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How Much Does Basement Waterproofing Cost?

 

These costs are an average and each job is unique, Sometimes the cost will be lower or higher. If you want to find out exactly how much it will cost you to fix basement leaks then  contact us, Basement Waterproofing should be left to the professionals, so let Canada Waterproofers do your job so you know its done right!

 

EXTERIOR FOUNDATION WATERPROOFING COST... $100-$300

Per linear feet, Depending on depth and access

BASEMENT WATERPROOFING TORONTO SERVICE

INTERIOR FOUNDATION WATERPROOFING COST… $70-$200

Per linear feet.

INTERIOR WATERPROOFING TORONTO

CRACKED FOUNDATION REPAIR COST… $1600-$3200            

Depending on depth & width of foundation crack.

FOUNDATION REPAIR TORONTO

SPOT REPAIR UP TO 8 FT WIDE AND 8 FT DEEP COST... $1600-$3200

Depending on width and depth of waterproofing.

exterior waterproofing cost

WINDOW WELL INSTALLATION WITH WATERPROOFING COST… $1600-$3800

Depending on size and depth of window well required.

Waterproofing Toronto basement from outside

EGRESS WINDOW INSTALLATION, NOT INCLUDING THE ACTUAL WINDOW… $3200-$5800

Per job & size of opening required.

Window well and foundation leak fixed

SUMP PUMP INSTALLATION COST... $565-$3500

Depending If a sump pit is needed, or just a pump replacement.

BACKWATER VALVES AND SUMP PUMPS TORONTO

BACKWATER-VALVE INSTALLATION COST… $1600-$3700

Depending if a BWV is interior or exterior, and also depth of pipe

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5.0
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Soumen Saha
Soumen Saha
00:37 12 Apr 24
Andrew and his team are true professionals. They installed the backwater valve at my tenanted property in Etobicoke recently. I was having a toilet water clogging issue. I contacted my previous provider first but they did not help out with this issue. When I connected with Andrew, he came the next day and inspected the property and discussed the issue. I even did not meet him, he gave me a quote and it was quite reasonable. Andrew discussed with me the whole process. Within a week they installed the backwater valve. They came on time and finished it. These guys are amazing. I will not hesitate to contact them for any similar kind of issue or for other services if I need.
Burt Hurt
Burt Hurt
17:01 21 Feb 24
Great company. Excellent quote and advice from Andrew and a very hard working remedial team. what was required and didn't upsell.
Curran Egan
Curran Egan
14:08 01 Feb 24
Andrii came to look at our basement leak and was extremely helpful. He made some suggestions to help us isolate the problem and came by a second time to follow up. He assessed that the solution was something outside of scope of work for his company, but helped us get connected with a contractor who could do the job. I really appreciate his honesty, expertise, and friendliness, and would recommend Canada Waterproofers to anyone with a wet basement problem!
Munsa Rana
Munsa Rana
01:47 04 Dec 23
Super professional, fast, clean, and they know exactly what they’re doing. Extremely seamless service!! Thankful to this team
Anne Chappelle
Anne Chappelle
14:30 07 Oct 23
We’ve used Canada Waterproofers twice and had excellent service both times. A few years ago, they waterproofed our basement wall along the driveway, and they repaired the concrete driveway after the ground had settled. Recently, when we found water on the floor, we called Carl to help with a leak that appeared to be in our main stack. Carl sent Peter who expertly diagnosed and fixed the problem with minimal damage to the drywall. He replaced the kitchen drain pipe connected to the stack and replaced a faulty shut off valve under the sink. All of our interactions with Canada Waterproofers have been friendly and helpful. We have recommended them to family and friends.
Rocco Caputo
Rocco Caputo
13:46 04 Oct 23
I had a fantastic experience with Canada Waterproofers! Salesman Andrew was exceptionally knowledgeable, friendly and guided me through the entire waterproofing process as well as all possible options to solve my problem. He answered all my questions over multiple phone conversations and visits and never made me feel as though I was a bother. The hardworking crew, Dmitri, Victor, and Grigorii, displayed remarkable attention to detail and completed the job flawlessly all while keeping a tight, clean work area so my family could continue our daily routine without interruption of any kind. Haven’t seen guys hustle like that in a long time. I don’t often hire contractors to do work and when I do I take my time to find the right contractor. I can be picky and tough to please as my attention to detail can be excessive These guys hit the mark! Don’t look any further when hiring someone to perform any task listed on their website. My basement is now dry and secure. I highly recommend Canada Waterproofers for their expertise and dedication.
Eizvone Solis
Eizvone Solis
19:59 19 Sep 23
Slava Koval was the best!!! We had 2 different companies who came and quoted us tripled what we paid him. He was very honest and thorough. The other 2 companies couldn't provide us a straight answer and provided us insane quotes. I googled and found this company and gave it a shot. He came by right away to do a camera inspection and was blown away by his expertise. He told us what was wrong right away and helped us with other things. He even offered us complimentary camera inspection after 6 mos. If you google his name you'll see all happy clients. You wont be disappointed. Very honest guy and doesnt rob people! Thanks Slava and Canada Waterproofers!
Oludayo Sola (OctoberGirls)
Oludayo Sola (OctoberGirls)
12:53 26 Aug 23
I called this company to come investigate my basement leak and fix immediately. Upon investigation, it was made know it's was a plumbing issue. I dealt with Andrew and I couldn't question how intelligent he was which speaks from his years of experience. He did not have to rip the wall open. He walked around the house and checked all the wall outside etc .Oh well, it was indeed a plumbing issue and we paid nothing to get the leak source investigated.Thanks so much Andrew for your intellegent.I will recommend this company because it's clear they have experience employees that are ready to help and not take advantage.
Kathy S
Kathy S
23:20 25 May 23
Fast response and excellent knowledgeable assistance from Karl to diagnose the source of a damp carpet in our basement. Thanks so much and we will remember your company if we need help again in the future.
Corey Scarfo
Corey Scarfo
17:31 13 May 23
Carl and his team did an excellent job waterproofing a large section of my foundation, when finished everything was neat and clean. Carl and his team took pictures and videos during the repair which was very informative and helpful. Throughout the process he has been very responsive and accommodating, always happy to answer any questions that we have. His prices are reasonable and I would highly recommend him and Canada Waterproofers to anyone in need of waterproofing.
Tim Mann
Tim Mann
20:06 28 Feb 23
Valentine of Canada Waterproofers provided excellent service and good value for a faucet replacement and a further faucet repair. He was very polite and considerate and "went the extra mile" to provide good, reasonably priced service. Highly recommended!
Lorne R
Lorne R
21:13 04 Nov 22
Carl and the crew at Canada waterproofers are the best option in southern Ontario. Carl is honest and professional while delivering a high quality of work on schedule. They are patient and will answer your questions with easy to understand direction. It’s a no-brainer for any of your plumbing needs
Monica Lamb
Monica Lamb
20:04 17 Oct 22
This is the second time we’ve had Boris come to help us with our plumbing issues. Both times he was very courteous, knowledgeable and efficient. We highly recommend Boris to others looking for a solid plumber. He is our #1 go to!
Minesh Patel
Minesh Patel
19:09 14 Oct 22
I called as an emergency because my main water line was leaking. He came within 2 hours and had everything sorted out. Highly recommend this company for its efficiency and professionalism.
Stephen Waran
Stephen Waran
17:01 09 Sep 22
Valentine from Canada Waterproofers came to my house and did a FANTASTIC job repairing a water leak we had. He diagnosed where the leak was coming from and then voluntarily chose to repair it with a high quality copper pipe which typically would've costed more. He also noticed another issue with the pipes where the previous contractor had implemented a poor shortcut solution that would've broken down over time and fixed that proactively as well. Valentine and Canada Waterpoofers went completely above and beyond my expectations and did even more than what was required of the job. They did all this at great value for the dollar as well. Highly recommend this company and technician. Thank you for your service!!!
AK
AK
17:35 05 Sep 22
We had a problem with our shower drain leaking and a botched repair job by a previous plumber. We needed to call in the real professionals this time and Val was our guy. Rest easy if he's the one to answer your call.From his calm and calculated demeanor to his willingness to listen and provide the right solution, it was an absolute pleasure to deal with someone at the top of his field. Highest recommendation!
Kyle Michaels
Kyle Michaels
02:05 01 Apr 21
Wow these guys are amazing. I had the pleasure of dealing with Carl. I had quotes from other companies which were comparable or cheaper, however after speaking with Carl I knew without a doubt I would be choosing Canada Waterproofers. His no pressure approach, guidance and sincerity won me over.
cha veci
cha veci
03:03 01 Jun 20
Boris is a true professional 5 star rating plumber because he determined the source of the 2nd floor shower leak right away which 3 others plumbers from other companies failed. He fixed the problem without opening the main floor ceiling. He showed up on time, ensured quality service and charged us a reasonable price for fixing the shower, replacing garburator and replacing kitchen faucet. All 3 issues completed in less than 2 hrs. We are so glad we found Canada Waterproofers online. We will strongly recommend Boris from Canada Waterproofers to our families and friends for their plumbing problems.
Yamalay Gonzalez
Yamalay Gonzalez
14:51 27 Jan 15
Canada Waterproofers are a great company that have amazing workmanship.everyone that i dealt with at this company was honest and had a great knowledge.I would highly recommend this company to anyone.
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Filip Guzina
Filip Guzina
23:52 21 Jan 24
These guys are organised and tidy. They finished the work on time, protected everything inside my house in the area they were working and cleaned up at the end. I do not hesitate to offer a strong recommendation for their services.
loredanacaputo lc
loredanacaputo lc
18:35 15 Jan 24
I was very pleased with the work completed by Andrew and his team at Canada Water Proofers. The consult to execution was a seamless process- the interior waterproofing was done exceptionally well, on time and on budget. Couldn’t be happier!
Cornel Dsilva
Cornel Dsilva
19:17 11 Dec 23
Amazing service from Slava and team from the first contact till the end. Superb professionalism and a job well done.
Carla Meili
Carla Meili
23:41 12 Nov 23
We recently used Canada Waterproofers for 3 seperate, complicated basement water, drainage, and flooding issues. Carl and his team consistently provided outstanding customer service with quick responses, willingness to answer questions and explain issues clearly, giving us high degrees of confidence in their work. They made these stressful situations more manageable than we expected or imagined. We highly recommend their services. One of the best experiences we ever had with a house-related specialist.
Andrew Wang
Andrew Wang
15:26 13 Oct 23
I am always skeptical of companies in these types of industries receiving so many 5-star reviews but with this one, I get it. Similar to others, we had a fantastic experience with Canada Waterproofers. They did interior waterproofing (with sump pump installation), camera inspection and service pipe replacement (from outside the house), as well as a main water valve change for us. Andrew/Andrii (the client rep) was a joy to deal with; responsive, friendly, detail-oriented, and gave the most competitive quotes (balancing experience and price) out of the many places I reached out to. Andrew the technician and the rest of his team were also great; they were on time, worked efficiently but carefully, and were communicative and professional throughout. We had a complicated service pipe issue that required detailed inspection and some analysis on how best to tackle it and Carl (the owner, I believe) came to do the inspection himself, who was extremely knowledgeable and clearly very experienced. We received detailed quotes before accepting the jobs as well as professional looking packages with warranty certificates, etc. following completion. The way this company presented itself - which it then backed up with its work - made us feel confident and comfortable throughout the process and brought my anxiety way down (which is not an easy thing to do, as I'm sure Andrii, who patiently answered my many, many calls and questions, can attest to). I have yet to find any reason not to go back to them for all plumbing/waterproofing related work in the future.
Shahrzad Shahriari
Shahrzad Shahriari
14:26 05 Oct 23
The company is not after your money. Carl, the owner came to our house, inspected everything and explained all the steps. He is honest and has a sense of humour. Afterall, he did not recommend waterproofing our basement. Can't get any more honest than that!
Benjamin Klein
Benjamin Klein
12:48 25 Aug 23
Andrew and his team did an amazing waterproofing job for our basement. Andrew came to our house to do the estimate and I received the quote the next day with all the details. Throughout the process, Andrew was very responsive and the job was done on time. His crew were very professional and organized. I definitely recommend Canada Waterproofers for anyone who needs that kind of project to be done.
June
June
18:54 26 Jul 23
I've worked with Slava and his team multiple times. Once for basement waterproofing, the second time to fix a sewage pump disaster that another tradesman caused, a 3rd time to upgrade the water supply, and a 4th time to fix an emergency plumbing issue. All on different properties and occasions, and all of which have been excellent work done! Slava and his team are experts at what they do, pricing is fair, and always professional. There's a reason why I keep going back. Don't look anywhere else, this is the team you want to work with when it comes to waterproofing and plumbing!
Kruba Varatharajah
Kruba Varatharajah
17:09 18 Jul 23
Slava is amazing he has been doing this for years... I myself have used his service in two different properties, very wise good price and amazing service! Totally recommend if you have a water leak related problem at your house
Mylene Im
Mylene Im
01:50 15 Jul 23
You don’t need to call around for a waterproofing company. We’ve done it, and we won’t go anywhere else. Carl is professional, knowledgeable, personable, and timely. Most importantly, he provides HONEST advice during assessment. He’s helped us with our house in Mississauga and our rental property in Hamilton when we found water in both basements. Thanks again
hui z
hui z
01:11 04 Jun 23
Andrew from Canada Waterproofers just completed the installation of a new sump pump at my basement. He is knowledgeable and accommodating. The owner is very responsive as well. I used to doubt the authenticity of all 5 star google reviews under a single company. But Canada Waterproofers does deserve positive feedback. Thank you, guys!
Theo Southworth
Theo Southworth
17:52 02 May 23
We worked with Carl to quote out waterproofing our foundation. On top of the great customer experience during that quote process the on-site team doing the work was hard working, efficient, polite and eager.Carl went out of his way in terms of follow ups to ensure we were happy with the service.Highly recommend this service to anyone having issues with their waterproofing and foundation patching.
AJ Merrick
AJ Merrick
23:48 24 Mar 23
Andrew and his team (all the Andrews!) were fantastic. From the initial on-site inspection for basement foundation leak and sump pump installation quote, to all subsequent communication, booking a date that worked for our household, and day of repair, the team was professional, friendly, courteous, informative, honest, on time, super tidy, and provided excellent follow-up. I honestly can't think of a better experience for customer service and quality tradesmanship start-to-finish. Looking forward to quoting future underpinning work with this awesome crew.
David
David
19:11 23 Feb 23
I was having water leaking in our basement for a while just after periods of rains. ,but every time it rain the leak was getting worse , therefore making me more anxious. So after looking online for a reputable company I came across Canada Waterproofers. I gave them a call and got surprised on how quick they were able to come and take a look and give me the best solution to our situation. Not only was the technician very personable ,but the workers doing the job as well. When they finished actually the area they worked on looked better than before. Definitely will be recommending them.
S K
S K
00:53 02 Feb 23
Simply best in business. Amazing service and very professional guys. Did job fast and very clean! Highly recommend
Jessica
Jessica
14:40 27 Jan 23
We had an excellent experience with Canada Waterproofers - they completed basement waterproofing, a sump pump installation and a back water valve installation. Their prices were comparable to other companies and we appreciated that they provided all the services we required. Andrew was courteous and very helpful answering all our questions throughout the process; a pleasure to work with. The crew was quick and efficient, the worksite was left tidy at the end of every day, and the work was completed on time. We've had quite a bit of rain since the work was completed and everything has remained dry. Would certainly recommend Canada Waterproofers!
Terry M
Terry M
12:10 23 Jan 23
Carl and his team were excellent and we have no hesitation recommending. Having undertaken an entire home renovation Canada Waterproofers provided great recommendations and pricing. We had a very tight timeframe to get the work done to stay on schedule. They started on time and finished in half the estimated time allowing us to maintain schedule. Work included a complete replacement of all our underground sewer lines, moving of rough in’s, new window wells and an entire interior waterproofing of all walls.
An Chafe
An Chafe
23:10 25 Dec 22
This is our second time using Canada Waterproofers and would never call anyone else. Their first basement waterproofing job for us has held for the last 6 years with no problems despite occasional heavy rains. They gave us really beautiful window-well covers too- our friends and neighbours ask where to get them . Aside from great work, they are on time, on budget and very polite. Plus they take good care not to damage your property! Also, great communication and follow-up! Carl and his team are top notch!
Viktoriia B
Viktoriia B
01:23 25 Dec 22
Val did awesome job. He showed up on time and completed the job in a timely fashion at a reasonable price professionally answering all my questions. Wouldn't hesitate to hire him again if needed.
Sonia Pagliaroli
Sonia Pagliaroli
22:49 05 Nov 22
I would recommend Carl and his team. I used him in the past and referred him to others. Great people to deal with. Thanks guys!Angelo
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Elena gonzalez
Elena gonzalez
00:00 13 Oct 23
Excellent company I would highly recommend.
David
David
23:57 12 Oct 23
I was having water leaking in our basement for a while just after periods of rains. ,but every time it rain the leak was getting worse , therefore making me more anxious. So after looking online for a reputable company I came across Canada Waterproofers. I gave them a call and got surprised on how quick they were able to come and take a look and give me the best solution to our situation. Not only was the technician very personable ,but the workers doing the job as well. When they finished actually the area they worked on looked better than before. Definitely will be recommending them.
Jean-Marc Saldini
Jean-Marc Saldini
22:25 06 Oct 23
Canada waterproofers are by far the best waterproofing company in Toronto. I would say the best in Canada 🇨🇦. They can solve every aspect of your water issues in and around the house. There attention to detail and quick response to my major basement water issues saved the day for me and my family. I 1000000% recommend Canada waterproofers to everyone iN 🇨🇦
Jason Kingdon
Jason Kingdon
19:19 23 Jun 23
Want to commend Carl for his knowledgeable diagnosis and efficient service on a driveway trench drain repair. He was always accessible and approachable throughout the entire process. All questions were addressed in a confident and timely manner. Also want to thank Dima and his crew for their hard work. Upon completion the site was left in pristine condition. Canada Waterproofers came highly recommended by some past clients and we will do the same in the future. Will call on this company again if in need of a pluming issue or solution.
Sean Taggart
Sean Taggart
00:37 27 Apr 23
Thuan71 Lenguyen
Thuan71 Lenguyen
02:18 06 Mar 23
Happy with the service we received from Canada Waterproofers. They repaired our basement crack and did a really nice clean job. Thank you.
Anna Kan
Anna Kan
17:32 09 Nov 22
I did a lot of research before choosing this company. Met with Carl and he was super professional. His quote was reasonable and has lifetime warranty. I asked Carl to return to touch up on a small area and he was very responsive to my request. Absolutely great customer service with this company. I look forward to no more wet basements!
shuli zhang
shuli zhang
22:25 11 Sep 22
I am very impressed by the efficiency and professionalism performed by Carl and his team. Carl did the on site visit and gave me recommendations and a detailed scope of work, which was beautifully done on budget with no hidden fees. The workers were really hard working and very friendly. I am very happy with the service and thanks to the google reviews which help me find the company.
Rene Barrow
Rene Barrow
22:48 03 Jun 22
Carl was professional and great to work with. He and his team delivered as promised on budget and with no hidden fees or fine print. The crew was hard working, efficient and respectful. The work was well done and they paid attention to the details. They also did a great job cleaning up after themselves. They earned every one of the 5 stars I gave them. Well done! Very well done.
Alina Cherbu
Alina Cherbu
23:34 29 May 21
We were pleased with the service provided by Canada Waterproofers.Great job not without mentioning the knowledgable and honest staff.The team took a lot of care and attention to details in work and was able to eliminate the issue at its source quickly.
Greg Colins
Greg Colins
19:30 12 Jan 21
Plumber Val was terrific to work with. Was able to come out the next day to fix my leaking pipe. Professional, communicative, and friendly. Got the job done on time and on budget, and did a great job. Highly recommend Canada Waterproofers!
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Robert D'souza
Robert D'souza
20:28 06 Mar 24
This is an absolutely amazing company. They have pride in their work, good clean job . Amazing time frames . Communication is top notch from the workers to the owners. We were amazed by everything. The price/quote was more than fair. The owner was compassionate to our circumstances. Honestly, just thrilled to know this class of workmanship still exists. Honorable people. And fantastic work . Thank you!!
KUCHUKTV
KUCHUKTV
05:12 24 Dec 23
Professional services. Best estimate price. On time!
Don Kagan
Don Kagan
19:33 21 Mar 23
It was a pleasure working with Andrii. He’s very professional and reliable. I highly recommend Canada Waterproofers.
WMakeup Toronto
WMakeup Toronto
17:57 28 Feb 21
The best customer service, very fast and responsive. Work very clean and professional. Highly recommend Canada Waterproofers if you have leak in the basement as I did, they are right crew to fix it!
Stephanie Hill
Stephanie Hill
22:37 05 Jan 21
Great quality service! Thank you very much for fixing the leak in my basement. Job was done very professionally.
Alex K
Alex K
14:18 02 Dec 20
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IS YOUR HOME AT RISK OF FLOODING?

The issue of our times is a changing climate, and the impact that has on all of our lives. As the air becomes warmer, and temperatures rise up, that means a more intense water cycle, with more moisture evaporating into the atmosphere.

That leads to changes in rainfall patterns, and more storms. Downpours are more intense. There is more snow, which melts more rapidly.

With an increase in precipitation comes an increased risk of flooding. If you own or rent a house, with a basement, you know what we are talking about.

The home’s foundation drainage system is interconnected and complicated, and includes the city’s sanitary sewer lateral, perhaps a storm service lateral (in newer homes), a weeping tile system that channels water away from the foundation, drain pipes and sump pumps. Any failure there leaves the home exposed to flooding.

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BASEMENT FLOODED HOME REPAIR COSTS THAT CAN TOTAL THOUSANDS

For most people, purchasing a home will be the most significant investment they make in their lives.

How many of us though have directly experienced, or heard horror stories, about walking down the basement stairs to find a foot or two of water, or a cascade of water pouring into a finished basement through a clogged-up window well during a heavy rain storm, personal possessions being washed away forever in some cases.

Cost estimates to fix water damage vary – but it’s in the thousands, all to repair or replace drywall, floors and hardwood, or anything electrical. Those home repair costs go up the more the water damage is left untreated, or if the homeowner is dealing with clean water as opposed to a sewer backup, or contaminated water. Around $1.7 billion is paid out in insurance claims due to water damage in Canada each year.

Moisture will spare no part of the home – timber, block structures, floors, and bricks. Many people spend a lot of money finishing a basement, perhaps creating a rental apartment for income purposes, all to help push up the value of that investment, only to have to do the work again.

For homeowners the issue becomes balancing the potential repair costs associated with a flood with buying flood insurance from your provider. That becomes even more of an issue for people living next to waterways – in case a river or body of water overflows.

Then there are the health effects – water damage leads to mould and mildew growth. You look at it and it seems harmless, but mould spores can travel anywhere, and can lead to throat and eye irritation, coughing, headaches, fatigue, fever, skin problems, nasal congestion, nose bleeds and allergies. It is important to not only get rid of it when you see it, but stop it from showing up in the first place.

HYDROSTATIC PRESSURE AND WATER LEAKS

So why does water leak into your basement?

Maybe you have heard the term “hydrostatic pressure”. By definition, it’s the pressure exerted on a fluid at equilibrium (not flowing) by the force of gravity. Hydrostatic pressure increases the deeper you get from the surface due to the increasing weight of the fluid from above.

Hydrostatic pressure is the reason you see water leaks in the basement of a home. Water that is building up against the foundation wall will eventually leak through eroding concrete, at the joint where the poured concrete floor meets the wall, and through cracks in the wall, mortar joints or floor if left un-checked.

With more precipitation, that becomes more of a factor, especially as the soil becomes more saturated. The more loose the soil, the more water it absorbs. That expanding soil also puts more pressure on the foundation walls. In the event of heavy rain or a rapid snowmelt, water tables will rise, putting pressure on a basement.

DO-IT-YOURSELF FIXES

You can’t control the weather, but you can control how well you protect your home. If you want to stop water from leaking into your basement there are a number things you can do on your own.

  • Landscaping should be a focus. You need to keep the water away from the house. Slope the ground away from the foundation, around six to 10 feet. Install asphalt or patio stones next the home, so water doesn’t settle into the soil.
  • Make sure the eavestroughs and gutters around the home are clean. Water will overflow if they are clogged by dirt or leaves and will over-saturate the ground next to the foundation walls
  • Make sure downspouts are directed to where you want the water to go, like a garden
  • A window well with a clogged drain can lead to water flooding into the basement. Placing covers over each of the window wells will help keep out leaves and other debris that can lead to clogs
  • Clear snow away from the home’s foundation during winter
  • Protect your HVAC system – make sure the furnace and water heater is not sitting on the basement floor

But if you really want to stop the problem of flooding at its source, you need an exterior (hyperlink) or interior (hyperlink) home waterproofing system.

 

 

THE GREAT DEBATE: INTERIOR VERSUS EXTERIOR WATERPROOFING

A healthy debate is always good, especially if there is some positive that comes out of it – personal illumination on an important topic, that directly and positively impacts something in your life.

When the topic is home basement flooding, and what route to take to best protect your home investment in the event of a water leak, or flood, there are many factors at play when considering what to do about it. And is there anything more important than protecting your home?

Most important, right off the hop – don’t rely on your average Google search for answers to queries. Google is a good place to go for cursory understanding of basement waterproofing, but always call on licensed pros to come to your home and give you an honest assessment. Canada Waterproofers will come to your home for no charge.

 

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DON’T MESS AROUND WITH BASEMENT WATERPROOFING

Your home is far too important, far too sizable an investment – from the financial perspective, especially if you are balancing a hefty mortgage, plus the perspective of minimizing any emotional impacts that come with your basement being swept away in a flood.

Water pooling, stains on the walls and floor, musty odour, rotting and rusting – it’s bad news all around. Even with small water leaks into the basement, the longer term, more insidious, impacts include those on your health, and the health of your family – mould and mildew can lead to breathing problems, eye irritation, skin rashes, headaches, fatigue, fever, and coughing.

A pro from Canada Waterproofers will do a full analysis of the inside of your basement, the outside foundation area of your home, the state of the window wells and eavestroughs, even how the earth is graded up against the home’s foundation, and whether there is anything else close to the home that is storing excess water, that might be contributing to increased water pressure up against the basement walls (called “hydrostatic pressure), which in turn lead to basement leaks.

They will even take a look at how close your home is to any neighbouring homes, because that will impact their basement waterproofing recommendation. There are many factors that go into a professional assessment.

TOP 5 REASONS TO GO WITH EXTERIOR WATERPROOFING

  • Absolutely the best, most complete way of protecting your home from a basement leak or flooding, involving the excavation around the exterior perimeter of your home, down to the base of the home’s foundation, cleaning the walls and replacing cracks, applying aqua bloc foundation, installing fiber mesh around the perimeter for reinforcement, installing drainage membrane on the walls, installing a new weeping tile or drainage system below the basement floor. Gets to the root of the problem.
  • Exterior waterproofing prevents water from seeping deeper into your home, causing untold damage to walls and floors. Helps keep the structure of the home strong.
  • It’s more expensive (starts at around $100 per foot and can go to $1,000 per foot, depending on the size and difficulty of the job), because there is more work and material involved, but it stops water from leaking through the foundation of your home, which can cause the foundation to weaken, and that saves you more money in terms of repair costs in the long run. Put a dollar figure on peace-of-mind.
  • Exterior waterproofing techniques are constantly evolving and improving, translating into a more protected, safer home.
  • Relatively fast and efficient process – could be one day, or one to two weeks, depending on the job.

TOP 5 REASONS TO GO WITH INTERIOR WATERPROOFING

  • It’s more inexpensive than the exterior option (anywhere from $75 per foot to $250 per foot).
  • Close proximity to neighbouring homes, restricted space, the presence of an outside deck, or the looseness of the soil around the exterior of the home, all might make the excavation work associated with exterior waterproofing impossible. The process of installing an interior waterproofing system doesn’t involve the high level of disruption like with exterior waterproofing.
  • Insulating the basement wall, part of the process of interior waterproofing, will prevent condensation from forming behind the wall, as long as spray foam insulation is added on top of the membrane when the waterproofing is complete.
  • Interior waterproofing pumps out water that has already entered your basement, as opposed to exterior waterproofing, which keeps it out – but it’s still a very effective method of keeping your basement dry and safe.
  • It’s a comprehensive waterproofing system with several back-ups built in – including a battery back-up for the sump pump, which collects water from the pipe/drain system installed around the home and pumps it out to a safe location away from the basement, which gives the homeowner peace-of-mind knowing the basement is being kept dry in the event of a power outage.

Some Canada Waterproofers’ clients have opted for both options, for even extra coverage. Contact a licensed pro today, for an assessment.

 

 

THE CHALLENGES OF EXTERIOR WATERPROOFING

Exterior waterproofing is the most effective method of protecting your home from basement leaks. It’s also the one method of home waterproofing that involves the most work, especially during the soil excavation phase.

It’s certainly not a DIY project to be completed over a weekend. There are multiple steps involved. That’s why it’s important to have licensed professionals take on the job.

Everyone wants a dry basement. With more rainfall comes more water pressure on the foundations of the home. A small water leak plugged up by a sealant fix off a YouTube video can soon expand into a full home flood.

 

THE COSTS OF EXTERIOR WATERPROOFING

Cost estimates to fix water damage vary – but it’s in the thousands, all to repair or replace drywall, floors and hardwood, or anything electrical. Moisture will spare no part of the home – timber, block structures, floors, and bricks. Those home repair costs go up the more the water damage is left untreated, or if the homeowner is dealing with clean water as opposed to a sewer backup, or contaminated water. Around $1.7 billion is paid out in insurance claims due to water damage in Canada each year, according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada.

The basement is often used as a living space for the family, a work area, or an income-generating rental apartment. The potential consequences in leaving the basement unprotected from water leaks are too dire. It’s vital to deal with any potential problems at the source.

Canada Waterproofers has 25 years of experience providing exterior waterproofing solutions across different home and property configurations all over the GTA. It all starts with a phone call and a free assessment.

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THE STEPS INVOLVED IN EXTERIOR WATERPROOFING YOUR BASEMENT

Canada Waterproofers provides solutions to all challenges, including a close proximity of neighbouring homes, and the impact a major excavation like this can have on the aesthetics of property, like trees and gardens.

What are the steps involved in exterior waterproofing?

  • Protect work areas with tarps.
  • Excavate down to the footing level or base of the home’s foundation, around the full perimeter of the home (which holds up the walls of the home), and expose the footing and wall ready for the waterproofing application. Often there is a bulldozer and other machinery involved in this.
  • Clean the wall, repair cracks by grinding them out into a “v” and repair with hydraulic cement, applying a parging mix (meant to coat a water-resistant barrier). Hydraulic cement will expand as it is curing to cover up the cracks.
  • Apply foundation aqua bloc, which provides a rubberized asphalt membrane on the top of the repaired cracks in the cement foundation.
  • Apply fiber mesh (yellow jacket) for reinforcement and then another coat of aqua block and polyurethane (four-millimetres thick) for additional protection.
  • Install Delta MS drainage membrane (made of long-lasting polyurethane and recyclable materials, another added feature which keeps your basement dryer) with delta clips, finishing the moulding along the top with tapcon screwsT
  • Remove the old weeping tile and install a new “Big O” weeper with filter and connect to the existing weeping tile pipe, below the basement floor.
  • Encase weeper (which sits on the soil) with ¾” clear gravel (one foot of gravel above the weeper), and then install the filter on top to separate gravel from soils. Without the gravel on top of the new perforated weeping tile/pipe, and the soil below it, the system won’t work, since dirt will clog the holes in the pipe.
  • Backfill and compact the ground every two feet until backfilled.
  • Install gravel finish, clean work areas and remove access debris from the site, re-planting the garden around the home if necessary.
  • Important point – before any excavation is started, the hydro and gas companies, as well as Bell or Rogers, will need to be contacted, to ensure workers are not cutting or digging into pipes or lines.
  • Install new window wells with drainage pipe if required.
  • You also might want to install a sump pump (there should be a three-year manufacturer’s warranty on all mechanical pumps).

Exterior waterproofing is a comprehensive, labour-intensive process. The process can take a day, or one or two weeks, depending on the job. Get it wrong, and not only will water still be leaking into the basement, but you’ll have to dig everything up and go at it again. Nobody wants the extra money and the headaches that will come with that scenario.

What causes basements to leak

It might not seem like it now, with the snow and sub-zero temperatures, but spring will be here before you know it.

Spring is party time for your garden, and the flowers and trees around your property – but another thing entirely for the basement of your home.

Maybe you notice a feeling of dampness or brownish stains on the walls and ceiling, mildew, stains on the carpet, or rust stains on the floor that comes from water corrosion to metal like nails, and electrical boxes. Basement flooding is a messy and expensive reality. But you are not alone. Many homeowners face the same challenges.

Usually a big part of addressing any problem is figuring out why something happens in the first place. In the case of basement flooding we know the answer – water pressure that builds up against the home’s foundation. The more rain there is the more pressure is created by water in the loose soil around the basement. That pressure pushes water through the walls and floors.

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But that’s not the only reason – during heavy rain, city sewers can become overloaded, and can back up water and sewage into homes. Municipal infrastructure is aging.

Older Homes Are More At Risk Of A Basement Leak

This has become such an important issue the City of Toronto introduced a subsidy program so homeowners can have a basement waterproofing system installed.

The city offers owners of single-family, duplex, and triplex residential homes up to $3,400 per property to install flood protection devices like a backwater valve (a backwater valve is a device that prevents outbound water from the home to re-enter through the home’s drain pipes), a sump pump and the capping of a home’s storm sewer or external weeping tile connection. Have a look at the rules here and keep in mind you’ll need licensed, professional waterproofers to do the job.

Clogged eavestroughs or downspouts, and clogged window wells or poorly sealed stairwell doors, also cause flooding and basement leaks.

Older homes – where mortar joints around cement blocks have worn down, older pipes are no longer sealed properly, cracks emerge over time in the walls and floors, or the joints where the concrete floor meets the basement walls start to break down – are the highest risk.

With climate change comes an increase in precipitation.

So how do you fix the problem? All homes, old and new, need to have a basement waterproofing system in place. Contact a basement waterproofing company to install either an exterior or interior waterproofing system – or both.

Interior basement waterproofing features a drainage system led by a sump pump that is connected to your home’s drainage tiles, pumping water to a location outside of the home, minimizing those water pressure effects. Those drain tiles will collect water that’s flowing throw cracks in the cement of the wall or via the area where the floor meets the wall.

Exterior Waterproofing Is A Very Effective Way Of Preventing A Basement Leak

Exterior waterproofing is a more comprehensive, multi-step job, involving major excavation work, installing protective coating and a drainage membrane, as well as a new weeping tile system, but it’s a highly effective way of keeping your basement dry.

Exterior waterproofing is most definitely not a job that should be left to amateurs or weekend warriors.

Overall, a basement waterproofing system will funnel water away from your basement.

The damage caused by a basement leak, leading to water damage to dry wall, wiring, floors, mould and mildew issues, can run the homeowner into the thousands of dollars. There is also the incalculable emotional cost that comes with seeing family possessions and heirlooms permanently destroyed.

Taking care of the home while keeping it dry is key in maintaining or increasing its value. A home purchase is the most important investment most of us will make in our lifetime. And property values around the GTA are only going up. Many homeowners have converted their basements into rental income opportunities, making a home waterproofing system that much more economical, from an investment perspective. Better to get ahead of any potential basement leak issue now.

Canada Waterproofers has been installing basement waterproofing systems in the GTA for over 25 years. Call now for a free assessment and quote.

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