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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How to Remove Basement Mold

Many home owners usually get a shock of their lives when they go to basements only to find disgusting piles of mold and mildew on their walls and floors. This gives them a shock leading to worries which are not at all justified. The reason is that there are plenty of simple things that can be done to rectify this problem. This basement mold appears in several forms and the reason is that many basements are found underground and they get a lot of moisture which is a good environment for their growth. Things would be different if the basements were fitted with moisture barriers.

Even though some builders put moisture barriers in their basements as they are building, they can become damaged and become old over time and in other cases it usually because of poor workmanship. The problems appear several months down the line and it catches many home owners by surprise. It is only those who live in arid areas where dampness is nota problem who do not have to worry about basement mold removal. However when there are heavy rains and humidity you may have reason to prepare yourself to deal with basement mold on your concrete basement. If you are dealing with only a small amount of basement mold you may only have to mix a small amount of bleach to four parts of water in order to use it for cleaning. You should however remember that using bleach may sometimes not cure the problem because it may not go all the way to the roots of the mold. You can therefore look for other designated products that are used specifically for killing molds. Using a scrubbing brush and making sure you have put on a pair of gloves to protect your skin you can vey easily clear the molds away.

If however you will be dealing with more problematic basement mold and diluted bleach does not seem to be good enough, that could be an indication of a more serious problem that you may need to try and resolve. It may be possible that there are cracks on the basement and they are letting water seep in. this would then require that you deal with the initial problem by waterproofing the basement before you are able to completely deal with the basement mold problem. It may also be important for you to try and look for a professional who should be able to deal with your entire problem once and for all.