Everybody wants a dry, safe, healthy home. But our changing climate isn’t a situation that is going to suddenly reverse itself. The home’s foundation walls and basement floor are under constant water pressure (hydrostatic pressure, as the soil becomes more saturated), a situation that worsens with heavier rains and more rapid snowmelts, on top of the fact that city sewer and drainage infrastructures are aging and are less reliable.
So perhaps you find water in the basement, or water stains on the walls. Perhaps there is a musty smell, or the onset of mould, in the basement area.
Inaction is not a solution – it will only get worse. Water will always find its way through – concrete is a porous material. It will absorb water. It will erode over time. A particularly vulnerable area is where the concrete floor meets the wall, or through the mortar between concrete blocks.
You can do it yourself. There are plenty of YouTube videos. You can apply sealant to cracks. But that’s more like a finger-in-a-dam solution.
The most proactive, effective way of tackling the problem is an Exterior Waterproofing solution.
It’s a major excavation project. There is a lot of soil to be placed up on the ground. It requires expertise both in the products being installed and the process of installation itself. For example, without the gravel on top of the new perforated weeping tile/pipe, and soil below it, the system won’t work. The holes in the pipe need to be pointed the right way (down). A fabric barrier and gravel in the system helps keep dirt from clogging holes in the pipe. There are many different steps involved.
If done properly, this is the best way to protect the basement of a home from water seepage, or worse, a flood. It tackles the problem at its source.
But it’s complicated and labour-intensive, and needs to be done the right away. Get it wrong and water will still leak in. It will be challenging to go back for a do-over. It’s probably best to leave a job like this in the hands of professionals – so it’s done correctly the first time.
How can we help you?
Waterproofing your wet basement is an important part of protecting your home from water damage, mould, mildew and foundation issues. When water enters through your foundation it can cause serious damage to the structure of your home, and potentially cost you thousands of dollars in repairs that could have been avoided. Give us a call today and receive a free foundation assessment.
Exterior waterproofing will stop all your leaky basement problems and leave you with a completely dry basement, free from mould and mildew.
Canada Waterproofers can help you with your leaky basement. We have been helping people in Toronto, Scarborough, Mississauga, Oakville, Brampton, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Burlington, and the surrounding areas for many years.