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What’s Involved in Exterior Basement Waterproofing?

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I don’t have to tell you about how often we have bad weather. Homeowners and businesses in Toronto and the GTA often face significant challenges with basement flooding, especially during heavy rainfall. Basement flooding can lead to structural damage, mold growth, and costly repairs. Wet basement repair is expensive and if your basement is already flooded, you are probably facing the loss of items stored in your basement. Not to mention the problems that mold can cause, especially to your health and the health of your family. We all know that basement flooding is a problem that can’t be ignored. Exterior Basement Waterproofing is essential to stopping your basement from having these issues. In this post, I’m going to cover what can be done around the exterior of your home to prevent basement flooding.

Why Waterproofing the Exterior of Your Basement Matters

Waterproofing the exterior of your basement helps maintain the integrity of your home’s foundation. By addressing potential water entry points from the outside, you can prevent leaks and water damage before they reach the interior of your basement. This proactive approach not only safeguards your property but also ensures a healthier living environment by reducing the risk of mold and mildew. The advantage of basement waterproofing done from the outside is that it protects the walls from contact with water or moisture.

Exterior basement waterproofing steps…

  1. Excavation: It all starts with the digging. You have to dig along the foundation all the way down to the footing.
  2. Cleaning and Inspection: Now you have to clean the foundation so you inspect the foundation for cracks or damage.
  3. Inspect your foundation drain: When you dig down to the footer, you will expose your foundation drain. It’s a good time to replace that too.
  4. Repairing Cracks: Hydraulic cement should be used to seal any cracks or holes you find.
  5. Applying Foundation Sealer: After sealing the cracks and letting that dry, apply a high-quality foundation sealer to create a moisture-resistant barrier.
  6. Installing Waterproofing Membrane: Next, after the sealant is dry, install a waterproofing membrane over the foundation wall for another layer of protection.
  7. Installing Weeping Tiles: The next step involves installing weeping tiles (or drainage tiles) to direct water away from the foundation.

Professional vs. DIY: When to Call the Experts

While some steps in exterior basement waterproofing can be handled by you, certain tasks are best left to professionals to ensure effectiveness and durability. For instance; the landscaping around your foundation may have to be altered to ensure water is running off away from your home, digging all the way down to the footer may be too difficult for you, or maybe you just aren’t sure you can tackle this project alone.

Exterior Basement Waterproofing DIY Tasks

  • Perform Regular Inspections: You should inspect the exterior foundation for any visible cracks or signs of water damage. Mark it on your calendar.
  • Perform Minor Crack Repairs: If you spot small cracks you can likely repair them yourself, using hydraulic cement that is available at most hardware stores. Remember though, small cracks become bigger cracks if they are ignored and they could be indicative of larger problems.

Having a professional inspect your basement once per year is a good idea because they use technology and tools you don’t likely have and they know how to spot problems before they cause damage. Draincom is a fully licensed, fully insured basement water proofing company in Toronto that offers a 25 year warranty on repairs. I included it in this post because their basement flood prevention inspection is free. It also includes inspecting the interior, your sump pump and more.

Choosing the Right Basement Waterproofing Professional

When hiring a professional for exterior basement waterproofing, ensure they are experienced, licensed, and insured. Look for the following qualities:

  • Years of Experience: A well-established company with a proven track record. Draincom has more than 20 years of experience with basement floor prevention, wet basement repair, installing and maintaining sump pumps, installing backwater valves and more.
  • Proper Licensing: They should be licensed to operate in your city. Draincom is fully licensed in Toronto and the GTA.
  • Full Insurance: This protects you in case of any accidents or damage during the project. Draincom is fully insured.
  • Warranty: A reputable company will offer a warranty on their services, giving you peace of mind that the work will stand the test of time. Draincom offers a 25-year warranty.

At DrainCom, we specialize in exterior basement waterproofing and interior basement waterproofing. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you safeguard your basement. Contact Us | Call us at 905-238-6800.

Basement Waterproofing GTA – Why It’s Important

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Homeowners in Toronto and the GTA face unique challenges due to our distinct climate and soil conditions. Basement waterproofing is not just a service; it’s an essential preventive measure to protect the structural integrity and health of your home. Here’s what you need to know to keep your basement dry and secure. To learn more about your specific needs, request a Free Basement Waterproofing and Basement Flood Prevention Inspection by calling 905.238.6800.

Why Waterproof Your Basement?

There are several reasons why you need to waterproof your basement. In Toronto and the GTA it’s essential to have a basement that is waterproof and safe. Below is a list of reasons you should consider basement waterproofing…

Prevent Structural Damage From Water Intrusion

Water intrusion can lead to serious structural issues within your home. Persistent moisture can weaken foundations, causing cracks and even collapse over time. Waterproofing your basement helps maintain the strength and stability of your home’s foundation.

Protecting Health and Well-being

Damp environments are breeding grounds for mold and mildew, which can lead to respiratory problems and other health issues. By waterproofing your basement, you create a healthier living space for you and your family. Protecting the health and well-being of your family is a top priority of ours. Book a Free Inspection. Call us at 905.238.6800 or fill out this form for more information.

Avoid Costly Repairs Due To Water Damage

Addressing water damage can be incredibly expensive. Basement waterproofing is a proactive step that saves you from potential future costs associated with water damage repairs.

Increase Your Property Value by Waterproofing Your Basement

A waterproofed basement is a valuable asset in the real estate market. It assures potential buyers that the home is well-maintained, which can significantly boost your property’s value. Waterproofing your basement, installing a sump pump, repairing the drains, and repairing any damage is essential to raising your property value.

Book a Free Inspection. Call us at 905.238.6800 or fill out this form for more information.

Interior vs. Exterior Basement Waterproofing: What’s the Difference?

We feel that the more you understand all the different aspects of basement waterproofing, the better you can choose how to improve your home and avoid costly problems. We walk you through the whole process step by step. Below we explain the differences between interior and exterior basement waterproofing.

Interior Waterproofing

Interior Basement Waterproofing is designed to handle moisture that has entered your home. It includes solutions like sealants and interior weeping tile systems. This method is often less invasive and more cost-effective, making it a popular choice for many homeowners.

Exterior Waterproofing

Exterior Waterproofing involves the excavation around the home to install a protective barrier on the outside of the basement walls. This method is highly effective at preventing water from entering in the first place.

Choosing the Right Waterproofing Method for Your Toronto Home

Each home in Toronto and the GTA is unique, and the right waterproofing method depends on several factors like your home’s construction, local weather patterns, and soil composition. Draincom has been providing plumbing, basement flood prevention, drain cleaning services and drain repair services in Toronto and the GTA with hundreds of homeowners just like you for more than 20 years. We’re proud that our professional and efficient work coupled with friendly, clear communication has allowed over 800 reviewers on Homestars.

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Draincom offers a free inspection and estimate to help you understand which waterproofing strategy will work best for your specific situation.

To learn more about the technical aspects of waterproofing and what might be suitable for your home, visit our in-depth guide on basement waterproofing methods for Toronto.

Start protecting your home from problems due to basement flooding or a wet basement today!

If you’re concerned about basement leaks, a wet basement, basement flooding or want to prevent future issues, a professional inspection is the best first step.

DrainCom provides expert evaluations to homeowners in Toronto and the GTA, ensuring that your basement stays dry and your home remains healthy. Contact us in Toronto to schedule your free inspection and take control of your home’s health today. you can also call us at 905.238.6800.

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