March 13, 2015
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.
March 12, 2015
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.
- 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.
March 11, 2015
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.
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 dehumidifierâ��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.
March 9, 2015
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.