Along with warmer, sunnier days, masses of green growth and the beautiful signs and sounds of new life, spring heralds the arrival of thawing ground and significant rainfall, which, depending on your home’s foundation, may be cause for concern.
According to the experts at Aquatech Basement Waterproofing in Toronto, it’s during spring’s rain-heavy months that basements often begin to show signs of water damage. A few tell-tale indicators that your home may be experiencing issues of a wet leaky basement: excess lower-level humidity, moisture around doors and windows, mould and mildew growth, floor puddles, stains on concrete walls and/or floors, peeling or bubbling paint, or wood that shows signs of rot or deterioration.
Left unchecked, these problems can not only lead to mould formation, which can damage air quality and cause a myriad of upper and lower respiratory problems within those living in the home, but water that pools inside (and outside!) a home can also weaken its overall structure and foundation. Long-term exposure can result in extensive damage that’s often expensive to repair.
The fix? Enlisting professional help to quickly curtail and resolve these problems is crucial, but in an ideal world, the Aquatech Waterproofing team says, homeowners would prioritize seeking out preventative measures such as Interior basement waterproofing before problems arise.
“Even if you don’t know of or suspect any basement leakage or foundation problems, we tell homeowners that spring is the time of year to think about having an inspection done to ensure that any problems are caught before they become major investments,” say the experts at Aquatech Waterproofing. In fact, because they believe the prevention process is so important, the company offers homeowners a foundation inspection free of charge.
That inspection begins on the interior of your home, and involves a qualified specialist walking the perimeter with a moisture detector to search for potential drainage and water-related issues within the walls and floors. Next, a careful perimeter examination of known points of weakness on the home’s exterior is completed. In particular: the grading of the property around your foundation, the mortar joints in block and brick walls, as well as the areas surrounding basement window wells, where water can build up and seep into the home. The point at which the foundation meets the brick is another key area of focus, as water can easily leak into your basement if the sill is not sealed properly, or if the original seal has deteriorated over time.
Once assessed, should interior basement waterproofing be necessary, the Aquatech team will then suggest the use of weeping tiles, drainage, waterproofing and, in some cases, a sump pump system to help manage and redirect water, ensuring that your home is protected while also avoiding an overly costly and time-consuming fix.
For exterior basement waterproofing, the team will combine layers of high-quality aquabloc membranes to waterproof the damaged area, preventing water from touching the walls, while simultaneously redirecting water away from your home.
For foundation basement waterproofing repairs in which cracking and gaps become entry points for water to enter your home, Aquatech’s team will work to enhance the stability of the home while also resolving the moisture issue.
“Each of our basement waterproofing services use the highest-grade materials in the industry, come with a 25-year wet and leaky basement warranty, and our team of highly trained experts will suggest you with the basement waterproofing cost and will guarantee that they will present the most effective solutions for your needs at an extremely competitive price,” says the Aquatech Waterproofing team.
For more information about their products, services and locations — or to schedule a free foundation inspection — visit aquatechwaterproofing.ca.