Waterproofing and Underpinning Blog

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…

What is condensation? It is water that collects on a cold surface as beads or as a vapour when humid air is in contact with it. When you fill a glass with ice water and take it outside to enjoy in the sunshine, your glass quickly becomes slick with moisture. Your glass isn’t leaking! You have created the conditions for condensation. In your basement, when hot air meets cold walls, you are also creating…

All homeowners want to have a comfortable, well maintained home to keep their family comfortable to entertain their friends. This involves keeping up with an appropriate home maintenance schedule that puts you in charge instead of scrambling to get repairs done when something goes wrong. While you may look at other spaces in your home as being more important, you should not overlook the importance…

Various cities, municipalities and regions in the Greater Toronto Area and Southern Ontario have introduced programs through which homeowners can obtain financial assistance to carry out some household plumbing, drain or sewer repairs, and associated renovations. The overall purpose of the grants, rebates and loan plans are to reduce the costs of meeting overall flood-reduction by-laws and codes. Having…

A conscientious homeowner conducts regular inspections of his home including the basement and outer foundation walls. There are all sorts of clues that there is a problem with water or moisture damaging the home’s structural base. There is, of course, the obvious pool of water on the basement floor! There might even be evidence of shifting or cracking in the walls or floor. One clue, however, might…

There are few things better in life than buying your own home. There’s a reason why it’s a popular dream to be a home owner. A new house means freedom, space…and liabilities for anything that goes wrong inside your home. Unfortunately, those problems are more common than you think; and with them, all those home-buying joys can quickly turn into a nightmare scenario. One of the biggest headaches is…

When homeowners are looking for contractors to work on their most valuable possession – their home, they want to be sure they are selecting a reputable company. They might talk to other homeowners, their friends and neighbours to see who they chose to do work. Savvy homeowners also look at media reports and in Toronto, the gold star comes from the Toronto Consumer Choice Award. The Consumer Choice…

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…