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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 FOOT & DEPTH…

  

INTERIOR FOUNDATION WATERPROOFING COST… $70-$200

PER LINEAR FOOT…

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CRACKED FOUNDATION REPAIR COST… $1600-$3200            

DEPENDENT ON DEPTH AND WIDTH OF FOUNDATION CRACK REPAIR… 

FOUNDATION REPAIR TORONTO

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

DEPENDENT ON WIDTH AND DEPTH OF WATERPROOFING…

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

SIZE AND DEPTH OF WINDOW WELL REQUIRED

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

PER JOB AND SIZE OF OPENING REQUIRED

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

IF A TANK IS NEEDED OR NOT, OR ITS JUST A PUMP REPLACEMENT

BACKWATER VALVES AND SUMP PUMPS TORONTO

BACKWATER-VALVE INSTALLATION COST… $1600-$3700

DEPENDING IF BWV IS INSIDE OR OUTSIDE AND ALSO THE DEPTH

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Now that you have a rough idea what it will all cost, Lets make an appointment so that we can assess your basement and provide you with a FREE NO OBLIGATION quote! CONTACT US!

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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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