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As we transition to fall and rainy days come it is a good time for you to check your basement for leaks. A leaky basement might not be a big deal right now but can become a costly emergency during the winter when frozen soil increases the hydrostatic pressure on your exterior basement walls and water from melting snow can enlarge any foundation cracks you may already have.
A wet basement is not only inconvenient, it is a sign that your basement walls have already some deterioration, and like every other part of your house, upkeep can save you money in the future. Sealing and filling existing cracks, or waterproofing your foundation is an investment that ensures the longevity of your property.
TOP REASONS FOR A LEAKY BASEMENT
- Not having proper drainage. Eaves, troughs and downspouts have to point water away from your property. Makes sure your downspouts are guiding water at least 4 feet away from your exterior walls. Clean any blockages and repair any damage that allows water to drain on the side of your house. When water accumulates around your foundation wall the hydrostatic pressure increases and that is how cracks or fissures are formed.
- Melting snow. Basements radiate heat, which melts snow and frozen ground around them. This creates a layer of water around the exterior basement walls, and as we mentioned above, it is the pressure of this water that cause damage to the foundation. Although you cannot help your basement from radiating heat, this is why basement waterproofing is so important. The different waterproofing membranes seal your walls so water cannot penetrate.
- The wrong type of soil. The type of soil that surrounds your foundation and basement walls can play a big role in moisture retention and irrigation. For example, clay soil is best because it absorbs water and traps it by expanding, it provides moisture protection and better irrigation. Adding stones and mulch on top of the soil on your home’s perimeter also helps irrigation.
- Your landscape slope. Grading of the ground away from your foundation walls is extremely important, especially in low laying areas. A proper graded slop naturally guides water away from your property. The less water that accumulates around your home, the less water damage your basement walls will occur.
If you already have signs of a wet basement then give Interhome Waterproofing a call. We offer an on-site inspection and provide you with basement waterproofing solutions, from foundation crack repair to interior or exterior basement waterproofing systems, or the simple installation of a new sump pump. We serve Toronto, GTA and surrounding areas. Give us a call today to discuss your basement waterproofing needs: 416-836-5253