DrainCom Logo

Basement Flooding After A Heavy Rain?

Basement floods after a rainy day in Toronto and the GTAA lot of people have this experience: A heavy rain and  your basement turns into an indoor pool or moisture soaks the walls. If this is a recurring event in your home, you’re not alone. Basement flooding after a heavy rain is a widespread issue in Toronto and the GTA. It’s not all about your basement getting flooded, but also the mold and other problems it causes. Let’s explore the reasons your basement might be prone to flooding after a heavy rain.

Why Is My Basement Flooding?

There can be several reasons for basement flooding after a heavy rain; it could be improper grading, foundation cracks, or the type of soil around your home, to name just a few reasons. Water always finds a way, if there is one. Understanding the cause of your basement’s vulnerability to flooding is crucial to fixing the problem.

What To Do When You Know A Storm Is Coming

If you know bad weather is coming, especially a storm, it’s the perfect time to make sure your sump pump is plugged in an working properly. Also make sure your alarms are working properly, and that includes not only the alarms for your sump pump and backwater valve, but also your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Being prepared is the key to weathering out the worst storms in your area.

What To Do First After a Heavy Rain Flooded Your Basement

Always remember, safety comes first. Make sure the area is safe to enter. Watch out for electrical problems! Turn off the breaker to your basement or call an electrician to make sure it’s safe to enter. Any appliance, including your water heater that is connected to where the flooding occurred might put you in danger. If you smell gas or your carbon monoxide alarms go off, call the fire department and leave your home until they deem it safe to re-enter.

Document everything with photos before you do anything. You may need them for insurance purposes.

Then you can start removing important items and placing them in a dry space. Next you can start the water removal process, dry out the space, and then assess the damage to your belongings. Acting quickly can greatly reduce the impact of basement flooding after a heavy rain. Waiting too long creates more problems making it unsafe and requiring the help of professionals. And remember, it doesn’t take long before dangerous mold starts to form.

The Importance of a Basement Inspection

A thorough basement inspection by a licensed basement flood prevention company is your next critical step. This isn’t just about damage control, it’s about getting to the root cause of the problem so you can prevent your basement from flooding after a heavy rain. A professional inspection will uncover hidden issues, such as minor cracks or poor drainage, that contribute to flooding. Using an infrared camera to spot cool areas in your basement, then checking those areas for moisture will find issues that aren’t immediately apparent. So make sure the company you choose has this technology. Draincom is one such company in Toronto. You can contact them at 905-238-6800 or visit their website. They have been serving Toronto and the GTA for more than 20 years and are licensed, insured and use the latest technology to inspect your basement.

Installation of a Sump Pump

Installation of a sump pump is a vital part of basement flood prevention. A good inspection includes making sure you have a sump pump that is capable of removing water based on the size of your basement and that it is well-maintained and in good working order. A sump pump alarm is also recommended. A sump pump is your basement’s best friend, actively removing water to keep the area dry, even in the worst storms the Toronto area has to throw at you.

Capping and Pipe Severance

Your basement flood prevention inspection may also reveal the need for capping and pipe severance. This process involves redirecting your downspouts away from your home’s foundation, reducing the risk of water buildup around your foundation that can lead to seepage into your basement.

Installation of a Backwater Valve

A basement inspection might also reveal the need for the installation of a backwater valve. It prevents sewer backflow, which can be a common issue during heavy rain. By ensuring that sewage only flows away from your home, you protect your basement from a much worse problem than just rain water flooding your basement. Backwater valve installation is one of the most important and smartest investments a house owner can make. There are alarms for this as well to alert you when it isn’t working properly.

Enlisting Draincom’s Expertise

With a team of experts skilled in basement waterproofing and plumbing solutions, and more than 20 years of basement flood protection experience, Draincom is the company to call if you live in Toronto or the GTA, Draincom conducts comprehensive basement inspections, using the latest technology to identify the best preventative measures, and will help you implement solutions like sump pump installations, capping and pipe severance, and the installation of backwater valves. Plus, their services are eligible for the Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program, if you qualify, offering financial relief in the form of rebates from the city of Toronto.

Click here to contact Draincom or call us at 905-238-6800 to schedule your free inspection and quote.


Basement Flood Protection: What to Expect During a Professional Basement Inspection


Guide for homeowners on getting a basement waterproofing inspection in Toronto and the GTA
To schedule a free basement waterproofing inspection, click the image above or call 905-238-6800

A lot of companies offer a basement flood prevention inspection, but what is a flood prevention inspection? What does it include? When it comes to protecting your home from basement flooding, a professional basement inspection is a crucial first step. For homeowners seeking reliable “basement flood protection,” understanding what to expect during this inspection, especially since it differs from company to company.

The Importance of a Thorough Basement Inspection

A comprehensive basement inspection is key to identifying potential risks and implementing effective flood protection strategies. It’s not just about spotting visible issues; it’s crucial to uncovering hidden problems that could lead to significant damage in the future. Stopping problems before they start saves you a ton of money. Call Draincom at 905-238-6800 or fill out this form to schedule your free basement flood protection inspection.

Advanced Technology in a Basement Flood Protection Inspection

Identifying some basement leakage or other problems is pretty straightforward. You can spot them yourself and any professional company can spot these obvious issues. However, you need a company that can perform a basement flood protection inspection that includes identifying potential problems and one that can help you with basement flood “prevention”.

Draincom elevates the standard of basement inspections by employing a FLIR i7 infrared camera. This sophisticated tool plays a vital role in detecting leaks and moisture issues that are not immediately apparent to the naked eye.

How the FLIR i7 Infrared Camera Enhances Inspections: The FLIR i7 infrared camera is a game-changer in basement inspections for flood protection. Here’s why:

  • Sensitive Detection: It picks up the slightest differences in surface temperature, which can indicate moisture presence.
  • Visualizing Hidden Issues: The camera reveals colder, potentially damp areas, even if there are no visible signs, like on drywall.
  • Comprehensive Analysis: After identifying areas with temperature abnormalities, these spots are further inspected with moisture detectors to confirm the issue, be it a leak or poor insulation.

What Homeowners Should Expect During a Basement Flood Protection Inspection

  • Initial Walkthrough: The inspector will do a thorough walkthrough of your basement, looking for any visible signs of damage or potential risk areas.
  • Using the FLIR i7 Camera: The inspector will use the infrared camera to scan the basement, focusing on walls, floors, and other critical areas. This step is crucial for identifying hidden moisture or insulation issues.
  • Moisture Detection: Areas flagged by the infrared camera will be further examined with moisture detectors to confirm the presence and extent of any wetness or leaks.
  • Detailed Explanation: Throughout the process, the inspector will explain their findings, helping you understand any potential issues and the necessary steps to mitigate them.
  • Recommendations and Report: After the inspection, you’ll receive a comprehensive report with recommendations for protecting your basement against flooding.

Why Choose Draincom for Your Basement Inspection?

Choosing Draincom for your basement flood protection needs ensures that you’re getting a thorough and technologically advanced inspection. With our use of the FLIR i7 infrared camera and a team of experienced professionals, we provide homeowners with a clear understanding of their basement’s condition and the best solutions for flood protection.

  • We have more than 20 years of experience of providing basement inspections and flood prevention services in Toronto and the GTA.
  • We install sump pumps and alarms, backwater valves and alarms and perform other basement waterproofing services. See the list here.
  • We know the quality of our work and DrainCom can confidently offer a 25-year warranty for most of our services.
  • Immediate response and scheduling when it comes to drain or plumbing emergencies or basement flood.
  • Fully licensed and insured to provide you with peace of mind.
  • And we provide a free basement flood protection inspection and quote!

Call us at 905-238-6800 or fill out this form to schedule your free basement flood protection inspection.

Request a Free Estimate