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ASHWORTH DRAINAGE BLOG

Basement Window Well Issues?

August 19, 2016
Flooded window well rocks window flooding flooded basement

One of two things are currently on your plate right now, you’re either looking at installing windows into your basement and need to add some window wells, or you’re looking to replace a couple of currently existing window wells; either way there’s a couple of things you’ll need to consider before you pick up a shovel and attempt it yourself. If you’re not sure just what a window well is, it’s okay, we’ll help out there too! (more…)

Contractor Nightmares?

August 12, 2016
contractor nightmare Creepy stalker guy

After noticing that your basement is damp, or has a nasty tendency of leaking every time you get a decent rain, you’ve made the decision of getting your basement waterproofed. A quick Google search brings up a multitude of different companies, but one in particular catches your eye. They’re highly rated, and their site is professional looking, with some amazing reviews to back them up. With this in mind, coupled with their reasonable pricing, you decide to take a chance on them. What happens next, isn’t what you expected. Instead of the friendly, professional service you had read about, you’re confronted with a contractor nightmare. Their machinery rolls across not just your yard, but your garden as well, the truck meant to carry away the dirt and debris following it. No barriers, nothing to protect your lawn or your neighbors lawns from being torn up. (more…)

My Basement Flooded, Now What?

August 8, 2016
vacuuming water from the ground flooded basement
Floods are acts of God, but flood losses are acts of man. Click To Tweet

With all the rain we’ve been getting lately, it’s a high possibility that you’ve been afflicted with one of the homeowner’s worst nightmares: a flooded basement. Don’t panic, we’re going to cover the bases on what needs to be done in this blog, and help you where we can! If your basement hasn’t flooded, it doesn’t hurt to read over this blog to prepare yourself just in case it does happen; it’s better to be prepared and ready to take action as opposed to panicking after all! Before we get too far into the cleanup process, however, we strongly recommend that you call your insurance company right off the bat. There are things they may be able to assist with, and they also need to be kept in the loop about any potential property damage. Let them know what’s happened and the steps you want to take, as that could affect your policy. (more…)

Basement Apartments: What You Must Know!

July 25, 2016
Stylistic Basement Apartment

Basement apartments; a good way for a person to either potentially help pay off their mortgage or help with their bills, or a good ‘starter’ apartment for those who don’t mind living under the ground. While this can turn into a win-win scenario for both parties, it can also turn into a massive, wet mess. After all the rain we’ve been getting (and are about to get) we thought we’d talk about both sides of the ‘basement apartment’ coin. If you’re a homeowner with a basement you don’t use, you’ve got a lot to think about before you convert it into an apartment.for rent sign
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So Many Cement Options…

July 15, 2016
concrete sidewalk

With summertime weather comes an assortment of activities, including family get togethers, pool parties, barbeques; the list goes on. As a homeowner, chances are you’ll wind up hosting a few, however winter may have been exceptionally rough on your cement surfaces. Not to worry, we here at Ashworth Drainage are here to help, and after some consideration, came up with a few things you can look at to spruce up your property using something you may not have considered before: cement.

 

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Buying a House? Check That Basement!

July 5, 2016
new home, Ashworth
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When you’re looking at new, potential homes on the market, there are so many factors that come into play, it can be hard to see all the potential problems that may spring up down the road. An example of something that’s overlooked quite a bit, are signs of a potentially leaky basement, something that could prove to be not only a huge headache, but a financial hardship down the road. In order to avoid that, we thought we’d help you by covering some of the basic things to look for in your potential basement when you’re looking at buying a house. (more…)

5 Common Canada Day Misconceptions from Ashworth Drainage

June 24, 2016
Canada Day, Ashworth Drainage
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Canada Day… the celebration of the birth of our fantastic, peace loving Nation. Ashworth Drainage prides themselves on their extensive Canadian knowledge?. How many of the following 5 Canada Day misconceptions were you aware of? (more…)

What Will You Do For Dad This Father’s Day?

June 15, 2016
Fater and son fathers day son boat on the lake with the sun set

With Mother’s Day in the past, we now look forward to the slightly more daunting Father’s Day. Let’s be honest, Dads can be harder to shop for – especially since they usually have pretty much everything they want or need, and socks and ties just doesn’t seem to cut it for every gift. So just what do you get the man who has everything? How do you show your appreciation for all that he’s done for you? Mom was probably pretty simple – flowers, chocolate, maybe a night out so she didn’t have to cook; but Dad… he’s a little harder. Sure you could default to some tool or another, but let’s face it, he probably already has one just like it or similar. Thankfully we’re here to help – or at least offer some ideas. (more…)

Dangerous Wet Basements

June 2, 2016
Old black mold, Basement

Having a basement in your home can prove to be a valuable asset as it gives you more room to store stuff or live in, and also increases the resale value of your home; but did you know that if your basement is damp or leaks often that it can cause some pretty big problems? If not, don’t worry, we’re here to help. Today we’re going over what you need to keep an eye out for, why a leaky basement is a very bad thing, and what steps can be taken to correct this issue. (more…)

Why Waterproofing Membrane Doesn’t Work

May 24, 2016
waterproofing Stone Round Stone

So you’re waterproofing your basement, a necessary task; but now you have an even tougher decision – which method do you want to use? With so many options out there, and with so many companies advertising one ‘fail proof’ method after another, it can get overwhelming. If there’s one thing I’ve noticed, is that when people are overwhelmed, generally they will go for an easy out. Of course some guidance is needed, and that’s why you’re here! (more…)

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