Basement Waterproofing and Foundation Repairs

exterior-foundation-wall repair in Milton, ontarioOn this page, you’ll find details of various effective and permanent ways to repair damaged concrete foundations, whether they are leaking or not.  Below is a list of our repair methods broken down into two categories – External Repairs & Internal Repairs.  Click the one you would like to learn more about.


Most Effective Method: External Waterproofing

In any industry there’s a solution available that is superior to anything else.  In our case it’s addressing the water issue at the source of the problem – the exterior of your foundation.

By stopping the water from coming into contact with your foundation you eliminate any moisture from entering into your home – PERIOD.  Although this procedure is invasive it is by far the most effective.

To discuss whether or not external waterproofing makes sense to you call us at 289-880-7988 or click here to submit your request via email.

CLICK TO SEE THE 11 STEPS WE FOLLOW to ensure you a worry-free waterproofing solution for years to come.

A – Site survey is conducted to determine the following:

– where to pile the dirt that comes out of the excavated trench we will make,

– where we can pile necessary construction materials such as gravel

– where we can safely park trailers, machinery, etc.

Sometimes we require permission from a neighbor to pile the dirt on their property in order to conduct our work. We also decide how the site is to be protected, where we need to protect the ground with plywood, and how the site is to be managed during the course of the work.  We want to make sure you are still able to get into your home throughout the project.

B – Locates are called in and a building permit is purchased (if required.)

At that time a start week is designated as it is difficult to say exactly when the locates will be conducted, permits granted or even how the weather conditions will be as it is unsafe to work in an excavated pit while it is raining out.

C – Materials/Equipment are delivered & the digging begins…

Ground protection boards and shoring sections are dropped on site (if required) and the digging begins. Foundation walls/footings are exposed and once here we scrape or wire brush the entire area.  If there are any cracks present we apply the first line of defense – hydraulic cement.

D – Sealing of the walls…

A rubber membrane is applied to the area that has been excavated which seals the foundation wall.  This membrane is manufactured here in Canada and is environmentally safe as it is a waterbased, non toxic product.  Once cured it leaves your foundation with a seamless coating that is unaffected by a range of acids, alkalis & waterborne salts, ultra violet rays and is resistant to biological deterioration!

E – Last line of defense!

A dimpled sheet air-gap membrane called Delta MS is installed over top of the rubber membrane and helps eliminate hydrostatic relief… which is what originally forced the water through your foundation in the first place.

F – New weeping tile is now ready to be installed.

Weeping tile is a 4″ corrugated plastic pipe with slits around the perimeter running the full length of the pipe which has a filter fabric wrapped around it. See below.

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G – Gravel is installed

Gravel is installed over the weeping tile to meet with The Ontario building code which specifies “not less than 5 and 7/8″ of gravel on top and beside the weeping tile.

H – A Filter fabric is installed

Filter fabric is installed over the gravel to prevent dirt from getting into the freshly laid gravel bed.  We do this as most of the water that enters the gravel layer comes from above which will only bring with it dirt that we will be backfilling with once the job is complete. This will also keep the gravel from becoming plugged up in the future.

I – Inspections

If a permit was obtained a building inspector will be called.  The inspector will ensure that the installation of our system is up to code.  Once he sees that everything is in order it time for the next step.

J – Backfilling

Backfilling of the trench is now ready to take place and the native soil that was removed is now placed back along side your foundation.

K – Final clean up

Final clean up is completed and all materials and equipment is removed from the site.

*NOTE* The above is an example of a typical exterior project but this is not always the case. Sometimes we do not have access for a machine to do the digging or we cannot pile the dirt directly beside the hole so the need for hand digging and dirt relocation must be performed.  This will be discussed during our initial consultation so you are informed before committing to anything we decide to do together.



External Crack Repairs

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Example of an external crack repair

Example of an external crack repair

If you have a crack that is leaking we need to take a different approach to your problem.  This is the instance where you really want to use the most effective solution available given the circumstances that surround your foundation.

In our opinion the best solution is to use an ext,ernal approach that prevents the water from even touching the foundation in the area of the crack.  This is done by excavating the soil from either side of the crack all the way down to the footing and applying an external waterproofing system directly over top of the crack.  When this method is used you can be rest assured there will be no more water entering your basement.

Click Here to contact us via email to set up an appointment to inspect your cracked foundation.


Window Wells

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Pictorial of how a window well should be drained

Pictorial of how a window well should be drained

To properly fix a window well drainage problem we offer the following procedure.

  1. Excavation is performed from the window well right down to the weeping tile.
  2. While there is recommended that a weeping tile test be performed to ensure that it is draining as it wouldn’t make sense to connect a window well drain pipe down to a weeping tile drain that does not work.
  3. A 4″ drain pipe is installed to approximately 4″ below the height of the window sill.
  4. Window well is fastened to the wall with concrete screws (if required)
  5. Excavation is backfilled with native soil
  6. Gravel is poured inside the window well to facilitate drainage into the newly installed drain pipe. Option: backfill the entire excavation with 3/4″ clear gravel – this will guarantee that any water that enters the window well area will drain quickly to the weeping tile system.

To book a window well procedure call 289-880-7988 or click here to submit your request via email.


Blocked or Collapsed Weeping Tile

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To properly address this issue you must determine whether or not you actually have a blocked or collapsed weeping tile.  To do this we recommend you have your system scoped by a drain expert.  By scoped I mean the use of a camera on the end of a flexible tube like apparatus that can be inserted into your weeping tile system to inspect it from the inside.  This method will show you exactly what your system looks like and if there are any blockages within.

To perform this test there must be an entry point to your weeping system. IF there is not one available we will have to dig a hole down to your weeping tile system and create an entry point.  Once the camera is inserted into the system you can see a live view on a monitor of what your system looks like.  If there are any blockages present the camera will detect them immediately.

To book a weeping tile scope procedure click here or call 289-880-7988.

If it is discovered that a weeping tile is blocked you have two options:

  1. You can proceed with a flush procedure which uses high pressure water to cut thru the blockage.  If this procedure is unsuccessful then it will mean that you will have to have to proceed to step two.
  2. You will have to have your weeping tile replaced.  This means we would have to excavate along the perimeter of your home to access the weeping tile system and replace it.  You can choose to replace just the area that is affected OR to replace the entire system around the outside of your home.  It is possible to have multiple blockages but that can be determined by performing another scope procedure.


Secondary Method:  Interior Drainage System

The most effective interior drainage systems as described by the University of Minnesota is a perforated drain pipe installed inside the perimeter of the footing.  This requires removing and replacing concrete at the slab edge. By placing the drain pipe beneath the slab, it drains the area to a lower level. Similar to an exterior system, the drainage pipe connects to a sump system. The sump system should have an airtight, childproof cover. A critical component of this approach is the dimpled plastic sheeting (Delta MS) placed at the base of the wall and beneath the slab edge. Dimpled sheeting is similar to a small egg crate and permits free drainage of the wall into the drain pipe.

Although this is an effective solution don’t be fooled by other waterproofing companies that deem this repair “waterproofing” because it is not.  It is simply the management of water that is passing through or under your foundation.


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We use this system when an external solution is either not possible or too costly due to the added expense of removing and replacing decks, landscaping, etc.  There are times when you don’t want to use this system but that hinges on your specific situation.

The best thing to do is have us inspect your foundation with you by our side so we can discuss the issues you are having and whether or not this solution is for you.  To do this call us at 289-880-7988 or click here to submit an email so we can set some time aside visit with you.


Low Pressure Crack Injection Process

IF the wall crack is covered by a deck, has trees/plants etc. in front of it or is just inaccessible we believe a low pressure crack injection to be the best solution. This method will seal off the crack from the inside right through to the outside of your wall.  The steps to complete this process are noted below:

  1. We surface prep the wall by cleaning the crack and applying a bead of quick dry sealant
  2. The crack is scribed out to expose as much of it as possible and vacuumed out to ensure it is clean.
  3. A two part paste is mixed together and used to adhere injection ports and to seal the crack.
  4. Once the paste is dry we begin the injection process starting at the bottom and working our way to the very top of the foundation.
  5. Once the injection material has cured you are ready to finish over top of your newly repaired wall.


Solutions for Larger Cracks that Leak

If the crack is 1/4″ or wider AND leaks we view this as a possible “structural concern” and recommend you have a two step crack repair process completed.

  • First step is to have the crack injected to ensure it does not leak anymore.
  • Second step is to apply a carbon fiber strap along the entire length of the crack to prevent it from opening up any further.  Having this combination repair will ensure you will never have to deal with the crack expanding or leaking again.

If you have a crack in your concrete foundation and would like to have it repaired contact us by phone 289-880-7988 or you can click here to submit your request via email


Rod Holes & Snap Ties

To properly address a leaking rod hole or tie rod we complete the following procedure:

  1. The wall around the affected area is surface ground and cleaned.
  2. A hole is drilled on a 45 degree angle beside the rod hole/tie rod so it hits it in the center of the wall.
  3. A packer tube is installed into the hole that was just drilled.
  4. Epoxy is applied to the wall directly over the rod hole/tie rod.
  5. Once epoxy has cured an injection gun is connected to the packer tube and polyurethane is injected into the hole sealing it for good.

If you have multiple rod holes that are leaking it may be worth considering either external waterproofing or an internal de-watering system if you are finishing your basement.  This would guarantee that if other rod holes/tie rods were to leak at any point in the future you would be protected from water entering into your living space.

If you are interested in having your leaky rod hole/tie rod repaired contact us by phone at 289-880-7988 or you can click here to send your request by email.


Repairing Foundation Cracks with Carbon Fiber

carbon fiber foundation repairs

If the crack is small and not leaking we offer a solution that will not allow it to spread open any further and will also prevent it from leaking in the future. We are a Certified Installer & Dealer of StrongHold Carbon Fiber Crack Repair Kits, and as such, we offer the very best solution to repair concrete foundation cracks – Carbon Fiber Strapping

Here are the steps to complete a foundation repair with a carbon fiber strap:

  1. We surface prep the wall by surface grinding the affected area to ensure proper bonding will take place.
  2. The crack is scribed out to expose as much of it as possible and then vacuumed out to ensure it is clean.
  3. A coat of epoxy is then applied over the entire length of the crack and allowed to dry
  4. We then apply a primer to the area that has been epoxied over in order to obtain maximum adhesion.
  5. A saturant is then rolled onto both sides of the carbon fiber
  6. The carbon fiber is then applied to the primed section of the wall directly over top of the crack.
  7. Now simply wait for the area to cure and you are ready to paint or finish over top of your newly repaired wall.

That’s all there is to it!