Waterproofing and Underpinning Blog

There are many types of commercial buildings including apartment buildings both rental and condominium, institutions such as hospitals, retirement homes, malls, plazas, banks, factories, warehouses; the list can go on and on. The one thing they share is the risk of water damage if the foundation of the building is not properly waterproofed. Water is a life source but it can also slowly erode the masonry…

Just as there are a myriad of styles of commercial properties from stand-alone businesses, strip malls, high rises, there are many purposes those buildings can be put from private enterprises, rental units, residential or business condominium or medical services. The entrepreneur has lots of choices including whether to own or rent, build new or take over an existing property. Commercial property owners…

Water, water everywhere So, you’ve found evidence of water damage in your basement. Now what? You need to protect your home’s foundation which is the basis for comfortable living. Whether a little water or a lot, you need to take steps to stop it from creating havoc. You may hope it’s a one-off but once you have had water in your basement, you are likely to have it again. You need to identify where…

As Benjamin Franklin said, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. When it comes to your basement, it may be worth a lot more! You never want to find that water or excessive moisture has started to wreck your basement. Your foundation is supposed to be the solid base on which your home is set. It also serves as extra storage space, entertainment or living space, along with storing the basic…

City Wide Group is a company specializing in residential and commercial basement waterproofing, underpinning, and drainage repairs in the Toronto (Greater Toronto Area) and in Hamilton, Niagara, Welland (the Niagara Peninsula). Family owned and operated, the company continues to grow under the leadership of Harry Cavan and his son, Chris. They are proud of the work they do and have plans to expand…

The Consumer Choice Award is the premier prize for businesses doing work in the home construction business. It represents a thorough analysis of what other consumers have said about the business and its employees. When a homeowner is researching potential companies to work on projects in their home, they often turn to friends and neighbours to talk about their experiences. When they want to widen…

Spring brings relief from the cold and dreary weather, but it also brings along a few challenges for property owners especially if your home is older. Warmer temperatures mean snow melting and the weather forecast calls for lots of rain. Many basements in the Greater Toronto Area cannot handle the extra moisture. So, what do you do when you find the basement has become a wading pool? First of all,…

Clearing up Drains Many property owners often take their basic home infrastructure for granted. There is nothing sexy about things like drains or pipes! However, they are just the sort of components that can cause major problems in a home when they stop doing what they are intended to do — keeping your home running well. The main purpose of a home drainage system is to draw unwanted water and liquid…

Depending where your home is located and the age of your home, you probably have a sump pit below your foundation. In fact, in places where gravity drainage just isn’t going to work, the Ontario Building Code requires a sump with an automatic pump to be installed. You may also decide to have a pump installed if you find indications that your basement is starting to have water problems after a big storm…

Wet Basement Solutions Your senses will tell you if you if you have a problem with water or moisture in your basement. There are some obvious clues that tell you that you need to deal with the issue sooner than later to avoid serious costs. Sight Beyond seeing evident puddles, look around at the basement floor and walls. If your basement is unfinished, you will be able to look at the concrete for cracks…