Wet Basements Mean Trouble for
Toronto Home Owners
The installation of a good drainage system on the inside and outside is important to keep your Toronto home dry and insuring you will not have a problem with a wet basement or flooding.
A wet basement is not a do it yourself project. A proper assessment of cause and required repairs is essential to prevent and deal with any mold issues. Mold can develop within 24 hours of the appearance of water damage.
It is best to obtaining the opinion if a trained, educated waterproofing specialists, which is the first step in solving your wet basement problems. This will give you information on what is causing your basement to leak water, why it is happening, and what your options for basement repair are.
More than 90% of the wet basements leak water from the walls and the joint where the floor and wall meet. Basements rarely leak water up through the floor, although this can happen in some cases.
If the subsurface or ground water 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 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 to help you in this journey will make everything easer.
Some people may think that being on Toronto’s water and sewer, a sump pump is not requirement to ensure that you don’t get a wet basement. Not so every situation requires a professional assessment. A dampness can mean one of several things, or a combination of possibilities. From a cracked foundation to a leaking window well, the right answer can save big in the end.
You can also end up with a wet basement as the result of a city water main on overload. This can cause a back flow into your basement. To solve a problem with back flow, the installation of a backflow prevention valve will fix the problem avoiding future issues.
If your Toronto home does not have gutters installed, this is a classic wet basement problem. If you do have gutters and your downspouts drainage is next to your foundation, this is another common cause of this issue. 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 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 cause 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 melting 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 check that 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 a drain specialist. You won’t regret it.
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So, if your Toronto home is suffering from a wet basement call a professional and have it fixed right the first time, you will save in the end. (416)989-5757.