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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Broken Drain And Sewer Pipes Problems

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 Drain DamageOne of the more common sources of potentially serious health issues and costly property damage in the Greater Toronto Area is a cracked sewer pipe or a broken drain. Plumbing has to be done right, and you need professional sewer pipe experts who can help you every step of the way.

  • Cast iron pipes may suffer pipe corrosion, this leads to broken, rusty sewer pipes over time
  • Clay pipes might be brittle and as the soil moves, these pipes can crack in a number of different spots if they do not have adequate support after installation.
  • ABS or PVC plastic pipe can crack if there is too much water pressure

Why do sewer pipes burst and crack?

There are several reasons that you may experience sewer pipe problems and broken drains, these are a few of the most common ones:

  • Someone dug in the wrong place (leading to damage)
  • There is a bad sewer pipe layout, faulty installation, or poor design
  • Your pipes are aging
  • Your pipes are frozen, lead to the sewer pipe bursting, cracking open, or blocking from within
  • Tree root intrusion. These roots are able to infiltrate your sewer pipes, but once inside they may actually crack your pipes
  • Lack of maintenance. There is a reason that maintenance is so important, because not doing so puts added pressure on the pipes. The buildup of sanitary products, food particles, grease, or hair can become problematic.

Possible solutions if you have a problem with your sewer line

By using specialized video camera equipment, it is easy to find and assess the damage done to your sewer pipe or drain. Even though everyone has a unique problem, some of the most common solutions we have seen include:

  • Preventative maintenance – We mentioned it before, regular drain cleaning and inspections can help prevent any household debris, hair, and grease from bursting, cracking, or clogging your pipes. Preventative maintenance is always much easier than having to do repairs.
  • Bursting – It is possible to pull a new sewer pipe through the remains of the old one, depending on the situation of course. This is going to break open the old pipe, replacing it with a new one, in the exact same place.
  • Pipe relining – This means that you get new pipes from the inside out. The “sleeve” that is added to the existing sewer lines will help to eliminate pipe cracks. After cleaning, applying lining material is going to ensure that the whole pipe system is functional again.

If you are worried that your pipes are leaking unhealthy sewage under your property, that tree roots are destroying your lateral, or worried about your sewer as a whole, you can always rely on professional help. Even if the damage is already done, the professionals at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services are still able to repair and minimize the damage as much as possible.

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The Benefits Of Internal Waterproofing

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Even though interior basement waterproofing is important to your home, few homeowners in the Greater Toronto Area actually think about it when they are doing maintenance or improving their home. This is one of the most important procedures if you are considering renovation or improvement. Interior basement waterproofing is the best way to ensure that you do not have water related problems like wetness or dampness in the basement.

Internal WaterproofingMinimize energy expenses

With interior basement waterproofing, you are able to save a bundle on your energy costs. Especially during the colder winter months in the Greater Toronto Area, you are going to save a great deal of money on your energy costs. If water can creep through your walls, it increases the amount of heat that you need to warm your basement. In addition, internal basement waterproofing is able to help you detect a crack or leakage prior to them becoming a serious issue.

Avoid health problems

The growth of toxic mold in your home may be attributed to water and humidity entering into the home. Specific types of mold are going to grow very quickly. If you have had issues with basement leaks for a long time without realizing it, you may already have experienced the negative side effects without attributing them to actual problems with waterproofing.

Different types of mold can lead to breathing issues, allergic reactions, and even asthma. This is a serious problem that you need to be able to deal with. If you want to ensure that mold does not get a chance to grow in your home, interior basement waterproofing is an excellent way of doing so.

You are safeguarding your investment

When it comes to overall value, most people have most of their value locked in their home. The last thing you want is to experience problems with water damage, severe flooding that leaves your items damaged or worse yet – structural damage because of the long-term exposure to water and moisture. If you want to make sure that you protect your home as best you can, internal waterproofing is going to be an amazing benefit.

Affordable – quick

One of the final benefits of internal waterproofing is that it does not have to take a great deal of time before it is completed. If you hire professionals such as the plumbing experts from Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services, you will find that waterproofing is done at a reasonable rate, without too much inconvenience, and you can start reaping the benefits almost immediately.

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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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Wireless Waterproof Snake Plumbing Sewer Inspection

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If you have a leak somewhere in your plumbing, one of the major challenges is finding where the exact location of the leak is. What has happened inside the pipe that is causing your leakage or a blockage? With the introduction of video inspection, it is easier than ever before to diagnose and repair plumbing problems that might have otherwise taken a much longer time to fix.Wireless Waterproof Snake

How does it work exactly?

You have probably heard the term “snake” before, which is a plumbing tool that does exactly what it sounds like. It “snakes” its way through your plumbing system. Professionals attach a fiber optic camera, which means that you are able to enjoy video inspection services. This way, it is possible for the camera to move throughout the pipes of the plumbing system easily.

The operator gets clear images back, because the snake camera is high resolution. This means that instead of having to dig down and try to find the problem manually, it is now easier than ever before to spot problems and resolve them.

What are the benefits of drain snake inspection?

What is the reason that video inspection is becoming so popular when it comes to alleviating sewer problems? These are just a handful of reasons that explain why people are so happy to use snake plumbing sewer inspection:

  • It helps with preventative maintenance – Using video to check your commercial plumbing system is going to help you be aware of any existing or developing problems that you might not have known about otherwise. This helps you stay ahead of potential plumbing issues in the future.
  • It helps save time – When you know exactly where the problem area is, it means that work can start much faster. This can save hours of work and research.
  • It is minimally invasive – A few years ago, not knowing the exact location of the problem would have meant that your entire yard would have been dug up. Now with this new video pipeline equipment, that is no longer necessary.

The importance of a quality plumbing company

If you are going to hire a professional plumbing company, it is essential that you hire a company that not only uses the latest technology, but also has the expertise necessary to quantify those results. This is why we highly recommend the professionals at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services if you have problems with your plumbing.

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Waterproofing External Foundation Walls in Toronto

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When you hear the expressions “damp-proofing” and “waterproofing” in regard to your home’s basement and foundation, what is the difference? There are distinctions – and the distinctions are important to know if you are trying to keep your basement safe.

Foundation damp proofing is mostly done at the construction stage of the building to meet the building regulatory standards. During damp-proofing, moisture resistant materials that are made up of rubber coating and hot liquid asphalt with an insulating panel are often used. The main purpose of damp proofing is to resist moisture. However, it does not offer complete protection from moisture. When damp proofing is done inside the foundation, it does not necessarily mean that water cannot pass through the external surface of the foundation.

When the foundation is waterproofed, it will stop water as best it can. Sometimes the outside water of your walls is too much the ground is unable to drain it itself, which means that water would be resting against your walls for hours. Waterproofing systems are also applied externally in the foundation to prevent any water from actually coming into your home.

In case you are not certain whether your home or business property has been damp proofed or waterproofed, it is something that you might want to determine sooner rather than later. You need to hire experienced, skilled contractors that have the expertise to do this work instead of unskilled contractors that will do more harm than good to your project, or an attempt to do it yourself.Waterproofing in Toronto

External waterproofing benefits

There are a number of different reasons that external waterproofing is important. We are going to tell you about a handful of them:

  • External waterproofing decreases the dampness in a basement. This helps in removing odors and different hypersensitivity that influence individuals.
  • When the external foundation walls are waterproofed, it strengthens the foundation and ensures its durability. This can save you a great deal of money repairs in addition to other things. Occasionally assets in your home can become damaged because of structural faults in the basement caused by an accumulation of moisture in it.
  • Moisture or water accumulation in the basement can diminish the overall value of your home. Most realtors will encourage their clients to alter their basement before making their home available for sale. Waterproofing your home can reinforce the foundation of your home, water can lead to several structural damage, which can ultimately lead to serious problems down the road.

When your basement is waterproofed, you can be sure that you are protected in a number of different ways. If you want it done right the first time around, rely on the professionals at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services for your waterproofing needs.

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Common Autumn Plumbing Problems in Toronto

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Autumn in Toronto can lead to plumbing problems, the weather is cool, the kids are back to school, the leaves are falling from the trees, many folks are preparing for the winter, it marks the change from summer into winter. Autumn reminds us that winter is coming. The temperature variation in the Greater Toronto Area brings common plumbing issues to the populace. Here are the common problems encountered in the area during autumn.Common Autumn Plumbing Problems in Toronto

Cracking/bursting of pipes

It is recommended that when you are done with the watering of your garden, the hose(s) should be disconnected and the faucets switched off. If there is a shutoff valve that leads to the outdoor faucet it should be drained and closed. It is better to stick to this precaution than allowing your pipes to be cracked.

Freezing of the pipes

Temperatures during autumn can go down far below freezing, especially during the night. These temperatures are capable of freezing the pipes when attached to your hose If you have an underground sprinkling system, the pipes should be removed and drained.

Clogging of drains

Drains are made up of tiles that are perforated and covered with gravel that pipes excess water away from the home. Leaves and debris can clog the drains and that overflow causes flood in part of your home. Inspection should be carried out in the drains regularly to clear the drains and remove the debris. Any damaged tiles should be removed and replaced.

Sewage/septic system

The autumn period can overtax your septic/sewage system, it is good to ask your plumbing professional at the beginning of the season to carry out routine checks on your sewage system and check for any future problems. The season is a good time to drain your septic tank if there is any need.

Hot water tank maintenance

When the weather is cold, there is a good chance that you will make far more use of the hot water tank for heating your water. You should ensure that it is working properly. This includes checking the tank bottom to ensure that water is not dripping under it.

General maintenance

In other to avoid the above stated common plumbing problems in Toronto, the following tips can help you avoid issues.

  • Conduct a regular check around your home, including leaky faucets and pipes. This procedure can prevent the problems before they occur.
  • Turn off the main water supply when you are away from your home.
  • Ensure that the heating system is always running to prevent freezing of your pipes.
  • Clear your drains to remove debris and leaves.

Have a regular inspection to ensure that there are no cracks or holes in your windows. If, they are present, make sure that you remove the problem. That will go a long way in preventing letting cold air in. Hire the professionals at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services to help you with your plumbing inspection and preparation needs

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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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Waterproofing Safety

Waterproofing Safety

There are not many people who know that there are hazards that are related to waterproofing. It is therefore paramount that anyone who intends to do anything to do with it learns the procedures to do with safe waterproofing. Waterproofing below grade is a really dangerous thing and for your own safety you would be better off letting a professional do it for you. Should it happen that you are using a contractor, the workers need to follow the written safety program especially when it has to do with hazard – communication requirements.

The first thing that must be done is to make sure that the work area is secured properly so that other people and even members of your household stay out of harms way. a good knowledge of waterproofing materials is essential so that one is able to use them properly without sacrificing safety at all. The reason for taking care is that among the materials used for waterproofing are those that are highly flammable. Since these products are usually solvent based it is important that they are kept away form naked flames, welding operations, cutting torches or any other sources that can cause ignition.  It is also important to make use of a good respirator especially when working with solvent materials. Should it happen that you are working in a closed area you may have to use and air fed respirator.  Safe waterproofing precautions demand that you are not complacent about this because some of those vapors emitted by solvents are deadly and if a large area is newly applied with the material it can be potentially dangerous. Since these vapors are heavier than air, there will tend to be a buildup in any sunken areas and especially in an excavation such as a foundation.

You also need to take note that many waterproofing materials are usually laden with all sorts of chemicals most of which can be harmful to the skin. As such, care must be taken that you have and use protective clothing as well as gloves. After you are done with your work, remember that you must have heavy duty chemical resistant gloves on especially when cleaning the tools you have been using in solvent. The spray equipment you will be using such as the high pressure airless sprayer can very easily inject toxic chemicals straight into your blood stream and you must as such handle them with a lot of care. Safe waterproofing also concerns taking care of your eyes by using goggles or protective glasses more so when you will be working with liquids.

Indoor Drainage Systems

Indoor Drainage Systems

So what happens to all that water that we use from our faucets, tubs, showers and sinks and where does it actually go to? It is right to assume that it actually goes somewhere. This is the reason whey the plumbing and drainage system are extremely important in the home. The indoor drainage system of your home carries waste and used water, otherwise known as gray water to the sewer system or the septic tank that is outside. The indoor drainage system has been around for as long as plumbing has been and so there are not too many changes as far as components are concerned.

Some improvements that have taken place in the drainage systems have had to do with piping materials and as days move on we may expect just a few changes if any. There are code requirements that change often and they dictate the direction indoor drainage systems usually take.  The drain pipe sizing and configurations are usually based on the layout of the home regardless of how many bathrooms are found in the home. In older homes you will find that drain pipe materials are made of thin walled stainless steel, lead, cast iron or copper. The copper steal and lead are almost always found under the sinks whereas the cast iron is to be found on basements or crawlspaces. Leaks become very common especially in the joints some of which become susceptible to rust or corrosion. These are called failure points within the indoor drainage systems and it is at this points that problems are usually eminent. PVC piping has taken the place of many of these old metal pieces because they are not only affordable but are also durable and clean. When it is time to do any repairs to the old metal piping it may be a good idea to replace as much of it as possible so as to reduce the incidence of leaks as much as possible.

For many people whose homes are built on basements the indoor drainage system is usually visible from there apart from those cases where the basement is finished. Even though cast iron was the material of choice for many years in the past, it is prone to leaks related to corrosion after some time. It is when waste accumulates along the interior of the pipes that leaks get to develop after many years. Checking that your indoor drainage system is working constantly is the best way to keep it going and prevent any potential disaster.

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