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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Differences Between Interior and Exterior Waterproofin

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Interior and Exterior WaterproofingAs a homeowner, it is important to ask what the biggest threat to your largest investment really is. Beyond breaking in by criminals and the overstaying of welcomes by in-laws, nature’s elements are what can devalue your home quicker than anything else can. It could be legitimately argued that among natural ‘disasters’ water damage is a more persistent and consistent threat than both fire and wind.

Heavy rainfall can sprout up in an instant and snowstorms and the subsequent melt provide a huge stress on the foundation around a house. Not only that, there are pipes running through the home every day that could give way at any minute which makes waterproofing the house inside and out such an important undertaking. The issues caused by water exposure are much more than damage to your property, as it brings with it mold, bacteria, and the risk for electrical shock among others.

Exterior waterproofing

The biggest area of risk for water in your home – is water outside your home. Gutters and downspouts are designed to collect water and disperse it away from your home. If they are improperly installed or aligned, they can actually direct water right towards your foundation. Gutters need to be cleaned, angled toward the downspout, and free of gaps between the roof. The downspouts should also be directed away from the foundation and into some sort of drainage.

Other exterior waterproofing has to do with the grade of the soil around your foundation. It should be positively graded at a minimum of 6” pointing away from the home. Negative grade soil will collect water and actually force it into the foundation. Another level of exterior waterproofing includes coating the foundation with a waterproof membrane that will deflect any moisture that it comes into contact with.

Interior waterproofing

Heavy winds during storms can force water towards the foundation as can an ill-placed lawn sprinkler or a leaky exterior spigot. In these events,it is best to have another line of defense on the interior of the home to prevent damage. A sump pump is one of the most popular ways to collect water that enters the basement andlead it safely outside. Sump pumps serve as both a first and last line of defense in a way to back-up the exterior waterproofing methods while also protecting the interior.

It is also wise to install vapor barriers on the walls of a basement to help seal out natural moisture, especially in a finished basement. The interior waterproofing of a vapor barrier or protective coating helps to protect against smaller cracks and leaks that are providing a constant supply of water when it rains.

The best way to understand both interior and exterior waterproofing is that they work in conjunction with each other. The exterior waterproofing measures are put in place to prevent water from reaching the inside whereas the interior methods are there to protect the inside when it does. For the best waterproofing advice and options, Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services can help you make sense of it all.

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Basement Waterproofing And Sump Pump Installation

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Basement Waterproofing And Sump Pump InstallationIn modern times and especially in these unpredictable weather climates, a sump pump has become just as an accepted part of a basement as fitness equipment that is hardly ever used. While there are definite waterproofing practices in place on the exterior of the home such as gutter cleaning, soil grading away from the home, and the installation of protective membranes around the foundation; the truth is a sump pump is the best option for interior protection for when those methods just do not work.

If your home has not experienced water in the basement, it is likely only a matter of time until it does. In fact, an estimated 90 percent or more of basements will experience a certain degree of water penetration, flooding, or some sort of leak. About that same percentage, if not more, of water exposure comes from outside the house, leaking through basement walls because it is not being dispersed far away from the foundation.

It should be noted that sump pumps are usually not installed just as a random layer of protection. They are put in because the homeowner knows of definite issues with their property that is causing the water to creep into the home. In many cases, a sump pump is a form of backup because of known structural damage to the foundation, slab, or surrounding soil that has not been addressed because of budget, access, or feasibility.

Then again, a sump pump installation is a responsible homeowner choice for those ‘just in case’ moments that could include biblical storms or problems with the gutters or soil while the occupants are away. When water reaches critical levels, the pump kicks in, begins to move the water outside, and thus prevents flooding. This is not a bad backup to have when compared to the alternative.

Some of the benefits of a sump pump installation whether you feel you ‘need it’ or not include:

• Installation increases value of the home
• Reducing water exposure helps maintain the structural integrity of the foundation walls
• Removes standing water that would cause dampness, humidity, and mold growth
• Provides a more comfortable basement
• Helps control dimensional stability of any wood in the basement, helping to prevent termites
• Hinders rust, corrosion, and oxidation of metal fixtures in a basement
• Prevents flooding

It is best to go with a qualified sump pump installer to make sure the unit is put in right and is in top working condition. This is why so many people in the Greater Toronto Area work with the qualified professionals of Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services.

Additionally, a sump pump should be employed in association with other basement waterproofing methods such as protective coating on the walls, the installation of a vapor barrier, and making sure gutters and grade are intuitive to preventing water in the home.

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When Do You Need Basement Waterproofing?

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It is a nightmare for most homeowners – a wet or flooded basement. Water is no friend to your home, and it can damage your possessions as well as your foundation. If you have experienced issues with cracks, leaking floors, or leaking walls in your basement, you probably need an experienced basement-waterproofing contractor to help you with a solution.

As you start to ask around, you will find that there are a number of different options for waterproofing your basement. When do you need to waterproof your basement, what system is best? And how can you be sure that you are making the right choice.Basement Waterproofing

How is the water getting in the basement?

This is the most important question to ask if you notice water in your basement. The investigation should start outside of your home. Make sure that all drainage systems, including downspouts and gutters, are working effectively. The water needs to be diverted from your home.

You also want the grade of soil around your foundation to encourage any water that falls to divert away from your home. You do not want the grade of soil to encourage water flowing towards it. If you have basement windows, you want to make sure that they have a watertight seal and that they are above ground level.

The importance of maintenance

If you want to stop any water problems that may originate from the grading around the foundation, downspouts, or gutters, it all begins with maintenance. Make sure that you do not let your mulch beds build up too high, make sure that your downspouts are away from the house, and that your gutters are kept clean.

What basement waterproofing system is best?

One size does not fit all – that is something that most basement-waterproofing contractors tend to agree on. Every situation is unique when it comes to basement waterproofing. If the system is not designed specifically for the situation you have, it is a good idea to avoid that system. The majority of problems with basement flooding are a number of events – it may include deteriorated sewer lines, clogged footer drains, improper backfilling when built, movement in the foundation walls, or deterioration/cracking of the basement walls.

If you want to know what basement waterproofing solution you would benefit from, we highly recommend going with the professionals at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services. They understand how to look at your individual situation and treat it with respect and efficiency each time.

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Basement Leaks Prevention

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Basement Leaks Prevention If you notice dampness or leaks in your basement, it can be both worrisome and intimidating. Even though there are some things that you can do yourself for basement leaks prevention, others may require you to call in the professionals. Oftentimes using waterproof sealers, repairing leaking cracks or holes, or addressing drainage problems can get you where you need to go. However, we can get started on some of the different reasons that you want to be serious about basement leaks prevention in GTA.

Why waiting is a horrible idea

If you notice damage or moisture in your basement that may be attributed to basement leaks, waiting around is one of the worst ideas possible. If you wait too long, the ramifications can be serious. Even if you are not actively mopping up puddles, you are still at serious risk for leaks behind the wall. You cannot see these, but they are a serious issue. These may contribute to structural problems in the home, mildew, and mold. Both mildew and mold can be very hazardous to your health if they go unchecked.

What you can do yourself

Even though some basement leaks prevention in GTA is going to require the help of professionals, there are certainly some things that you could do. These are just a few suggestions that you are able to use, because they are relatively simple to implement yourself:

  • Make sure that you clear your gutters – Water can pool around the foundation of your home as your clogged gutters overflow. After winter, you will have a great deal of debris and leaves in the foundation. Clear those out, and install downspout extenders and leaf guards. This will direct water upwards of 10 feet from your home.
  • A slope is good – The surrounding soil of your home needs to be at a slope of at least 1/4 inch per foot. This means that the water is not going to your foundation, but is rather moving towards your yard. Add soil, rake it smooth, and make sure that the grade is the highest at the house’s perimeter. This will go a long way as far as basement leaks prevention is concerned.

When you call the professionals at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing, they make sure that they fix the problem rather than deliver a short-term solution. This is not about patching something up, this is about making sure that basement leaks are a thing of the past.

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Hints of a Dryer Basement

Hints of a Dryer Basement

In many localities one of the biggest enemies to homeowners is moisture and at one time or another you may have to deal with it. Many people have discovered the importance of having crawlspace vapor barriers to act as the best way to protect especially their basements. There are numerous companies and professionals who can assist you have a dryer basement even before you get into the problem itself. It is therefore important for homeowners to know when it is time to do some basement waterproofing because there are signs and indications that may serve as indicators.

The first sign that you need to see a waterproofing professional is when you find water sitting under your home. Any time you allow water stagnate under your house for any reason will be cause for concern because a variety of problem both small and large are caused by water in the basement.  You also need to be on the lookout for small annoying insects around your home. You may try to eliminate small bugs such as spiders, roaches and many others but more often than not they will back sooner rather than later. A wet basement provides a good breeding place for many bugs because they love dwelling in dark and damp areas. You can avoid these bugs coming back by having a dry basement. The other important thing that will be a telltale sign that you may be in need of a dryer basement is the presence of air that is moist. Should the air in your hose feel thicker than normal could be an indicator that air from underneath your home is wet and doing basement waterproofing will save your day. Your electricity bills may well be a sign of poor insulation at the windows but in many cases the high bills could be caused by basement encapsulation.

The other place that will indicate they yours is a sign of a dryer basement is to check whether your home has sloping foundations or walls. The truth of the matter is that when the floors are sagging you probably need more foundation repair. However, such sagging walls may be giving an indication that your basement could be wet and if care is not taken rot could actually be setting in. The floors are likely to sag when the beams are beginning to rot which is a clear indication that you need to do some serious basement waterproofing.

Causes of Basement Moisture

Causes of Basement Moisture

Basements are found in almost every home. Previously, people were not used to making the most of their basements. Nowadays, basements are utilized through several ways. Some people use their basement as a living room, while others make it a guest room. Basements can also be used as bars or as warehouses. However, there is something that can prevent you from making good use of your basement, and it is basement moisture.

Basement moisture is a serious plumbing problem which can give rise to several other issues if you do not deal with it in a timely manner. If this problem is not solved immediately, it can result in molds and mildews which can damage walls, floors and belongings as well.

There are several causes of basement moisture. If you analyze them carefully, you can find an effective solution. The most common cause of basement moisture is heavy rain. Condensation is another cause of basement moisture. If you observe damp walls, mildews, and dripping pipes in your basement, condensation is the cause.

There is an easy way to detect condensation in your basement. Tape a mirror in your basement and wait for twenty-four hours. If the mirror becomes beaded with water, then suspect condensation. Basement condensation results from excess humidity in the air. In order to prevent condensation, you can install a dehumidifier.

Another cause of basement moisture is seepage. In seepage, dampness occurs on basement walls or floors. Here you can also use a mirror to detect seepage. Seepage in basements occur when there are pores in the basement foundation. If you are facing a similar problem, basement waterproofing is the solution.

Basement dampness also occurs because of leakages. Leaks often occur during heavy rains. If you are suspecting leaks in your basement, you can check by running a hose near the leak. Do not forget to check mortar joints between blocks. You can solve this problem by waterproofing basement.

Sometimes, dampness is a result of groundwater infiltration. It occurs when the soil around foundation carries an excess amount of water. The excess water penetrates the basement through various cracks. So if there are cracks in your basement, you must seal them as quickly as possible.

Clogged gutters are also the cause of basement dampness. There are several things which can clog gutters including bird nests, debris, leaves, and twigs. Clogged gutters prevent water from flowing properly, which ultimately results in dampness.

Basement Dehumidifier

Basement Dehumidifier

Basements in homes tend to be cold and damp.  Due to dampness, basements produce a stinking odor. Basement dampness results in molds and mildews, which in turn produce a bad odor. If you are using your basement as a storage room, this odor can also affect your belongings. If you are using your basement as a living space, you will be unable to survive with this odor. So, why not take steps to prevent this odor?  You can prevent these problems by dehumidifying your basement.

You can install a high-quality basement dehumidifier in your basement to preserve your basement. It is a cost-effective and the energy-efficient way to waterproof basement. A dehumidifier can help you get rid of molds and mildews through basement waterproofing.

The use of a basement dehumidifier is recommended for areas with little air ventilation. A basement is the dampest area of a home. It is because of the less air flow in this area. There are many people who keep a washing machine or a hot water heater in their basements. These appliances can contribute in increasing the humidity level in basements.

A basement dehumidifier can provide you with the following benefits:

Energy-Efficient

As mentioned earlier, a dehumidifier is an energy-efficient way used for basement waterproofing. Dampness in a basement is caused by the presence of moisture in the surroundings. The air molecules of damp air are heavier than the normal air molecules. In order to keep a basement dry in this humid environment, more energy is required which is provided by a dehumidifier.

Removes Odor

A dehumidifier can also help you get rid of the odor in your basement. Poor quality air in a basement is a very common cause of basement odor. Poor air quality occurs because of the presence of microscopic insects known as dust miles in the air. A dehumidifier uses its filter to purify the air. So, a dehumidifier can significantly reduce the amount of odor in a damp basement. With a dehumidifier, you can enjoy fresh air in your basement.

Removes Molds

A basement dehumidifier can also help you get rid of molds in your basement. It greatly reduces the chances of mold damage. The repair and replacement cost of mold damages is very high. There are many insurance policies which do not cover mold-related expenses. So, you are left with the only option, which is to prevent damage.

Health

If you use your basement as a living space, the presence of molds and mildews can cause you various respiratory problems. Damp basements can cause you allergies, the flu, asthma, and other problems. A basement dehumidifier can protect you from these diseases by regulating the temperature of your basement.

Results of Improper Basement Waterproofing

Results of Improper

Basement Waterproofing

There are many home owners who experience water damage, leakages, and other plumbing problems. It is not possible to ignore that your basement is prone to moisture because it is close to the ground.  Moisture can cause a gamut of plumbing problems of which the most important is leakages.

Excessive moisture on your basement can also cause cracks on your basement walls. Waterproofing basement can help you solve these plumbing problems. No matter whether you are building your first or fifth home, waterproofing basement is necessary to prevent moisture damage. You can waterproof your basement either during or after construction. However, waterproofing is more effective if performed at the time of construction.

Sometimes waterproofing your basement does not solve problems. It happens when it is not performed properly. So it can be said that basement waterproofing can only help you solve problems if you have consulted an experienced plumber to perform this task. If you have planned to save a few bucks, you are likely to confront a number of plumbing disasters. In several cases, improper basement waterproofing makes the problem worse. Improper waterproofing is also considered the main cause of damp basements. In this problem, water starts coming through the walls. It also takes place when drains in your home are not installed properly.

In order to avoid improper basement waterproofing, certain preventive measures must be taken from the beginning. The most important precaution that a homeowner must take when waterproofing their basement is to have an adequate drainage system. Improper basement waterproofing involves an inadequate drainage system. If your drainage system is not sloped properly, it will cause spills which will ultimately produce an undesirable smell.

Sometimes a plumber forgets to check gutters and downspouts when waterproofing a basement. If not maintained properly, these gutters get stuck up by debris. So in order to avoid improper basement waterproofing, it is also essential to check gutters and downspouts.

There are several other factors as well which contribute in improper basement waterproofing. Some of these factors include the climate, water deposits, and others. If you have not anticipated the climate before waterproofing, you are likely to suffer. It is because weather conditions are an important source of moisture. So, it is important for you to consider all these factors before waterproofing your basement. Improper basement waterproofing causes you to spend money on remodeling your entire basement.

Foundation Wall Waterproofing

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Applying tar on Foundation Walls


The foundation of your home is an important structural element. It supports the rest of your home. By maintaining your foundation properly, you can maintain the structural integrity of your home. If you want to protect your foundation walls from various forms of damage, you must take care of several things. By maintaining your foundation walls, you can prevent several plumbing problems.

First of all, you must endeavor to get rid of moisture and water leakage problems in your basement. The invasion of water in your foundation walls can result in cracks and holes. You may create a soil grade to protect your foundation. It is one of the easiest ways to deal with foundation damages. You just need to bring extra soil to create a slope around foundation.

For foundation walls waterproofing, tar-based compounds are used. Tar is applied on foundation walls before backfilling. It is applied because it blocks vapor transmission. If your foundation walls are made of concrete, they will allow water vapors to transfer through them. Tar is a very essential compound to keep your foundation walls dry. Tar is applied on foundation walls with a paint roller.

Basement and foundation wall problems are very common in Toronto. To cater to the needs of homeowners in Toronto, Dr. Pipe offers a variety of waterproofing services. Waterproofing services offered by Dr. Pipe effectively prevent dampness and molds on basement walls and floors.

If you are building a new home, you must ask your contractor to waterproof your foundation walls. Foundation walls can be protected from damages through damp proofing or waterproofing. In damp proofing, a tar-based substance is applied on foundation walls. If you are confronting a similar problem in Toronto, you must consult a plumbing company.

Dr. Pipe offers several advanced plumbing services to protect your residential or commercial property from cracks due to natural processes such as water damage, thermal movement, shrinking, settlement and other causes.

If you do not pay attention to maintaining your foundation walls, the value of your property will decrease. It will also cost you money in terms of repairs. To preserve the value of your home, you must consult the best company in Toronto which can offer you specialized services. Dr. Pipe is the best plumbing company in Toronto if you want to fix the problem of damaged foundation walls and basement.

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