Waterproofing and Underpinning Blog

A basement flood results in more than lost valuables. It leaves lasting damage in the walls that give way to the growth of mould and mildew, which are hazardous to your health. This is a result of the moisture left behind by a flood and will require renovation of the walls and floor. However, a basement flood doesn’t have to be an eventuality if you install a sump pump. A sump pump is essentially

Water on the floor, hidden mold, musty smells—wet basements are inarguably unpleasant. But when a heavy rainstorm hits your neighborhood, the most significant flooding may happen within your own home. If your basement is not properly fitted to handle a sudden influx of precipitation, you could be up to your ankles in water at any time. Even if you are sure that your home is prepared to handle any

If you’ve experienced a wet basement in the past, then you know the expensive costs that come with making the necessary repairs. Although the drywall and carpet can be replaced, it’s the destruction of our valuables that makes it sting. There are several reasons for why your basement flooded and can be due to a combination of factors such as a blocked weeping tile or poor construction of the home’s

The basement waterproofing industry is tough. Waterproofing companies are subject to multiple factors, these include economic cycles, housing booms, weather conditions, building codes, and competition. This has shaped the industry for years. According to a report by Waterproof! Magazine, the future of the waterproofing industry will be shaped by many factors including economic development, diversification,

If you’ve discovered a white, powdery substance along a basement wall and wondered what it is exactly, you are not alone. This white, chalky substance is called efflorescence and is more common in than you may think. Like mould, efflorescence is the result of water or excess moisture in your basement caused by improper basement waterproofing. City Wide Group is here to help you understand what efflorescence

Any time of the year, a wet basement is possible and the problems that come with it: water damage and mould. Basement leaks are usually caused by cracks in your home’s foundation which allows water to seep into your house. But what exactly causes foundation cracks? How can you prevent and fix foundation cracks? Too Much Moisture An excess of moisture in the soil around your home’s foundation can cause

Buying your first home is a milestone, but it can come with unexpected challenges. One of the most common problems that many homeowners will deal with at some point is mould. If you have black and white mould in your basement, you and your family may be at risk for serious health problems. At City Wide Group, we care not only about your home but also your health, so follow these tips below to spot

If you are the proud owner of a new build home in the Greater Toronto Area, then your foundation was made using poured concrete. Poured concrete foundations started in the 1970s and remains to this day one of the most common types of foundation. That’s because it’s easily molded into shape. Concrete really is a great building material, but it can crack over time and lead to leak in your basement.

Many newer homes have water leakage in the basement due to cracks in the foundation, so you’re not alone if you’re battling with a wet basement. Toronto is notorious for heavy rainfall and storms, and spring runoff only adds to every homeowner’s nightmare. Warmer weather not only means sunshine is on the way, but potentially a soggy basement. Understanding the science behind wet basements is easy and

Well it’s been quite a year for us at City Wide Group. We would like to thank all our customers in the GTA for making 2016 such a success and are proud to announce that we have won the Consumer Choice Award for the 20th consecutive year for our commitment to excellence in waterproofing and underpinning! Southern Ontario’s spring downpours and heavy snowfall in the winter doesn’t make our job any easier,