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Garage Foundation Crack Repair

The portion of your home foundation and often the most costly to repair is your attached garage We tend to concentrate on the foundation that surrounds our basement area and rightly so. Springtime with its melting snow and rainy days raises the risks of basement leaks...

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Wet basement can be accentuated by blocked downspouts.

 The severity of a wet basement due to blocked downspouts can be reduced. Anyone who has purchased a home and used the services of a Home Inspector is familiar with the statement " Positive drainage away from the house." This applies in both winter and summer but...

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Basement leak repairs are all about the point(s) of entry.

Basement leak repairs are all about the point(s) of entry. It may mean opening up the drywall in the basement. This time of year in Ottawa,  Ardel Concrete Services receives numerous calls for wet basements. A significant number are related to ice damming. Gravity has...

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Basement leaks in winter?

I have heard many times, clients say with astonishment, "It never leaks in the summer, you would think when the ground is frozen in the winter, it wouldn't cause basement leaks". Let me explain why this happens. The ground around the house freezes and the frost goes...

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Foundation cracks due to frost quakes

Last winter in Ottawa, many of us heard the term frost quake for the first time. Foundation cracks can occur due to this phenomenon.  The cause is water draining into the ground, expanding as it freezes. This puts stress on its surroundings including foundations....

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Winter foundation problems!

Garage foundation cracks are a result of the freeze/thaw cycles we experience in Ottawa. Unlike the basement foundation where heat loss minimizes the effects of adfreeeze, the unheated, no basement garage foundation is often greatly affected by ground frost...

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How To Repair Your Cracked Driveways

You don’t only need to have your driveway built well, you need to ensure that you maintain it so that it stays in the best condition possible. Things like excessive heat, standing water, freeing water, shifting of the ground, tree roots, expansion/contraction of the...

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Fixing Cracks In Concrete

You would think that concrete is the one doing the cracking, but instead, it’s the one getting the cracks. There are ways to fix that, though. The methods for fixing the cracks are dependent on the crack’s size. We’ll show you how to fix both narrow and wide cracks in...

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Steps To Make Your Basement Waterproof

Some common problems within homes are the fact that their basements are humid, damp or leaky. This can be really frustrated for the folks who have a lot of plans for their basement besides providing residence for the creepy-crawly basement creatures. That’s why we are...

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Sealing A Concrete Slab

Cracks in the concrete are not only a horrible sight; they can also lead to bigger, more costly problems. You don’t only need to focus on foundation cracks – you need to be cautious of wall cracks and control joint cracks too. You should seal a control joint crack to...

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