Waterproofing and Underpinning Blog

In order to determine how to repair any foundation cracks or leaks you need to understand what the foundation does for your home. Your house’s foundation sits directly on the ground, adhering it to the soil or rock. There are several different kinds of foundations. A slab-on-grade foundation is shallow and can be built relatively quickly, a home with this kind of foundation does not have a basement.

When you need to have work done on your home or business you want to make sure you are dealing with a reputable company. Do they have insurance, are their workers covered by WSIB, what do the Better Business Bureau think about them, what do their customers think of them, what is the value of their warranty and are they a bondable contractor? You are entrusting your property to the hands of someone

There has been a lot of media coverage about the number of floods across Canada in the past couple of years. It appears when we read about some of these incidents described as “once in 100 year” floods that the time span has become much shorter. Some experts point to climate change while others say development in flood plain zones or in areas that have traditionally provided a path for water to drain

The basement of your home is truly the foundation of comfortable living. Generally all the important tools of keeping you comfortable can be found there — the heating and cooling systems, the main plumbing and electrical fixtures, cable boxes, and other basic apparatuses that help your house run smoothly. In addition, many people use the basement for storage, laundry facilities, extra living space

As the carol goes, the weather outside is frightful – especially in winter in Toronto. It is cold and the snow comes often. La Nina will be creating conditions for lots of precipitation in much of Eastern Canada this winter. The weather network also reports that the active storm track will see Toronto getting snow often and late into March! However, as we all know, Toronto also experiences frequent

As the owner of commercial property in Toronto, you have to be aware of all the risks to your buildings either for your own business or for those of your tenants. Toronto is a well-developed city with a wide range of aging and newer sewer systems throughout the area. It is situated on land next to a large lake with myriad creeks, rivers and underground water systems that are ideal sources of water

Do you ever wonder what it means when you have been told that your home is in an area with a high or low water table? A quick check into the reference books or on-line will tell you what you need to know about water tables and how it can affect your home. In Toronto, there are varying areas of high and low water tables, a variety of underground streams, and an aging sewer system. All of these factors

Basements are often the final frontier of our homes, we don’t use the space well because it is often dark, below ground, and not finished. However, you can make this area a pleasant place by deciding to renovate or finish your basement. When you do decide to finish the basement of your home you need to do all your homework before you pick up a single tool. There are a number of tasks that need to be

Lots of homeowners, especially first time buyers, like the idea of being able to convert part of their new property into some sort of rental space. The extra income will help pay the mortgage and who doesn’t want that? The logical place to look is the generally unused basement of the home. In new or older homes, the basement is frequently unfinished and will take some work to prepare it for potential

Prudent homeowners have a checklist of fall chores to prepare their home and property for the upcoming winter months when snow and ice can play havoc. Among the checkmarks you want to make on your own list is to keep your basement dry and sound. The elements can be nasty in the winter and you don’t want your home to suffer. While the goal is to keep your foundation from being damaged by the winter