Q&A

Ridgeback Basement Systems Q&A

Can you build a crawl space on top of a cement slab?

A slab foundation is made of concrete that is typically 4" to 6" thick in the center. The concrete slab is often placed on a layer of gravel for drainage or to act as a cushion. Houses built on a slab lack crawlspaces, and there is no space under the floor.

How big a deal is cracks in the foundation?

All cracks should raise a concern. With climates changing, it won't take long for the crack to become larger. 

 

There are different types of cracks that raise different concerns. If the crack is vertical, that is a sign of hydrostatic pressure on the exterior of the home. Hydrostatic Pressure is when there is a significant amount of water sitting on the exterior foundation. With the force of the Hydrostatic pressure, older foundations especially cannot without the weight, and begin to form cracks. These cracks can start as a hairline crack, but over time expand to much larger if not treated when the crack first appears. 

 

A horizontal crack in your foundation is due to hydrostatic pressure along with foundation settlement. The weather in the Maritimes fluctuates quite frequently causing the ground beneath and around homes to thaw and unthaw frequently. This can cause settlement of the foundation leading to inward deflection and further foundation issues may arise if the crack goes for an extended period of time. 

 

Thankfully Ridgeback Basement Systems deals with all types of cracks, and we are here to help! 

 

Contact us today at or check out our website to learn more about the services we provide. 

902-468-4045 

www.ridgebackbasement.ca

 

How can I keep warm the cottage crawl space?

We have many patented Basement System products that are installed for insulation of crawlspace. We can also encapsulate the space to create a barrier with the ground floor and your home. 

 

Contact us today at or check out our website to learn more about the services we provide. 

902-468-4045 

www.ridgebackbasement.ca

How deep should a crawl space be nova scotia canada?

Crawlspaces can be a variety of different depths. We have worked in very tight quarters. You should contact a building inspector for the correct measurements.

 

Contact us today at or check out our website to learn more about the services we provide. 

902-468-4045 

www.ridgebackbasement.ca

How do you get rid of moisture in crawl space?

We have a patented CleanSpace Encapsulation product that is installed. It creates a barrier between the ground and your home. Paired with a SaniDry Sedona dehumidifier, there will be no moisture, and the air coming into your home will be clean.

 

Contact us today at or check out our website to learn more about the services we provide. 

902-468-4045 

www.ridgebackbasement.ca

How do you know if you have foundation issues?

There are many ways to detect foundation issues: - sagging or uneven floors - bouncy floors - cracking around windows and doors - floor tile cracking - visible foundation movement. Along with horizontal cracking of the foundation wall, inward or outward deflection of walls. 

 

Contact us today at or check out our website to learn more about the services we provide. 

902-468-4045 

www.ridgebackbasement.ca

How to repair a foundation crack?

We use our three-step crack repair system, Flexi-Span. After installed the product is able to move with the concrete to eliminate the crack opening back up. This is THE BEST way to repair a foundation crack.

 

Contact us today at or check out our website to learn more about the services we provide. 

902-468-4045 

www.ridgebackbasement.ca

What do I do if foundation has cracked and shifted in one spot?

The first sign, if exposed, would be a crack in the foundation wall. If not, during an inspection, our sales specialists have tools like a thermal reader that indicates water/moisture. If there is visible shifting of the foundation, you would reach out to a repatriable company, such as Ridgeback Basement Systems, for a free inspection to have one of our system design specialists inspect the cracking and shifting. This could be a result of foundation settlement, hydrostatic pressure, and depending on the foundation type, could lead to extensive damage to your home. 

 

Contact us today at or check out our website to learn more about the services we provide. 

902-468-4045 

www.ridgebackbasement.ca

What kInd of insulation should I put In my crawl space?

At Ridgeback Basement Systems we always suggest our CleanSpace Encapsulation paired with a SaniDry Sedona and Foamax insulated panels. The CleanSpace will ensure the area is dry, the SaniDry will prevent moisture accumulation and the Foamax will insulate the walls. Which will in turn, lower heating costs, your home will have warmer floors, and your crawl space will have a nice, clean finish. 

 

Contact us today at or check out our website to learn more about the services we provide. 

902-468-4045 

www.ridgebackbasement.ca

Who do you call for a leaky basement in Sydney Nova Scotia?

The experts at Ridgeback Basement Systems of course! Contact us today at or check out our website to learn more about the services we provide. 902-468-4045 www.ridgebackbasement.ca

Will turning on heat in basement help with humidity?

No, it will not. If you have high humidity, it is an indicator of moisture or water. This can only be reversed by a dehumidifier. Our SaniDry Sedona can pump 100 pints of water per day. With a Sedona, your basement will be dry and not humid.

 

Contact us today at or check out our website to learn more about the services we provide. 

902-468-4045 

www.ridgebackbasement.ca

our service area

We serve the following areas

Nova Scotia
  • Arcadia
  • Barrio Lake
  • Brazil Lake
  • Brenton
  • Brooklyn
  • Canaan
  • Cape Forchu
  • Cape St. Marys
  • Carleton
  • Cedar Lake
  • Central Chebogue
  • Chebogue Point
  • Darlings Lake
  • Dayton
  • East Kemptville
  • Forest Glen
  • Gardners Mills
  • Greenville
  • Halifax
  • Hebron
  • Hillview
  • Kelleys Cove
  • Kemptville
  • Lake Annis
  • Lake George
  • Mavillette
  • Milton Highlands
  • North Chegoggin
  • Norwood
  • Overton
  • Pembroke
  • Pleasant Lake
  • Pleasant Valley
  • Port Maitland
  • Richfield
  • Richmond
  • Salmon River
  • Sand Beach
  • Sandford
  • Short Beach
  • South Chegoggin
  • South Ohio
  • Stirling
  • Summerville
  • Wellington
  • Woodstock
  • Woodvale
  • Yarmouth
  • Yarmouth Bar
New Brunswick
  • Indian Island
Our Locations:

Ridgeback Basement Systems
30 Simmonds Drive Unit LP
Dartmouth, NS B3B1R3
1-902-800-4093
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