The Crack Doctor: Local Basement Waterproofing Guide 101

Oct 21, 2013

If you own a home with a basement, you need to be sure that it has been properly waterproofed. Even if your home hasn’t experienced any flooding, water and moisture can still seep into your basement through cracks in the walls. If left untreated, mold and mildew can grow, which is bad for your home and the health of your family.

There are several ways to waterproof your basement, dependent upon what type of foundation you have.

  • During the construction process – Local basement waterproofing is supposed to occur during the construction of your home. If it was done properly by the builders, your basement should be well protected. However, there is never any guarantee that the waterproofing was performed adequately.
  • Sump Pump – Sometimes your basement floor will be built on a slight slope, allowing any water that enters your basement to flow towards your sump pump. This is designed to prevent your basement from flooding, but the construction within the walls and floor allowing for the flow of water could actually facilitate the growth of mold. Additionally, your sump pump may not be able to keep up with heavy rains.
  • Drainage Systems – If you live in an area with frequent heavy rain, you probably have an Exterior Foundation Drain. This is essentially a drainage system around your foundation that diverts water from the basement walls.

If you experience flooding, moisture, leaks, mold or mildew in your basement, you require local basement waterproofing. Your problems could be due to cracks in the floor or walls, leaks around the window wells, leaky pipes, sewer backups, or other problems.

Some of the methods that may be used to improve your waterproofing include interior or exterior drainage, above floor systems, trench drains, crack injection, and others.

For a reliable local basement waterproofing contractor, choose The Crack Doctor. Thousands of homeowners in Southern Ontario have already chosen us for their waterproofing needs because we are an accredited wet basement waterproofing contractor, and all of our work is backed by a Lifetime Transferable Warranty.

Request an estimate for local basement waterproofing from The Crack Doctor today.

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