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Waterproofing is an important part of protecting your home from water damage. Interior and exterior options are available.

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Underpinning

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Concrete Floors

Installing a new concrete floor in your basement is a good way to solve any issues that you have with uneven floors, musty smells, cracks and other

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Backwater Valve & Sump Pump

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We love our city Toronto, despite its cold weather giving our bones a chill every now and then. Toronto is notorious for its almost unexpected and spontaneous snowstorms that bring hordes of snow all around the city.

Recurring rains and snowfalls create a growing risk of houses getting flooded with water, which seeps into the ground after some time. This makes us at Canada Waterproofers grow anxious of our dear citizens, who seem to be really unaware of the leakage sneaking up on their carefully constructed properties.

To give you a fine introduction, Canada Waterproofers is one of the best and sought after waterproofing companies that is well known for its experience and guaranteed service for guarding your homes against water leakage and drainage problems.

After taking a comprehensive survey around the city of Toronto and other small towns in Canada, we found out that every resident here is well aware of the problems caused by water leaking into their house, and underground drainage system.

In more than half of the cases we dealt with here in Toronto, we were amazed that the constructions were just at the verge of breaking down entirely and that the basement walls had developed excessive moulds with fungus lying upon them like a fine carpet sheet. We felt horrified by seeing how big a disaster these people were facing.

This led us to form a core team of experts who are experienced and well-knowledgeable regarding the basement water leakage – causes and symptoms, the need and advantage of waterproofing and the mechanism of underground drainage system. The experts in this core team are also very proficient in handling any kind of situation.

We at Canada Waterproofers, take pride in our workmanship in providing the safest, most efficient and most affordable outcomes for your basement leakage problems. We offer comprehensive waterproofing solutions for your home that works not only internally but also externally.

We advise waterproofing of the basement walls and the entire construction so that future winters, your property structure will withstand the formidable snowstorm and heavy downpours without any leakage or cracks in the walls.

You can give us a call or drop an email at our contact us page in our website, should you:

  • Notice any water droplets upon your basement walls
  • See any warped panelling
  • Feel any dampness or slight coldness on the walls (place your palm against the walls)
  • Notice any cracks, minor or major on inside or outside of house
  • Feel any foul smell emanating from walls or any bad odour lingering heavy on air
  • See any kind of chalky substance or powdered deposit on the walls
  • Find any brownish black fungus spring out on wall
  • Find any rust on your furnace or see your water pipes sweating

The basement is just not one of those parts of the house that a homeowner thinks about all the time. This is the case until something bad happens down there for instance the foundation is damaged due to rot or there is a serious problem like mold or rodents. Then they panic and wonder why they never went down there occasionally.

Even though the basement might not be one of your living spaces, you need to give it as much attention as the rest of the house. The following are some reasons why you need to give your basement more attention than you do and waterproof it.

 

1. To keep you and your family healthy

You might not know it yet but having a dump and musty basement may cause you and your family health problems. Excess moisture in your basement is a perfect growing environment for mold and mildew. Mold and mildew release spores into the air, which then moves to the rest of the house carried by the warmer air from the basement. Your family then inhales the spores and with time, they develop respiratory complications.

 

2. Save money for utility bills

Everybody would like to save on some cash wherever they can. Waterproofing your basement provides you with a great opportunity to save a lot of money in your utility bills. Damp air in your basement increases the heating and cooling energy used in your house since heating damp air requires more energy than heating dry air. By waterproofing your basement, you reduce the level of dampness in your house and in so doing reduce the level of energy consumption. This will eventually reflect in your utility bills.

 

3. Make use of dead space

With time, we collect items that we have used often but no longer use too frequently today. We may not be willing to get rid of them as we still use them occasionally and may need them in the future, or want to sell them sometime later. We definitely need to store them somewhere before that time comes. Why pay for storage out of the house when we can utilize the dead space in the basement? Remodel and waterproof the basement and you have yourself the perfect storage room.

 

4. Raise the value of your home

A messy basement reduces the value of your home as it shows the house might one day cave in. A well taken care of basement shows responsibility and will increase the value of your house should you ever want to sell it in the future. Even if you do not plan to sell it, you can turn it into a living space like an entertainment room or game room.

 

5. Gain peace of mind

Natural occurrences like rains and floods may pose a threat to your house if your basement is not waterproofed. Since you have no control over floods and rains, you should prevent them from harming you by waterproofing. The damage that comes from the excessive buildup of moisture in your basement resulting from the rains may cost you a lot of money unnecessarily.

As a homeowner is natural to want to keep your house looking its best, after all for most individuals their home is their biggest investment. Most people rely on their homes equity to build up assets and for retirement cushion. So a smart thing to do is to protect your biggest investment from any kind of damage before it happens, so the cost doesn’t get out of hands.

A good way to start would be to protect the basement from any kind of water damage or flooding; after all insurance companies doesn’t cover flooding. Savvy homeowners have being preventing flooding before it can happen by installing sump pumps, backwater valves and having interior waterproofing or exterior waterproofing done at their property.

What is a sump pump and how does it work?

Sump pump is a device designed to collect all the water that accumulates around homes foundations and redirects it away from it. Sump pumps are typically installed in basements to help keep basements dry and to prevent floodings that could cause several thousands of dollars in damage to homeowners.

The way sump pumps work is by pumping out the water collected by the weeping tile system, that is located around the houses foundation. The water is pumped away from the house typically on the yard around 10 feet away.

Types of sump pumps

There are two types of sump pumps available:

Pedestal sump pump.

The pedestal sump pump motor is mounted on a pedestal outside the sump pit, this type of sump pumps motor cannot get wet, the positive side of this type of pump is that is cheaper to run, but if there is a heavy rain fall pedestal sump pumps are usually not capable to keep up with high volume of water.

Submersible sump pump

The submersible sump pump’s motor goes inside the pit, making it sometimes the preferred choice because it is less noisy; also submersible sump pumps perform better during heavy rains or storms, because they have the greater capacity to pump more volume of water, because they come available with bigger horse power.

Tips

  • When having a sump pump installed never pump the water into the city sewers or septic tank.
  • Make sure the outside discharge pipe has enough slope, so the water can drain fast enough to prevent freezing during the winter months
  • We suggest installing a power back up pump, in case of a power shortage happens during heavy storms.
  • Always use the services of licensed plumbers to install sump pumps
  • Perform yearly check ups on your sump pump to keep it running at its best.

By installing a sump pump, waterproofing the basement, and also installing a backwater valve homeowners can have peace of mind that they are taking the steps towards the right direction to keep their basement dry and preventing basement floodings. Prevention is actually cheaper thanks to rebates programs available by the government for flood prevention where homeowners can save up to 80% of the cost of the installation.

Most people do not realize how important basement waterproofing is until the rainy season sets in and they notice that their basement is damp. This causes mold problems in the basement, which is a health hazard for the family. Luckily, this is quite a common problem and there are several ways to solve it.

Now, having molds in the basement is a scary proposition for most homeowners and the moment they realize there is mold they go into panic mode. Before jumping into the more expensive mold solutions, there are other simpler ways to deal with the problem if it is not severe. Waterproofing your basement can be a simple but effective solution to the dampness and mold problem in your basement. Below are some steps you can follow towards waterproofing your basement.

1. Check on your gutters

 

Check on your gutters and ensure that there is no clogging in them and that they release the water they collect to a minimum of five feet away from the base of your house. This will make sure that the water runs off and is absorbed into the earth and not let to come back and enter your basement walls through the little cracks and dampen the entire basement. For some houses, this is all the proofing required.

2. Dehumidify

 

You should consider getting a high quality dehumidifier to remove the water from your basement air and keep the air dry. The dehumidifier will pull out air from your furniture and cloths and dry out the wet spots in the basement helping you keep the mold at bay. This is one of the most important steps you can take towards keeping your basement mold free.

3. Keep the outside out

 

Try to keep the outside out of your basement. Unless you really need the air, keep the basement windows closed at all times. You need to caulk up all the openings leading to your basement like the pipes, culverts, windows, tubes, trapdoors, and any other connection to the basement. This is to make the dehumidifier�s job easier.

4. Proof painting

 

After you have taken the measure to dry the basement and you are satisfied that it is, move everything out of there and then proof paint all the walls and ceilings using waterproofing paint. Since the paints are hardly foolproof, you will need to maintain the ventilation techniques mentioned above to keep your basement dry. It is no perfect solution but it is the most you can hope to accomplish without involving a contractor.

5. Wall watchers

 

After you have taken all the above measures, your next big job is to keep an eye on your walls and check for cracks. Even the smallest crack in the wall can let in water or grow very fast and ruin all the measures you had in place. If you keep seeing cracks in the walls then you should know either you did a lousy job at waterproofing your basement or your house is in a worse condition that you thought. Either way, at this point, you need to call in a professional to handle the situation.

Homeowners might have several concerns and questions about sump pumps and their operation. Some wonder whether they should install them at all and some of them encounter problems that they have no idea how to handle. Below are some of the most common questions and concerns homeowners have about sump pumps:

 

1. Is it necessary to install sump pumps if I rarely experience floods?

Some people will argue that their basements rarely flood and therefore they should not install sump pumps. This is a personal decision that everyone has to make. You have to weigh the costs of installing the sump pump against the costs of dealing with flood damage and see which risk you are willing to take. However, it is wise to be safe than sorry. Whether the basement is being used as a living area or just storage, it should be kept dry at all times and installing a sump pump helps with this.

 

2. How do I prevent the sump pump drainage pipe from freezing?

The pump uses the pipe connected to the outside of the house to get rid of the water in the basement. If the end of this pipe that is exposed to the outside weather freezes, the pump is rendered useless and is bound to malfunction and bring you problems, flooding among them. You can use a device called a Freeze Stop to keep the water flowing even when the pipe is frozen.

 

3. What is the most common reason for a sump pump failure?

The most common cause of sump pump failures is switching problems. At times, the pump switches inside the basin resulting in the float operating the switch to dislodge against itself. Another common factor is collection of debris and dirt interfering with the proper workings of the pump. You have to ensure that the sump pump switch is working without any hitches and there are no debris stuck in it. Also, make sure that the float-arm system does not have anything hindering its free movement.

 

4. What is the difference between a standard sump pump and a grinder sump pump?

Sometimes, users get confused between a standard sump pump and grinder sump pump. They also often do not know which one to install. A standard sump pump is designed to get rid of the water that percolates in the pit inside the basement to a location far from the base of the house. On the other hand, a grinder sump pump, just like its name suggests, is designed to macerate the sewage and then pump it out into the main sewer line. Since the pumps both have totally different functions in the house. Whichever choice you make between the two highly depends on the function it is intended for.

 

5. How do I know my pump will still work after a long period of disuse?

Some people rarely need to use their pumps until the rains set in. After a long period of disuse, the fear of the pump failing to kick in when the water starts filling the basement is well founded. To ensure the pump is operating right, check it often to ensure no debris are clogging it.

If you are planning to renovate your basement, you need to think about the overall cost of the project. You have to think about the cost of materials, labor and other costs. One of the most important steps when renovating this space is basement waterproofing. Investing in waterproofing will cost you upfront, but the good news is that you can actually end up saving money in the long run. You can think about basement waterproofing in Toronto as a long-term investment. Following are some ways basement waterproofing can help you to save money.

 

Save on your energy costs

Waterproofing your basement will help to reduce your energy costs. The process involves sealing the foundation, which effectively shuts off the outside environment. The result of this is that there is less heat escaping during the cold winter months, which means you do not have to keep your heat on all the time and when it is on, it does not have to be all the way up. During hot summer months, there is less cold air escaping from the home and this means that you do not have to crank up the air conditioner all day. Improved indoor environment will mean that your energy bill can remain low.

 

Save on health expenses

Mold and mildew that thrives in dark and humid environments can be very harmful to the health. A wet basement can be responsible for a host of health complications. Basement waterproofing will help to prevent the growth of toxic mold and mildew by keeping away extreme moisture. The waterproofing will help to prevent air pollution that can endanger the health of your family. This means that your home will be safe and you do not have to worry about health complications. By keeping yourself and your family healthy, you can save on medical bills or trips to the doctor.

 

Protect your possessions

Replacing your furniture can be very costly and it is a huge inconvenience especially when you have to do so without much notice. Any homeowner knows that a flooded basement can have far-reaching negative consequences. The emotional, physical and financial toll can be huge when you consider that you have probably lost precious memorabilia and you have to repair damage and replace your damaged furniture. A waterproof basement remains warm and dry and it is safe from floods, leaks and water damage. You do not have to worry about the loss of valuable and irreplaceable items.

Lowering your premiums on your homeowner’s insurance policy

 

Insurance providers will always look for ways to keep customer claims at a minimum. When buying or renewing your homeowner’s policy, you should look for ways to benefit from discounts and lower rates. Insurance companies usually want the assurance that your home is as disaster, accident and theft proof as it can possibly be when offering coverage. Waterproofing your home helps to prevent floods, leaks and other damages and this can result in lower homeowner’s insurance rates.

A waterproofed basement can help to improve the overall value of your property. This means that if you are planning to sell the home sometime in the future, the basement renovation project will help you to get a better price. You can also convert the basement into usable space when you know that it will remain safe and dry.

Modern waterproofing techniques have now made wet and damp basements, a thing of the past. Over the past few decades, the construction industry has grown in leaps and bounds, especially when it is comes to waterproofing techniques and the material used for waterproofing basements.

Waterproofing is a necessity when any structure is built below or at the ground level. Many structures face moisture problems, which could be due to water seeping through tiny cracks in the foundation, or when the ground water reaches saturation and starts rising.

A wet basement leads to structural damage to the building and can ruin any expensive renovation. Cracked walls, mould, buckling walls and efflorescence are a sure-fire sign of water damage. The walls of the building can buckle and moisture seeping through the walls of your basement will eventually make it unliveable.

The techniques used for waterproofing a basement will stop water from entering the building, by the use of effective sealers and drainage. There are various techniques available for basement waterproofing, which include interior wall and floor sealants, interior drainage, and exterior drainage with waterproofing coatings.

For concrete foundation that has cracks and openings, interior floor sealants are used. Urethanes or Epoxies are pressure injected in the cracks, to fill them up in order to stop water leakage.

The interior drainage system uses a French drain to collect the water, before it enters the basement. It also uses vapour barriers to collect water coming from wall cracks, pipe protrusions, and directs it to the drain. This drain directs the water to a sump pump, which then carries the water out of the house.

When one needs to tackle condensation, interior waterproofing is the best option, especially, if the problem is that of minor dampness. Here, a sheet or tile covering will conceal drainage structures that carry and drain the water from the house.

Exterior waterproofing will help to stop moisture eroding the foundation of the building. A waterproof membrane, usually made of asphalt modified polyurethane is applied directly on the exterior walls of the foundation. Exterior drain tiles are also used, where a perforated pipe of a heavy duty material is used, which will be then connected to a sump pump.
Basement waterproofing will ensure that the property remains in a good condition and can fetch good value in the market. Whether the basement is used for storage or as a family room, it is important to keep it moisture and mould free to have a safe and healthy environment.