Waterproofing your basement from the outside is a great way to protect what will likely be one of the biggest investments you will make in your life. Waterproofing is like putting on a warm dry coat on your house, protecting it from the extreme Canadian weather.
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Foundations that leak cause severe damage to your basement walls, whether you live in an older, or newer home. If your basement is leaking you should think about having it repaired in the near future.
WHY DOES MY BASEMENT LEAK?
There are many ways your basement can be exposed to water leaks. If the piping is old and worn out it can cause condensation and erosion, leading to pipes bursting. Another example is when basements are excavated. New soils that are filled around the new foundation will be looser than the surrounding undisturbed ground. Water collects much faster in loose soil than undisturbed soil, so moisture builds up quick against the new foundation walls.
HOW CAN I STOP THE WATER LEAK?
The only way to relieve this pressure is to install protective layers on the walls, and a system of weeping tiles and sump pumps, so that this accumulation of water can be redirected away from the foundation and allow the surrounding soils to eventually dry and settle.
A leaking foundation may seem daunting to fix, but we can assure you with the right waterproofing method your basement will stay dry.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO STOP LEAKS?
Moisture is an enemy to any home, sparing no part of it. It can cause damage to your bricks, timber, concrete and cost you thousands of dollars to repair or replace. When these damages occur, not only is your home’s health at risk, but your health, and your family’s health, is at risk as well. Although it may seem harmless, mould spores can travel through your home, creating serious air quality issues. Waterproofing your basement will ensure this is never an issue.
Waterproofing your basement from the inside is another great option for certain houses. We prefer to waterproof from the outside, to tackle the problem at its source. But sometimes that can’t be done. For example, in many instances a home is built too close to a neighbouring home, making it impossible to excavate. So we move our work to the inside.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
Many companies like to tell you that interior waterproofing is the best option. They will tell you it protects your foundation walls from damage, but the truth is a little different.
Although you may not have any other option but to waterproof from the inside, at Canada Waterproofers Mississauga, we always like you to go into your waterproofing project with your eyes open.
Inside waterproofing will stop water from entering into your finished basement, allowing you to enjoy a dry living space, but there will always be a little bit of water trapped behind the membrane, which will over a very long time deteriorate your walls.
WHAT NOT TO DO AFTER WATERPROOFING IS INSTALLED
Using the wrong insulation and vapour barrier after an interior waterproofing solution is installed can mean you run the risk of condensation building up, which could mean mould behind your walls.
We like to call this the “mould sandwich”.
A mould sandwich is when you have two waterproofing impermeable layers, like a waterproofing membrane and vapour barrier, that doesn’t let moisture escape, allowing your rock wool insulation to become saturated, which will turn to mould.
HOW CAN I AVOID THIS?
There is actually a very simple solution.
After interior waterproofing is complete, all you have to do is have it spray foamed during the refinishing of your basement.
Spray foam becomes its own vapour barrier which eliminates that mould sandwich. Instead of having two waterproof membranes you get a continuous membrane, as the foam sticks to the waterproofing membrane and seals and insulates.
Interior waterproofing was introduced into Toronto many years ago and now interior waterproofing is effectively keeping area homes dry and free from water leakage.
PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT
Interior waterproofing has become popular in the past decade, as people are finishing basements more often in Toronto and the surrounding areas. Many area homes have a very close proximity to each other and the only way to protect these homes is to install interior waterproofing.
The average cost to finish a basement is around $50,000. That is why in this scenario it is very important to have your basement waterproofed prior to spending this kind of money.
If a basement is finished with drywall, for example, and a leak occurs, not only does all the drywall have to be redone but also the flooring, baseboards, and everything else, so that all the mould can be removed.
Make sure a waterproofing solution is installed prior to refinishing your basement. A water-damaged basement would normally cost an additional $20,000 to $30,000 to repair.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST FOR INTERIOR WATERPROOFING?
Interior waterproofing is much more cost-effective than exterior waterproofing, and that’s why many people go in this direction.
Interior waterproofing ranges from $65 to $125 per foot. The determining factors are concrete thickness, height of the basement, amount of footage, commercial or residential, and accessibility.
The best way to find out how much a project like this would cost is to give us a call so we can give you a free onsite assessment.
WILL INSURANCE COVER FLOOD DAMAGE?
Insurance companies are great for many things, but if you mention to the insurance adjuster seepage or leaking after your basement gets flooded due to any type of leaking, which includes window wells, a cracked foundation that leaks, sump pump failure, then you’re on your own.
Give your insurance company a call to add extra coverage so that you can be more protected.