idea how much it will cost.
A customer in Ajax, Ontario, discovered water on his basement floor. He searched the basement and found a few foundation cracks that were allowing moisture through. Concerned for his home’s wellbeing, he decided to reach out to a few contractors. He wasn’t confident until he discovered Clarke Basement Systems and met with System Design Specialist Chris Luke.
Chris showed the homeowner our FlexiSpan® Crack Repair System, and he was happy to have a proven solution offered finally. Foreman Mark Dougherty started the repair by injecting a polyurethane sealant inside the crack. More polyurethane was used to seal the exterior, and a drain is placed on top. For added security, an in-floor drain was installed.
The customer is very pleased that his basement is dry. He appreciates the hard work and honesty of Mark and Chris and is confident that the repair will last.
There is a slew of things that can go wrong in our homes. Our dishwasher could leak, a storm could knock off a few shingles, and for some people, a crack in the foundation can lead to a wet mess.
A customer in Ajax, Ontario, had a small landing under their stairs where they would store items. It was a great little storage place for them to utilize, until one day they came down to find their belongings soaked. A crack had formed in the foundation wall, and water was seeping in. Concerned for the worst, they reached out to Clarke Basement Systems.
System Design Specialist Chris Luke met with the anxious customer and addressed his concerns. The customer was thrilled that we had the perfect solution to his problem, and Foreman Mark Dougherty was sent to repair the crack.
Mark used our FlexiSpan® Crack Repair System to seal the crack, starting with several injections into the crack. He sealed the outside and created a drain in the concrete floor, giving water an easy way to seep back into the ground.
The customer is happy that he no longer has to worry about his belongings getting wet. His floor is dry for good, and he can finally walk into his basement wearing socks again!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Sometimes we think we know what’s going on with our home only to be wrong. It happens, and that’s why we call in the professionals.
A customer in Brooklin, Ontario, had just this problem when he found water in his basement. The water was beneath the laundry tub, so he figured that the tub was leaking. It wasn’t until further inspection that he discovered a large crack behind the sink. He thought about patching it himself but decided to give Clarke Basement Systems a call instead.
System Design Specialist Chris Luke met the customer and inspected the home. The customer was impressed with our repair method, and a date was set for the repair.
Foreman Mark Dougherty used polyurethane to seal the interior and exterior of the crack. An in-floor drain was dug to prevent any new cracks from leaking onto the floor, and an additional drain was installed on top of the sealant.
The customer can’t wait to do his laundry in a dry environment. He’s thrilled that the crack is sealed and is happy he decided to go with us rather than doing it himself.
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.
Finding the right balance between city and country is different for anyone. Some love to be right in the city, while others love to be far away from civilization.
A couple in Greenwood, Ontario, has a great balance of city-country, living just north of Pickering, Ontario. They have a beautiful home, but living in a more rural area has led to excessive groundwater and, in turn, water seepage. Their basement would flood whenever there was heavy rain or a thaw, so they reached out to Clarke Basement Systems.
The homeowners met with System Design Specialist Chris Luke. Chris inspected the home and designed a system to keep the basement dry.
Foreman Lucio Flores and his crew worked hard installing our WaterGuard® Drain System around the basement's perimeter. It drains water to a brand new SuperSump® Pump. To control any water seeping through the walls, the entire space was encapsulated with CleanSpace® Vapour Barrier.
The couple is delighted that their basement is finally dry. They can enjoy rural living without dealing with a constant threat from mother nature.
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.