Waterproofing and Underpinning Blog
It’s summertime and the living is easy or so the song goes. What about your basement? Is it the cool, comfortable oasis you would like to enjoy or the dank, humid place of your nightmares? Summer is a good season to judge the soundness of your basement and the foundation of your home. Because your basement is below ground it is naturally cooler than the rest of your home. It can provide you a restful
You and your family need more space but no one wants to move from your comfortable home or neighbourhood! You could build an addition but there goes the fantastic garden or back yard space and there are zoning issues. You could build up but that has serious budgetary considerations. Another way to increase the amount of living space in your home is to make better use of the existing basement area.
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.