Leaky basements can be an unwelcome source of headaches for Ottawa homeowners. If you have a finished basement, the extra moisture can damage your floor, carpet and drywall. It can also produce harmful mould, causing health concerns. When you notice you have a wet basement on hand, you need to take immediate steps for a fast, lasting leaky basement repair.
Here are some important steps to take to ensure the problem is minimized:
- Check to see where the leak came from. Some leaks can be easily fixed by yourself. If the leak is from inside the basement, due to high indoor humidity and condensation, you can install a dehumidifier. However, if you have determined that the leak is from your foundation or basement walls, it’s time to call a basement waterproofing professional.
- Call and arrange an appointment with a basement waterproofing professional. After heavy rain or snow, waterproofing contractors will be busy fielding appointments with other homeowners such as yourself. The sooner you are able to call, the better chances you will have of getting an earlier appointment.
- Move any furniture or belongings away to prevent further damage. Assess if any of the belongings can be dried and used again. Certain materials, such as wood or leather, could attract mould after being wet, and should be discarded or professionally cleaned and restored, if possible.
- Dry up the excess water. If it’s only a small area, you can use towels or a wet-dry vacuum. If the leak has turned into a full-fledged wet basement “pool”, it’s best to call a waterproofing professional like The Crack Doctor for the best course of action to take in order to prevent this incident from happening again.
The important thing is to remain calm and proactive when facing a leaky basement. Call The Crack Doctor today and we can help you get your basement dry again.