Interior vs. Exterior Basement Waterproofing

When a homeowner is faced with water issues in their basements, there are many questions that begin to take place in the homeowners’ mind.  Is the sump pump working? Can I salvage anything? How long will it take me to dry out the basement? Can I waterproof the basement myself?

Depending on the problem in a basement, every homeowner should contact a qualified professional before attempting to waterproof the basement themselves, but also to learn the options available to them, the pros and cons of a particular method, and pricing.

There are many available options when waterproofing the basement of your home. Interior basement waterproofing is one of these options.

When is it advisable for you to adopt this option? 

When the walls of your basement are dry and the water seeping is coming from where the floor meets the wall, the only solution to fix this problem is an interior basement waterproofing system.  A basement waterproofing company can install a “channel” drain system on top of the floor that will take the water to a draining point and out of your basement. As with all systems, installing a “channel” drain system comes with its issues as well. Water sits on the trough till there is enough water to begin moving and taking it to a drain point, but on the bright side, this solution can be much cheaper than other systems since it requires less labor and trenching to install.

When Is it necessary to dig around the foundation of your home?

In older homes, it is common to find problems in the basement.  From water sitting on the floor, foundation issues or structural damage, a homeowner can find himself with issues that can be very expensive if not taking them seriously.

Wet basement walls high or at ground level can be an indicator water is running down the basement walls, or water deposits high or on the middle of the walls.  The “white” deposits you see on the basement walls are a big indicator of water from the exterior is finding a way into the interior of your home.  If the drainage outside your home is not taking the rainwater away from the foundation, or the original seal on the exterior of your home has deteriorated, water is finding a way to the inside and an exterior basement waterproofing job might be the only and best option for your home.

There are many waterproofing companies around your home, but if you are looking to waterproof your basement you need to contact different companies that have a good reputation before making a decision. Compare the solutions they give you as well as the prices.  Hiring a company to waterproof the basement of your home usually requires diligence.  New companies will promise you a lifetime warranty for the work they do at your home, then go out of business within a few years.  Hiring a company with a long history in the community is not only advisable but perhaps your only alternative.


Waterproofing Your Basement In The Winter

stock-photo-22083798-water-damaged-basementThere are many benefits that owning a home brings; you’re building equity, your children have a safe home to come to, you get to add to it or repair it without consulting a landlord.  Having or maintaining a home can be rewarding, but unless you have a new home, the problems that arise with older homes can be numerous.  One of the many problems can be a wet or leaky basement, and having a wet or leaky basement should be a concern for families.  Not only could the foundation be jeopardized with a wet basement, but the health risks associated with it can be detrimental to your health.

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Stop basement water leaks before they go from nuisance to major headache

When new homes are built, the decision is made whether to use a basement, crawl or slab foundation.

Even if you don’t finish rooms in a basement right away, the opportunity will always be there as your family grows and changes. Plus, when the time comes to sell your home, the basement can offer one of the greatest returns on your investment – as long as it’s dry.

However, everyone knows basements are vulnerable to water seepage. In fact, water intrusion through the foundation is typically the single biggest complaint homeowners have about their basements.

“A waterproofed basement allows you to confidently claim more livable space, prevents any harmful effects from mold or mildew issues on your family and can even help your house sell faster and for more money,” Jim Burke of Illiana Basement Waterproofing said. “Plus, if you are thinking of selling, the current law requires you to disclose any knowledge of seepage on a disclosure form to protect the buyer.”

A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home

Moisture and Mold Prevention and Control Tips

  • When water leaks or spills occur indoors – ACT QUICKLY.  If wet or damp materials or areas are dried 24-48 hours after a leak or spill happens, in most cases mold will not grow.
  • Clean and repair roof gutters regularly.
  • Make sure the ground slopes away from the building foundation, so that water does not enter or collect around the foundation.
  • Keep air conditioning drip pans clean and the drain lines unobstructed and flowing properly.

Can I Still Waterproof My Basement In The Winter?

As a homeowner braving yet another Toronto winter, you may be tempted to leave your basement waterproofing to the spring. After all, it snows a ton in Toronto during the winter and the ground will be frozen for much of it – you can do it later, right?

Wrong. Putting off waterproofing can be a short-sighted mistake that can permanently damage the foundation of your home. Unfortunately, Toronto has the ideal conditions for water leaks: wet weather, aging home foundations, and even during the winter, we experience sudden bouts of snow melts and above-freezing temperatures that can come without a warning. Without a protected basement, all that water could end up leaking through your home’s foundations and cause a big headache upon discovery in the spring.

Canadian winters tend to have a freeze/thaw cycle, causing your house and the ground around your foundation to expand and contract at different magnitudes and rates, potentially making existing cracks larger and opening up joints where water flows through. Also, with the freezing weather comes ice jams in your pipes, troughs, downspouts, and on your roof. When your water drainage systems are clogged up, the water will have to find a different path. Typically, it flows to the ground directly beside your foundation, which is the most common place for foundation leaks.