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A wet basement is generally caused owing to excessive water pressure due to melting snow or heavy rain that enters through the cracks in the foundation of your house. This water pressure causes extreme structural damage to your house’s foundation. Moreover, it brings in other moisture-related issues like decay and mold. Whether or not you use your basement for storage or additional living space, if the basement is constantly wet and has some amount of flooding or leakage, the problems need to be addressed – as they will not disappear on their own.
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Water leakage or a wet basement can drastically reduce the value of your property. Thus, many realtors advise their clients to get the problem fixed before putting the house up for sale or rent in the market. Once the basement leak repair is done, the value of your property will rise in an instant.
DrainCom offers solutions for leaky basements, wet basement repair and services for basement waterproofing, Toronto-wide. We start by determining the source of the moisture and recommend interior or exterior waterproofing methods based on the severity of the leak.
A good drainage system installed on the inside and outside of your house is an important way to keep your place dry, and, more specifically, prevent wet basement or flooding.
A wet basement is not a do-it-yourself project. Proper assessment is required and ignoring this problem can lead to mold issues, which potentially develop within 24 hours of the appearance of water damage.
The first step in solving your wet basement Toronto problems is obtaining the opinion of a trained, educated specialist. This will give you information on what has been causing the leaks in your basement, why it is happening and what your options for basement repair are.
90% of wet basements leak water from the walls and from the joints where the floor and wall meet. Basements rarely cause water to leak up through the floor, although this can happen in some cases.
If the subsurface or groundwater level is close to the underside of the concrete floor slab, water rises through the slab by capillary action, and you will have a wet basement. If the subsurface or ground water level is higher than the basement floor, water leaks in through the walls and the floor, causing standing water in the basement and, at times, dampness in the rooms above.
Whether you live in Toronto or in a rural community, having a damp basement can be a problem. Finding the right solutions can be an even bigger problem. The right company will make this easier for you.
Some people may think that with Toronto’s water and sewer systems a sump pump is no requirement to ensure that you don’t have a wet basement. This is not true for all situations and a professional assessment may be required. Dampness can mean one of several things or a combination. From a cracked foundation to a leaking window well, the right answer can help you save more in the end.
You could also end up with a wet basement as the result of overloaded city water main. This can cause a backflow into your basement. To fix a backflow, the installation of a backflow prevention valve is necessary and this will also help avoid future issues.
If your Toronto home does not have gutters installed, it makes for a classic wet basement problem. Another common cause of this issue is if you do have gutters and your downspouts drainage is next to your foundation. Extending the downspout, so it drains eight feet from your foundation, will correct this problem.
What happens is, as the soil around the foundation becomes water-saturated, hydrostatic pressure forces water through the joints where the floor and wall of your home meet. A proper weeping tile will prevent water seepage and keep this from happening.
A wet basement can also be caused because the ground is flat or slopes toward the house. Slope the ground away from the outside foundation (about one inch per foot). This will direct the rain and melt the snow away from the foundation.
Water problems can happen at any time. You may never have dealt with water problems before, then spring comes, and, all of a sudden, you have a problem.
First, make sure you have a functional sump pump and once you have determined that your sump pump is working, and you still have a wet basement, call DrainCom, your drain specialist. You won’t regret it.