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A great way to protect one of your biggest investments is to waterproof your basement from the outside. The act of waterproofing is like putting a warm dry coat on your home to protect it from the the harsh Canadian weather.
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Foundations that leak cause all kinds of damage to your basement walls, whether you live in an older or newer home.
If your basement is leaking you should think about having it repaired in the near future.
Regardless of whether your home is newer or older, structures that leak cause damage in many ways to the walls of your basement. If your basement happens to be leaking, you should strongly consider having it repaired.
WHY IS MY BASEMENT LEAKING?
The time when a basement is excavated, the soils that are back filled surrounding the new foundation is much looser soil than the neighbouring untouched ground. The main issue with this is that loose soil and dirt will collect a lot faster than untouched soils. Once after the ground is backfilled and the foundation walls are poured, the soil that centres the new foundation collects water and holds onto that moisture up against the brand new foundation walls. After this water adds up, it will ultimately go into the foundation walls as they deteriorate and age.
HOW DO I STOP MY BASEMENT FROM LEAKING?
The one and only way to alleviate this pressure is to install protective layers on the walls along with a system of sump pumps and weeping tiles. This way, the accumulation of water can be easily diverted away from the foundation and will allow the soil that surrounds to finally settle and become dry.
It may seen discouraging to repair a leaking foundation, but with the right waterproofing techniques we assure you that your basement will remain dry through the assistance of foundation protective sealers and coatings. This will help prevent the water from penetrating into your foundation walls. The weeping tiles will bring water away from your foundation and ultimately protect the basement from flooding in harsh weather. Membrane will also protect your wall from destruction while keeping your waterproofing undamaged for many years to come.
WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE IN STOPPING LEAKS?
Damage to bricks, concrete, timber and blocking structures – which can cost thousands of dollars in repairs- can all be caused by moisture.
It is more important than you may think to maintain a dry basement as mould spores have the ability to travel all over the home causing different types of health issues. Even though a small leak can seem harmless, we do assure you that the leak could turn into a major problem for your health if there is no protection of a proper waterproofing.
A really great option for particular houses is waterproofing the basement from the inside. That being said, we would much rather protect your basement from the outside but sadly at times the only option is to waterproof from the inside.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
A lot of companies will tell you that interior waterproofing is indeed the best choice ; they will go on about how it protects your foundation walls from damage – but there is more to it. Even though you may not have another choice but to waterproof from the inside, at Canada Waterproofers we prefer you to go into your waterproofing project with an open mind and your eyes wide open.
Waterproofing from the inside will refrain water from coming into your completed basement, allowing you and your family to enjoy a dry living area. With that said, there will always be a small amount of water trapped directly behind the membrane which as time passes will wear down your walls.
WHAT YOU SHOULD NOT DO AFTER INTERIOR WATERPROOFING IS INSTALLED
Try not to use the wrong insulation and vapour barrier following the installation of interior waterproofing. If you were to, you run the risk of condensation build up, which eventually could result in mould behind your walls. We call this “the mould sandwich.”
Explanation of a mould sandwich
You have yourself a mould sandwich when two waterproof members -that is waterproofing membrane and vapour barrier- do not let any moisture escape. This lets your rock wool insulation becomes saturated, which does inevitably turn to mould. There you have it folks, “the mould sandwich.”
HOW TO PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING
Just so you know, we are not deliberately trying to scare you out of the idea of an interior waterproofing. There are fundamental and easy ways to avoid this situation from happening to you. After interior water proofing is done, the only thing you must do is have it spray foamed throughout the refinishing of the basement. You are correct, it is just as simple as that “spray foam.”
Spray foam will become its very own vapour barrier which will eliminate that mould sandwich. So, rather than having two waterproof membranes you will have a continuous membrane because as the foam sticks to the waterproofing membrane it will seal and insulate it.
Many years ago, Toronto was where Interior waterproofing was first introduced. Now, interior waterproofing is keeping Toronto homes free from leakage and dry.
ALWAYS PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT
In the last decade, because people are completing their basements more often in Toronto & the GTA, interior waterproofing has become more and more popular. Many homes in Toronto are constructed very close to one another and the only way to really protect homes like this is to install interior waterproofing before its complete.
With the average cost of finishing a basement to be roughly $50,000, it is extremely important to have your basement waterproofed well before investing. If the basement is completed with drywall and a leak happens, not only will all the drywall have to be redone but along with that the baseboard, flooring and so on so that all mold can be extracted. Then, a new waterproofing system can be installed before completing your basement. Normally it would cost an additional $20,000 to $30,000 for refinishing.