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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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 Greenbank, Ontario had problems with their home's foundation. The basement wall was pushing in, and water was seeping through all the cracks. The customer had the wall dug out and repaired by another company in the past, but the issue, unfortunately, happened again. The customer was worried that the wall was going to cave in if they didn't get it fixed soon! Since the foundation was crumbling, water was seeping in through all the cracks. The customer's flooring and drywall were soaked, and mould was starting to grow.
The customer called Foundation Supportworks of Ontario and booked an appointment with our System Design Specialist, Chris Luke. Chris explained a solution to the customer's problem, and our lead Foreman Shane O'Rourke came out to fix the problem. Our patented Powerbraces™ were installed to permanently stabilize the wall (with a 25-year warranty). The wall now stands perfectly straight, and there is no water seepage.
The customer not only has a solid foundation in their basement but has more reliable space that is healthy living space. They were over the moon with the service, products, and 25-year warranty!
Our patented SunHouse™ Basement Window Well Enclosure and a connecting vertical drainage pipe worked together to protect a Markham, ON home against unwanted water entering the basement.
Our patented SunHouse™ Window Well transformed the outside and the inside of this Markham, ON home. A window well that was previously bringing unwanted water into the home and didn't look so great is now effectively protecting against water and looks smart too!
This customer had two worn out and unreliable Sump Pumps in their home and was worried about the chaos it could cause in their basement. Luckily, they contacted us for two impeccable upgrades.
A home is more than just a building. There are all the creature comforts most people want, and the maintenance equipment that everyone needs. But sometimes, this equipment just doesn’t cut it anymore.
A customer in Stouffville, Ontario, has a home with a waterproofing system already in place. They have a sump pump in the basement but were concerned about its longevity and reliability. If the pump failed, their finished basement would flood, leaving them with thousands of dollars’ worth of repairs.
Anxious about a possible failure, they reached out to Clarke Basement Systems and met with System Design Specialist Chris Luke. Chris showed the customer our variety of sump pumps and recommended a SuperSump®.
Thanks to Chris, Jose and the entire CBS team, the customer has peace of mind knowing their basement is protected.
When it comes to owning a home, peace of mind can be the difference between pulling your hair out or relaxing. Without a reasonable doubt, we want to know that we have nothing to worry about, so the unknown can be stressful.
A customer in Stouffville, Ontario, was looking for his peace of mind back when he called Clarke Basement Systems. He already had a sump pump in his basement but was concerned about its reliability.
System Design Specialist Chris Luke met with the homeowner and inspected the basement. He showed the customer a variety of high-quality sump pump options and recommended a SuperSump® specifically. Foreman Jose Martinez installed the pump after removing the old sump.
The customer is very happy with the whole process. He’s thrilled his home is protected and can finally breathe a sigh of relief.
When you deal with a basement leak in the spring and fall, it’s essential to have a reliable sump pump. If not, all that work and money spent goes to waste.
A customer in Stouffville, Ontario, wanted to replace their old, unreliable sump pump. The unit wasn’t keeping up with the water, so they wanted a new pump installed before redoing the basement.
System Design Specialist Chris Luke met with the homeowner and inspected the basement. He recommended our TripleSafe® Sump Pump and the customer booked a date for the repair.
Foreman Lucio Flores started by removing the old sump pump. Next, he installed our TripleSafe® Sump Pump with an UltraSump® Battery Backup for added peace of mind. Lastly, an IceGuard® Discharge Line was installed to remove water even during freezing temperatures.
The customer is very happy that they have a new, reliable sump system. They’re looking forward to continuing their basement repair.
A home in King, Ontario had water leaking into the basement in many areas during the spring thaw and when the snow melted. The Basement was finished and the water seepage was making it unhealthy. It smelled musty because the carpet, wood and drywall were wet. The homeowner could no longer use the space for storage because all the items were getting wet.
The customer called Clarke Basement Systems to find a solution to their water issues. They talked to Chis Luke who figured digging from the exterior was not an option because they had a big front porch and gardens around the home. He explained what work would be done to the inside of the home to stop the water problems. Jose Martinez and the team came in and installed a Waterguard around the furnace and pressure tank, without having to remove or disconnect them. They installed Thermal Dry wall membrane on the walls to direct any water into the Watergaurd that is attached to the customers existing sump pump. The customer can now re finish the basement without having to worry about wet floors, musty smells and mold and has a 25 year warranty.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of the first things we typically hear when a customer calls is, “There’s water in my basement, and I don’t know where it came from.” This is usually said in a frantic, anxious tone before we put some of their worries at rest by sending out an inspector.
A customer in Stouffville, Ontario, was in this situation when she decided to call Clarke Basement Systems. She discovered water in her basement but couldn’t pinpoint a location, and was growing more concerned each day.
System Design Specialist Chris Luke was dispatched to the customer’s home to inspect the basement. Chris was able to find where the water was leaking in and showed the customer our FlexiSpan® Crack Repair System. She was thrilled to hear the repair was more affordable than she imagined, and a date was set for the repair.
Foreman Mark Dougherty started the repair by injecting a polyurethane sealant directly into the crack. The exterior was sealed as well, and a drain was installed over top of the entire crack. For added protection, an in-floor drain was also installed to catch any additional leaks down the road.
The customer is ecstatic that her basement is dry. Her worries are gone, and she has a proven system with a warranty.
This landlord in Keswick, ON, had a big problem. The tenants were having their stored items damaged due to water seepage in the basement. The landlord knew that the basement needed to be waterproofed, or his tenants would be sure to leave.
They called Clarke Basement Systems for a free estimate. System Design Specialist, Chris Luke, attended the home and concluded that our Thermal Drywall Membrane, WaterGuard® System, SuperSump® Sump Pump and IceGuard® Sump Pump Discharge Line System would need to be installed to prevent any more basement flooding.
Installation Foreman, Dave Jackson and his crew got to work!
When the work was complete, the landlord was relieved and no longer worried about any future flooding or upset tenants.
Homeowners in Keswick, ON were having issues with water seeping into their home.
They needed to waterproof the basement before matters got any worse. That's when they called Clarkes Basement Systems for a free estimate.
System Design Specialist, Chris Luke, assessed the home and concluded that WindowWell™, Thermal Drywall Membrane™, WaterGuard®, SuperSump®, and IceGuard® would need to be installed to prevent any further damage or flooding.
Once the right solution was determined, Installation Foreman, Dave Jackson and his crew got to work!
When the work was complete, the landlord and the tenants were relieved and no longer worried about any future flooding or damage.
Homeowners in Keswick, ON were devastated when their finished basement was ruined due to the water leaking into their home.
They contacted Clarke Basement Systems to waterproof their home before any more damage occured.
System Design Specialist, Chris Luke, assessed the home and determined to fix this, we would need to install Thermal Dry Wall Membrane, WaterGuard® and a TripleSafe Sump Pump.
Now, the homeowners can finish their basement and have no worries with a 25-year warranty.
This customer wanted the most reliable sump pump system to ensure that their basement didn't flood during a blackout. The TripleSafe™ Complete Sump Pump System with the Battery Back-Up was just what they needed!
To ensure that their discharge lines didn't freeze, this customer got our patented IceGuard® Discharge Line System.
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.
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!
The best solution for our customer's water seepage issue was to install an exterior liquid rubber coating around the pipe to prevent water from entering the basement.
We solved our customer's water seepage issue by installing an exterior liquid rubber coating and a drainage matting system. These systems work together to repel water and keep the basement foundation dry during spring and heavy rainstorms.
A leak that once resulted in a wet basement floor and posed a threat of damaging the electrical panel in this Cedar Valley, ON home, has been sealed from the outside using slight excavation, Delta drainage matting and liquid rubber.