The Crack Doctor experts can waterproof a wet basement from the inside quickly and affordably.
The Crack Doctor Has The Cure!
One of the best ways to ensure a problem never occurs is to stop it in its tracks before it starts. That’s one of the reasons so many homeowners decide to waterproof their basement even if they have never had a leak in the past.
Basement waterproofing is the act of preventing water from entering a basement, thus mitigating the chances of severe water damage. Generally speaking, basements are commonly made of either solid poured concrete, cinder blocks, or stone; all of which can leak.
Why Basements Leaks
Basements leak because water enters through some sort of penetration. Some of the most common of these include:
- Foundation cracks;
- Tie ride holes;
- Leaking penetrations (e.g., around pipes for electrical, gas, and plumbing);
- Sill plates;
- Failed weeping tile;
- Window wells;
- Leaking mortar joints; and
- Construction joints.
Additionally, if a property’s weeping tile drainage system isn’t working properly, water can come up from under the floor, as well as around the edges of the walls. Malfunctioning sump pumps can also cause water to come up through floor cracks.
How Basement Waterproofing Works
Fortunately for homeowners with leaky foundations, it is possible to fix a wet basement from either outside or inside. To repair from the inside avoids the need to dig outside.
To waterproof a basement from the exterior of the home, the earth around the bottom of the foundation wall is excavated. At this point, the weeping tile is exposed; afterwards, it can be inspected and, if necessary, replaced. The walls are then pressure-washed, and all holes and cracks are repaired. New gravel is placed over the new weeping tile. At this point, two waterproof membranes – one rubber, and one air gap – will be installed over the entire subterranean portion of the foundation. The excavation is backfilled and the earth is compacted.
Interior waterproofing is performed by creating a trench through the floor at the floor wall joint along the edge of the leaking wall or walls. The subfloor drainage system or French drain is installed in the trench and covered with clear drainage gravel. An Interior waterproof membrane is installed to cover the foundation walls, and this membrane connects to the drainage system under the floor. New concrete is poured to repair the floor and the system is often connected to a sump pump. This is considered a permanent waterproofing solution and basement finishing can proceed as per usual.
Smaller repairs, like foundation cracks, often require only the injection of high-pressure urethane resin from either inside or outside.
HELPFUL TIP: If the leaking foundation is made up of construction blocks or cinder blocks, it will naturally be expected to leak due to the hollow nature of the foundation walls, unless it has been made waterproof.
Don’t Wait Before It’s Too Late
It’s Time To Call The Crack Doctor!
When you discover a ‘wet basement’ or that infamous ‘crack’ in your concrete wall or floor… it can be unsettling and stressful. But one call will do it all and make the problem go away. We are Canada’s original and largest Foundation Crack Repair Specialists and service most of Southwestern Ontario including Toronto to Ottawa.
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The Crack Doctor is a truly Canadian professional, accredited full-service waterproofing company able to permanently solve any problem with a wet basement from inside or outside with or without digging.
We know and understand the specific challenges that the Canadian climate can create when it comes to water management and your home.
We use systems, technologies and formulations that are owned by us and are exclusive to our company. Our procedures and techniques have had a revolutionary effect on the waterproofing industry.
Our process that we created has now become the accepted standard and when followed will create a complete, permanent waterproofing fix for any wet basement.
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The Crack Doctor has helped more homeowners make their wet basements dry than any other waterproofing company in Canada. Our highly trained experts are Master Waterproofers and are able to fix any wet basement problem small or large.