Waterproofing and Underpinning Blog

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…

The fight against the elements has been a constant battle for homeowners since the dawn of civilization. The history of waterproofing stretches as far back as 13,000 years, and is considered the third oldest trade behind carpentry and masonry. Yet, professional waterproofing contractors are still seeking to innovate. This is because waterproofing our homes is essential to our health and well-being…

As Christmas approaches, there will be many families across the GTA stressed out by how they will accommodate so many people in their home. Space is tight, and as much as we adore our loved ones, they can often bring us to our wit’s end. Frankly, none of us want to experience a National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Part of holiday cheer is ensuring everyone still has their own personal space. One…

For many Canadians, winter is their favourite time of the year because of all the skiing, ice skating and holiday cheer! However, it’s also the worst time of the year for your house. Due to the cold, snow and condensation make your home susceptible to damage. They are not only expensive to repair, but can be a danger to your family. Many waterproofing companies and repair contractors across the GTA…