Protect Your Home from Basement Leaks in Spring
In Toronto the most common source of basement leaks is from heavy precipitation. Unfortunately, melting snow and thawing ice is just as detrimental for a home’s basements. Basement leakage is common in homes across the Greater Toronto Area. If your basement is not sealed or underpinned appropriately, the spring months of March and April can be catastrophic and wet.
As Southern Ontario experiences frequent weather changes, areas such Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Thornhill, and Toronto, often fall victim to the chaotic basement leaks. A leaky basement is not only a hassle, but can pose serious threats to your house.
How does a basement leak affect your home?
- Basement leaks depreciate property value! History of a leaky or damaged basement can be noticeable for potential buyers or investors. The house value equation will always involve “living space”- which considers a property’s basement space.
- Often times, our basements serve as a place of storage of vintage wines, electronics, and family heirlooms. These items are priceless and virtually irreplaceable for many of us.
- Leakage in your basement can serve as a tunnel for unwarranted and dangerous bacteria, posing health threats to your household and family.
- Building materials such as wood and drywall that are exposed to moisture over time can crumble and deteriorate. This can affect your properties entire infrastructure.
- Anything that accumulates moisture can result in mold and mildew growth. Mold naturally grows and causes damage that can be extremely expensive to remove and repair. In addition, it can be a serious health risk for humans and animals.
Foundation Cracks and Repairs
After ice turns into water, water takes its natural course and follows the path of least resistance. Furthermore, water continually builds up and enters the basements through concrete that can no longer withstand the pressure.
The main gateway for water to infiltrate the basement is the through the soil surrounding the foundation. Cracks can even result in flooding and mold growth. That’s why it’s crucial to contact a waterproofing specialist as soon as you suspect vulnerability or spot cracks in your floor.
Why Hire an Experienced Waterproofing Contractor?
Basement waterproofing requires an experienced construction team. Issues in a property’s foundation can be difficult to detect and may require an engineer.
It’s also imperative to work with a contractor that’s familiar with Canadian building codes. A failed waterproofing job can destroy your basement. Waterproofing is complex task that requires removing the existing foundation, balancing the basement after stripping the foundation, sealing any cracks, and laying-in new support. In some cases, a new foundation and footing must be built or repaired, which requires the property’s foundation to be dug out.
If you’re renovating or underpinning your basement we recommend having your property evaluated by a waterproofing contractor. It should be noted that basement underpinning does not waterproof your basement. If you’re interested in learning more about basement underpinning, read our basement underpinning blog article.