How To Fix A Wet Basement In Toronto

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Wet BasementEven though it sounds like a nuisance, a wet basement can be far more problematic than just being “inconvenient.” Especially if you have a finished living space in your basement, the moisture can damage your framing, drywall, or carpeting. Even if you only use your basement for storage, you can have a number of different issues with a wet basement.

Problem #1 – Condensation

Condensation can show up as puddles, wet spots, or droplets on the basement walls and floors. This occurs when our cool foundation walls are exposed to moist, warm air. This makes the entire basement ‘clammy’ and uncomfortable. When it occurs in your crawl space, condensation can lead to insects and wood rot. It can delaminate and buckle plywood.

Often just airing out the basement and running a fan can help cure most of the problems. It might also be a good idea to invest in a heavy-duty dehumidifier. Alternatively, using a waterproof coating to damp-proof the walls might also be a great investment. This is going to help clog the concrete pores, which helps alleviate issues with condensation.

Problem #2 – Runoff

Melted snow or rainwater that is not routed away from the house is one of the common causes of crawl space and basement moisture. The runoff percolates through the topsoil, and stops near the base of the foundation. The pressure is going to force the water through cracks or gaps in the footings and walls.

The best way to resolve this problem is by sealing basement walls and patching cracks in the foundation. It is essential to address the outside entry points. If you do not take steps to fix these cracks and leaks, chances are that problems are going to continue to develop.

Taking care of the problem

The truth is that a wet basement could be a one-time issue, but it could also be indicative of something far more serious than that. In fact, if you are not taking steps to fix these issues (and they continue to develop) what was once a clammy basement might become a far more serious issue down the road.

If you are unsure that you have addressed the issue, and if you are not sure that the problem is resolved in the long term, it might be a good idea to call in the professionals at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services. They will be able to accurately diagnose the issue and tell you whether the issue was a one-time problem or something that you should take more seriously.

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Get A Rebate or Subsidy For Sump Pump Installation

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A Rebate or Subsidy For Sump Pump InstallationWhen it comes to water damage in your home, it is not necessarily the overall amount of rain that is the biggest contributor to the destruction. It is the level of rain that comes over a short period of time. Annual rainfall levels have dropped in Toronto on a yearly basis, although damage from water has increased – mostly because torrential downpours have increased alarmingly.

In July 2013 for example, there was 90mm of rain that fell in an hour, an amount higher than average for the entire month. The changes in weather have prompted homeowners to alter, or at least ramp up, their strategies of how they protect their property. The Toronto government has championed the cause as well by easing some of the financial strain on homeowners by providing subsidies for the installation or replacement of a sump pump.

Government subsidy
The City of Toronto has begun offering residents up to $3,400 per property for the installation of flood protection devices. This amount is somewhat misleading because only up to $1,750 is eligible for sump pump related costs. Homeowners are also granted municipal rebates related to the installation and replacement of backwater valves as well as the cutting and capping of pipes connecting to city storm sewers.

What is covered in sump pump eligibility?
A sump pump and the corresponding components are an important installation, not only for protection against storms but also burst pipes, malfunctioning appliances, and other water damage in a basement or around a home’s foundation. The City of Toronto’s subsidy covers the installation and replacement of the sump pump, the installation of a sump pump alarm, and the installation of emergency backup for the unit.

It should be noted that the installation is not “free” per se. The government rebate covers 80% of the invoiced amount including labor, materials, permits, and taxes. The work must also be done by a licensed Toronto contractor and only the registered owner of the property (single family home, duplex, triplex) is eligible for the rebate. Because it needs to be done right, many homeowners rely on the professionals at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services.

Stipulations aside, the City of Toronto is not saying that the installation of a sump pump is mandatory – they are just saying if you do decide to put one in your property we will help you out proving that sometimes when it rains, it does not have to pour.

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Fixing Basement Leaks

Fixing Basement Leaks

Fixing basement leaks can be a trial but if left for too long the small leak will grow into a disaster of costly proportions. Improper outside drainage around the base of the house causes most leaks.  Water collects along the baseline and drains into the basement. This creates a wet basement and most often growths of bacteria and mold. Standing water in a basement is not only inconvenient it is also a health hazard. Waterproofing the area can give you a dry basement and healthier air to breathe.

Here are a few tips to help you waterproof your basement without a lot of added expense. The first thing you can look at is the slope of the ground around the base of your home. If it is lower by the base of the house you can beat this will contribute to the “water in basement” problem. You can purchase more topsoil and build the area up all along the base of the house. You will want to build it so that the grain runs on an angle at least four feet away from the base. This will allow water to drain away from the walls of the structure and not over saturate the dirt along the walls. It is important that the soil is compacted so as not to readily allow water to seep through.

Gutters that are not installed properly or that drain directly along the base can also cause basement leaks. The spouts should be spaced out one for every 600-800 feet of roof space. The spouts should always drain about four feet away from the house. This will prevent over saturating the ground near the home. You will also need to clean the leaves and other debris out of the drain periodically.

Another way of waterproofing is to install a sump pump system. This method works best for concrete basements. The sump pump is connected to a drainage pipe that runs underground and carries the water well past the back soil. This works well for homes who are experiencing water leaks from the subfloor upward.

Gutters, yard grain and pumping are all alternatives for a basement leaking with water. For some of these you will need to call in a professional contractors to make certain the installation is correct. Call Now and stop leak in the basement.