Waterproofing in Halton: How Important is it Really???

March 2, 2019

 

Can you think of many things worse for a homeowner than finding water in a basement.  Finding this sets in motion a series of panicked thoughts and scenarios which usually finds us dealing with worse case scenarios. I have good news….you do not have to put your house up for sale.  Before the panic sets in and sends us to our smart phones to find somebody to help us GET THE WATER OUT, remember that all Halton waterproofing companies are NOT created equal. Searching for waterproofing in Halton can bring up many options.  The important thing is to select the waterproofing Halton option that is best for you.

 

Don’t let simple google search for waterproofing companies in Halton leave you feeling completely overwhelmed?  This is not a one size fits all search and the work often needs to be tailored to your specific needs and situation. Some questions to ask are:  do we take an inside waterproofing approach? Do we take an outside waterproofing approach or does there need to be a combination of both? There are many types of products and systems on the market all designed with the same goal of eliminating water infiltration or channeling water away from the foundation.  We can help you understand how certain basement waterproofing approaches work and identify the best products for your unique situation. To find the right solution, we need to determine the extent of the problem

 

What appears to be just a small leak could be hiding a much larger problem.  On the flip side, what seems to be a huge issue can turn out to be something small and relatively easy to fix.  With water, all is not always what it appears to be. Moisture in your basement can lead to invasive, costly and time-consuming repairs.  If the issue has been ongoing, you could be seeing anything from structural damage to toxic mold. No matter what way you look at it, water in your basement is a serious problem.  Sometimes keeping water out is just tweaking our home maintenance routine. So, what can we as homeowners do to keep our basements dry and prevent moisture from making its way in?  The list of potential reasons that water enters the home is extensive.    You may have owned a home for 50 years and it has been completely dry. One bad storm could be the difference between a wet basement and a dry one.  The main reasons water tends to find its way into a structure is typically due to maintenance issues. The good news with that is these are generally the easiest to fix.  

 

The main culprits are:

 

Improper Grading  and/or Improper Drainage Systems:

 

Surface water from rain or snow is part of living in Canada, however, it must be able to drain away from the foundation to keep your home dry.  Grading of the area is absolutely essential for this to happen. If the ground slopes toward you home, the water will flow towards your home. If the ground slopes away from your home, so will the water.  Sometimes it is something as simple as this to stop that water from coming in. Some things you can do to ensure the water doesn’t pool against the foundation are plant gardens and anything that requires watering away from the structure.  These may offer curb appeal but they potentially invite water into your home every time you water them. Avoid putting retaining walls, or rock walls or anything that could prevent water from draining away near the structure. They are aesthetically pleasing to look at but would hold rainwater like a bowl and keep the water in the very spot we don’t want it.  Water against the building can lead to hydrostatic pressure occurs when water accumulates around your foundation. This pressure water will force its way through any seams or cracks or even through the concrete itself into your home.

 

Poorly Installed and Maintained Gutters:

 

Visually inspect the exterior of your home.  By keeping the gutters or eavestrough clean you are ensuring they can continue to function properly and minimize wear and tear.  Wet leaves are heavy and that extra weight can pull the gutters away from the home causing gaps at the roof line and compromise the way they work.  They are sloped to keep the water flowing away from your home. Their function is to collect the water from precipitation off your roof and take it away from your foundation. If they are improperly sized,  improperly installed or too clogged to function they simply will not work properly. Any of these factors will cause water to discharge from the downspout incorrectly or back up and overflow at the top of the gutter and pool at the foundation rather than drain away from it.  Take a look at your home to assess the ‘gutter health’ to save you time and money down the road. Remove leaves routinely. Leaf removal may vary from one homeowner to homeowner. A Halton home in an area with mature trees will require more effort than one located in a new subdivision.  Make sure the discharge on your downspout is functioning properly and that it is discharging as far from the dwelling as possible. Assess the home and decide which downspout and discharge is right for your Halton home. A longer discharge is not helpful if it poses a trip hazard. These small steps along with the correct grading will encourage water to naturally flow away from the home.

 

With the spring thaw (hopefully) not far away, keep an eye on your basements.  If you find that dreaded water in your home, call us before you call the realtor. We are here to make sure it doesn’t happen again.  We can assess the extent of the problem and advise you on the best solution.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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