Waterproofing and Underpinning Blog

Considering all the Angles When you decide to get your property underpinned your contractor needs to have the expertise to deal with all the complexities of the project. City Wide Group has the experience and knowledge required. They have more than 55 years in the industry and ensure their estimators and technicians are fully trained on the most up to date technologies. They are certified and insured.…

Signing the deed to your new home is an exciting time. After touring several properties, choosing a neighbourhood, and planning your décor, you have chosen the house that you will make your home. You count on having made the right decision and you are ready to move in. You even think of the great parties you can have now that you have a new place. Along with the fun stuff, you have to consider all…

This winter has brought record levels of snow to Toronto and Southern Ontario. There have already been periods of melting and then re-freezing and the spring promises to bring more cyclical weather with it. Not only does the changeable weather hamper your ability to get around safely it can also have a real impact on your home. Municipalities are aware of the risks that come with fluctuating temperatures…

No one but no one wants to find water in their basement let alone experience the damage that water can do to their belongings. Whether caused by extreme weather, overflowing river banks, backed up sewers, it is not a happy discovery that the great outdoors has come inside for a stay! The main purpose of the foundation of your home is to protect the integrity of the structure. You will also find most…

Residential Underpinning Most new homes come with a standard height basement of approximately nine feet. Even if not finished, there is enough head-room to make the basement a comfortable space for bedrooms, offices, or entertaining. However, older homes can be a different story. Even though the upper levels have loads of character, the basement can be often unfinished and little more than a crawl…

Sump Pumps Sump pumps are used to pull water out of a sump pit into a sewer, drainage ditch or well. Many homes have sump pits below the foundation and in some places the Ontario Building Code requires that a sump pit with an automatic pump be installed. A sump pit and pump as part of basement waterproofing plan can protect a home from being inundated when there is a big storm or spring melt off. The…

You may not have to move to get that extra space you need Bricks and mortar buildings are the home for a variety of business needs. You can be operating a retail business, factory, plant, medical or service facility or rental and condominium residential property. There are a number of reasons why your commercial business building may need underpinning. You may have found that the age of the building…

Everyone looks forward to a warm spell in January to break the winter weather. While the thaw may be welcome, it can also be the cause of water problems in your basement. You can take steps to minimize those problems by taking a few preventative measures. Don’t let snow pile up around the base of your home. Snow and ice can cause cracks on the masonry of the foundation. When snow melts in the January…

You have found water or evidence of water in your basement and started looking at contractors who can waterproof the foundation. There are many out there but you need to hire the company that will not only take care of the walls and floors of your basement, but also treat your property like their own. What’s involved Exterior waterproofing involves digging a trench around the perimeter of your property…

Canadian winters can be unpredictable, but you can be sure of one thing – you need to protect your property from the impact that snow and ice can have on your foundation. The pressure from ice building up in the soil around your home’s perimeter can the foundation’s walls to crack. Any water from melt-off can freeze when the temperatures drop again and cause any cracks in the masonry to get larger…