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Justin is the longest serving foreman at Advanced Basement Systems. He has an outstanding track record for having extremely satisfied customers. Justin has a vast knowledge on basement waterproofing and crawlspace repair making him an extremely efficient worker.
Justin is the specialist for installing the Everlast Wall Restoration System.
He enjoys spending time with his family and children, seeing friends and expanding his knowledge within the business.
A few years ago we were at this home in Thedford to waterproof the entire basement. They were so happy with... Watch Video »
Problem: Window wells are necessary to keep the structure around a window draining properly, keep water and debris away from the window and to improve egress.
Solution: We installed window wells on all the basement windows of this home.
Problem: An unfinished cold storage area is a great place to store items to keep cool, such as canned food, even in the warm summer months. Although closed off from the rest of the house, if there’s water penetrating any area, it creates a damp, humid and unhealthy environment which affects the entire home in what is known as “The Stack Effect”.
Solution: We installed a French drain system on the problem walls in the cold storage area, added a powerful sump pump with a battery backup for improved drainage and reliability and finished it off with our BrightWall® rigid basement wall system. Now this cold storage area is dry, heathy and will look fantastic for years to come.
Problem: Even newer homes can have problem basements. This basement often felt damp and smelled musty. Excess water vapour was entering the space from the unsealed sump pump lid.
Solution: To help control humidity, we installed the super quiet and efficient SaniDry™ Sedona Dehumidifier. It’s connected directly to their updated sump pump system, so with regular maintenance, these homeowners will never have to worry about excess moisture or a damp feeling basement again.
Problem: The homeowner required improved access to their crawl space.
Solution: We installed a steel window well, as part of the crawl space access is below grade and added an EverLast crawl space access door which seals tightly for an ideal crawl space environment.
Problem: This wet crawl space was causing problems for these homeowners in southwestern Ontario. The humid and moist environment caused their traditional fiberglass insulation to fall and become ineffective. Their entire home smelled musty as the odours from the crawl space affected their entire home.
Solution: We sealed off the outside environment which was causing the humid crawl space environment, encapsulating it with our heavy duty CleanSpace® Liner.
For improved comfort and better energy efficiency, we also used Spray Foam Insulation.
What a difference!
Problem: This older home showed evidence of water penetrating an unfinished basement. The problem has likely been occurring for years. The conditions in a wet basement or crawl space affects an entire home.
To understand this, let’s first look at how air circulates in a home.
- If there is water penetration in your basement or crawlspace, it increases the humidity level in your home.
- The lower areas of your home are cooler, and when this humid air warms (when it comes in contact with your heating system and floors, for example).
- This air rises throughout your home and escapes through the roof.
- More air is drawn in from the outside and up from the lower levels as air vents into the upper levels.
This airflow in your home is known as the ‘stack effect’.
The continual high moisture level in your home due to your wet basement or crawlspace is the ideal breeding ground for mould and allergens (such as dust mites). We know from the stack effect that this problematic air is circulating throughout your home.
This moist air not only affects your family’s health; it also affects the structural integrity of your home, energy costs, resale value and the overall enjoyment of your home.
Solution: Our products work together to give this homeowner a permanently dry basement:
- Perimeter drain – to direct water into the newly installed and superior;
- Moisture levels are kept in check with the extremely efficient, quiet and hassle-free Sani-Dry Sedona Dehumidifier
- The inorganic BrightWall Panels not only look great, but they are made of mould and mildew resistant, organic-free material
Now these homeowners are enjoying a healthier home and a clean & dry basement!
Problem: This historic home with a brick foundation in London had water entering the basement for decades. The basement was always very humid, damp and musty; the perfect environment for mould and mildew growth.
Solution: We installed a perimeter drain along the leaking walls which will move water into the home’s existing drainage system. To help keep the basement area comfortable and dry, our team installed ThermalDry® Basement Radiant Wall Barrier.
Problem: This drywall had some water damage. Drywall is made of organic material, which means it can rot and grow mould when exposed to moisture and water- which can be likely within a basement environment! The studs that hold the drywall up are made of wood, which can also rot. When this happens, a musty odour is noticed.
Solution: Our Everlast Wall Restoration System is completely inorganic! We also use metal studs. The chair rail and baseboard are made of PVC. The wall panels themselves are made of a concrete board with a textured vinyl finish that never needs to be painted!
Problem: A dirt floor crawl space can cause many problems in a home. High humidity is an unhealthy environment and a breeding ground for mould and allergens, as well as damaging to organic structures such as wood beams, joists and flooring.
Solution: We completely sealed this crawl space with our heavy duty crawl space liner (so durable you can easily walk on it and store items on it) – now the crawl space is dry and clean.
Problem: This dirt floor crawl space is allowing moisture into the home constantly with the earth being exposed. The humidity is high and there are odours in the main level of the home.
Solution: By installing an encapsulation system (moisture barrier) we can isolate the home from the earth. We also want to seal off all outside air. This space was also dehumidified to condition the air.
Problem: This home had a problem with flooding in the crawl space, creating wet, undesirable environment
Solution: An important element of a dry crawl space is a reliable sump pump system. Without one, a crawl space will still be vulnerable to groundwater, as well as unnoticed plumbing leaks. Our SmartSump system is designed for crawl spaces.
Inspector: Adam M
Problem: These homeowners were experiencing the negative affects of a damp, musty crawl space throughout their entire home.
Solution: We sealed the vents, updated their existing sump pump and encapsulated the entire crawl space. Our CleanSpace Liner stops moisture from passing through the dirt floor and porous concrete walls.
Now the homeowners are enjoying a healthier home!
Inspector: Adam M
Problem: These home owners contacted Advanced Basement Systems to improve their crawl space environment for the benefit and health of the entire home. The access area was unlevel, often wet and not properly enclosed.
Solution: With crawl space accesses, there are two important points to remember:
Our team did a great job improving this access area for ease of entry and to seal off the outside environment from the crawl space.
Problem: Unfinished basements can be a great area of the home to store household items that aren’t used regularly, but when shelving or storage bins line basement walls, they can hide the visible signs of water damage. When the physical water damage is present, but unseen, the basement will have a damp, musty odour and feel humid. There may also be mould growth on organic material such as cardboard boxes and wood.
Solution: Our basement waterproofing specialist discovered the areas of water intrusion, installed a French drain system, waterproofed the walls and finished it off with inorganic (mould resistant) thermal drywall.
Problem: This small concrete crock houses an inefficient pump. It's very small and any rush of water could flood the basement.
Solution: We removed the concrete crock and installed our attractive, large Super Sump unit.
Problem: These homeowners in Kent County were experiencing a leaky basement for years. They were reluctant to fix the problem as they assumed that their driveway and landscaping would be destroyed in the process. In the meantime, the wet basement environment was ruining their stored items, resulting in damage and mould.
Solution: Our basement waterproofing system does not affect the outside appearance of homes. Our system directs the leaking water away from the walls and floors and into a new drain and upgraded sump pump. We finished off the walls with our ThermalDry® Basement Radiant Wall Barrier which not only keeps the water from leaking into the basement but also improves the comfort of the entire home and helps to reduce energy costs.
Problem: This basement was wet and damp in the area near the sump pump. The old sump pit was open, allowing excess moisture into the already damp basement environment, and the older pump simply wasn’t powerful enough to work effectively. The unlined pit allowed dirt and debris to clog the old pump.
Solution: Our team waterproofed the leaky walls near the sump pump, dug out and formed a new pit, installed a TripleSafe Liner and inserted the super powerful Zoeller 1/3 hp sump pump.
With this serious upgrade and regular maintenance, these homeowners are assured that their basement will stay healthy and dry – permanently!
Problem: These Comber homeowners had two basement walls which leaked during heavy rains and an older sump pump with an open sump pit. These combined factors created a very humid and undesirable environment in their basement and throughout their entire home.
Solution: We waterproofed the problematic walls. The new perimeter drain will direct any water into their upgraded sump pump system – their new system includes a battery backup to help protect the homeowners in case of rain during a power outage. Our team finished off the walls with our ThermalDry® Basement Radiant Wall Barrier which not only keeps the water from leaking into the basement but also improves the comfort of the entire home and helps to reduce energy costs.
Because this home is prone to having a humid basement environment, these homeowners also opted to have the super quiet, efficient and hassle-free SaniDry™ Sedona Dehumidifier.
Smart homeowners! Thanks for choosing Advanced Basement Systems!
Problem: The access to this crawl space was very tight. The opening also allowed the undesirable outside weather and critters to enter the crawl space area.
Solution: We improved the drainage around the access, enlarged it to aid in entry and sealed it with one of our maintenance-free EverLast™ Crawl Space Doors.
Job done! Thank you for choosing Advanced Basement Systems!
Problem: These homeowners in Kent County contacted Advanced Basement Systems to improve their wet crawl space environment. At one time, the homeowners placed plastic on the ground to help control the moisture and damp environment from permeating the entire home: to no avail.
Solution: Our team offered a permanent solution for these homeowners. We:
- Removed the ineffective barrier
- Sealed off the crawl space from the outside environment
- Installed our super long lasting and durable Clean Space® Vapour Barrier
- Installed a sump pump especially designed for crawl spaces to help control this naturally wet space
All our products work together to create a clean and dry crawl space. With regular sump pump maintenance, these homeowners will enjoy a healthier home.
These Kent Bridge homeowners experienced water entering their basement a few times in the last 5 years. They were not only looking for a permanent solution to their leaky basement, but also an attractive finishing option.
Here’s what our team did:
Waterproofed the leaky basement walls with an in-floor drain which safely move water into the sump pump and away from the home.
We removed the lower part of the paneling and wood wall joists, as they were mouldy from the water entering.
We installed steel wall joists, which will never rot or grow mould.
We installed a radiant wall barrier which helps ensure any leaking water is directed into the in-floor drain.
What a fantastic transformation! We can assure you that these homeowners are thrilled with the results.
Problem: These homeowners were experiencing a problem prevalent in homes that have an open dirt floor crawl space:
- High humidity, resulting in a musty smelling home
- Cold floors in the winter
- High heating and cooling bills as they were continually heating and cooling the outdoor air which was making its way into the crawl space.
Solution: We sealed off the crawl space, encapsulating it with our Clean Space® Vapour Barrier, including the support columns. We sealed the exterior vents and added Spray Foam Insulation to the exterior walls.
Problem: This below grade entrance was causing problems for these homeowners as it was built without a proper drainage system in place. The area was wet, a slip and fall hazard in the winter months, and the concrete floor was flaking away.
Solution: Our specialists repaired the concrete, installed a trench drain in the floor of the entrance and directed the outlet to drain in the newly updated TripleSafe Sump Pump system.
Now the homeowners are once again enjoying the benefits of their below grade entrance!
Inspector: Adam M
Problem: This home had sagging floors and high humidity due to an exposed dirt floor.
Solution: Install a vapor barrier (CleanSpace) to isolate the home from the earth. Dig and pour new concrete footings and install steel support posts (jacks) that can be adjusted over time to lift the home back up. Install a high-performance dehumidifier.
Problem: This tight, uncomfortable and ugly access adds no value or practicality to the home.
Solution: Install a well (steel or vinyl) with a removable vinyl door. This is the EverLast Door. Only doors below grade need a well.
Problem: These Wallaceburg homeowners were experiencing problems in their home, such as high humidity, damp smells and even mould growth as a result of their excessively wet dirt crawl space.
The wet and unhealthy air is drawn upwards into the home from the dirt crawl space through tiny cracks - and although air molecules are microscopic, it caused huge problems in the home above.
Solution: We’re so pleased these homeowners contacted us to help them. During the inspection process, we noted the crawl space area lies low and is naturally prone to water entering. To remedy this, we installed drainage pipe, a powerful sump pump, specifically designed for crawl spaces to remove this water and a powerful, yet energy-efficient, near-maintenance-free dehumidifier to help further control the moisture in the space. We then completely sealed the crawl space with our CleanSpace liner and added spray foam insulation.
All of these products work together to ensure the water is kept away and the humidity level acceptable in the crawl space.
Now the homeowners can better enjoy their home!
Problem: This home in Port Lambton had significant and ongoing problems with water entering their basement even during modest rainfalls. Their old sump pump system was outdated, unreliable and needed replacement. The basement environment and the entire home was affected by this humid basement with musty smells and a damp feeling.
Solution: This was an incredible transformation! Our team waterproofed the leaky walls, installed a perimeter drain, installed the best sump pump system on the market (with a battery backup in case of a power outage!) and finished it off with BrightWall® panels. BrightWall® is a 100% waterproof rigid plastic panelling for unfinished basement walls. It's durable, washable, and will not support the growth of mould or rot.
These homeowners will now enjoy their clean and dry basement and healthier home.
Problem: This older sump pump simply couldn’t keep up during times of heavy rainfall. The pit also required updating as it was open and a tripping hazard.
Solution: We waterproofed the problematic walls in the basement, so it was the perfect time for an upgraded sump pump. With regular maintenance, our products work together to give this home owner a dry basement – permanently.
Now these home owners are enjoying a healthier home and a clean & dry basement!
Inspector: Bryan Myers
Problem: Behind stored items, water was penetrating into this basement on two walls and within the cold storage area. This extra moisture was creating an unhealthy environment and was damaging the home owners’ storage nearly every time there was a heavy rainfall.
Solution: Our crew successfully installed a complete waterproofing system on the affected walls of the basement.
These homeowners can now store their belongings feeling confident that they won’t be damaged by a leaky, wet basement again.
Problem: One of the biggest hassles a home owner can experience is water leaking into and damaging a finished basement. That’s exactly what happened to these homeowners in Tecumseh.
Solution: Our team makes the process of creating a permanently dry basement (with regular maintenance, of course!) an easy, affordable and hassle-free experience.
These happy homeowners can now once again enjoy their basement living space. Learn more about our basement waterproofing system by clicking here.