5 Ways Basement Waterproofing Saves You Money

Saving money through basement waterproofing

One of the biggest concerns for most first time home buyers in Ottawa is discovering whether or not the basement gets water in it when it rains. There is nothing worse than walking into your basement after a storm only to realize that there is an inch of water of the floor that you can’t do anything about. When water leaks into the basement of your home there are so many potential problems that it could create, especially if you use the basement on a regular basis.


Most people don’t realize that fixing this issue is typically pretty easy, especially with the help of the friendly and knowledgeable team at City Residential Foundation Repair. There are a variety of reasons that you should waterproof your basement. Waterproofing your basement ensures peace of mind when it does rain, but it can also save you a lot of money in the future. Let’s explore five paths to savings:


Sealer Paint

If you find that you basement has a small leak and it appears to be coming through the foundation as a trickle, there are actually sealer paints on the market that you can use to help reduce this issue. While it may take a little bit of time and effort to seal the basement walls, you can help avoid a wet floor by focusing on the areas that need to be sealed. This saves you money by not having to replace any type of flooring that may be installed in your basement already.


Clean Gutters & Downspouts

Have you checked your gutters lately? Often times, people forget that the gutters on their home can become clogged and need to be cleaned out. When the gutters become clogged, the water has no place to go other than down the side of your home and often times right into the basement. Cleaning the gutters in the spring and in the fall is a two-part money saving opportunity.


Seal Windows

Have you checked the windows around your home in Ottawa lately? Often times the main culprit for leaks in a basement are poorly sealed windows. Take some time to make sure that the windows are in good condition and that they are completely sealed. You may have to completely replace a window if it is in such bad condition that you can’t get the leak to stop but this will most certainly save you money in the future by not allowing water to pour into your basement during a storm.


Proper Sloping

You may need to build up the area around the foundation of your house so that it slopes away from the basement instead of towards it. This gives water the opportunity to run away from the house instead of into the basement.


Keep Belongings Dry

If you can’t afford to seal your basement right away, be sure to keep everything up off of the floor and away from where the leak may be occurring. This could save you thousands of dollars in lost personal property and replacement cost of major appliances.


Making sure that your basement is waterproofed is one of the most cost-effective things that you can do for your home. By doing small things to keep your basement sealed you can save yourself thousands of dollars in repair costs for the future. Contact City Residential Foundation Repair to learn more about effective and affordable basement waterproofing.


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I would have no hesitation in recommending City Foundation. They fixed up my foundation last summer and although the old house produced a few surprises, the professionals at City Foundation got around the problems cheerfully and completed the work. From the start, Chuck kept me informed of all of my options. If I asked for something not already in the plan, he would try to accommodate me if at all possible Chuck and his colleague Don were friendly, and respectful. They showed up every day, put in a solid day's work and always left the property clean, neat and safe for us to move around. And, the price was fair with no surprises. Great guys, good job!

- Jennifer A 5/30/2015

Excellent service, friendly

We had Chuck and his team repair a crack in our cold storage room - they were punctual, neat, and friendly. The job was completed very quickly with great results. Would definitely hire them again and recommend them to friends.

- Janet M. 5/26/2015

Good job!

Chuck did a very good job. He promised to be finished by a certain date and he was good to his word. He kept me informed of his progress through pictures sent to my email account while I was at work. My backyard is nicely landscaped and there was no damage or debris left in my yard - just a new window well and no basement leaks.

- Kathryn T. 4/14/2015

Can't say enough about the workmanship of Chuck and his crew. They assessed the problem(leak in the foundation) quoted me a price, booked appointment, showed up on time and did a very professional job.The work site was cleaned up to the point it was hard to tell there had been any serious digging at the site. If I have similar problems with my foundation they will be the first people I will call!! I would not hesitate to recommend Chuck and his crew if you have foundation problems that need repair. Duncan Hardie

- Duncan H. 4/12/2015

Professsional and Polite

My experience with City Residential was very positive. I had a crack on my foundation and knew we needed it fixed. They came in and addressed the situation and did the work cleanly and professionaly. Our property was kept nice and tidy during the repairs and they worked safely during the work. Its been a few years now since the work and no issues whatsoever. I will be using them again once we decided to fix a few areas around the garage that they pointed out would need fixing someday. Very happy and positive experience.

- Chris L. 4/6/2015

Foundation Crack (back) and Drainage (front)

The foundation crack at the back was difficult to get to and difficult to dig out. The work was done well and on time. the drainage trench at the front was also done very well and on time. I hope I don't need Chuck again but if I have foundation, drainage issues, he will be my 1st call. bc

- Barry C. 3/30/2015

This is a highly professional company with reliable, honest service. Chuck, the owner, came exactly when promised, took the time to listen to my concerns, explained the problem in an easy to understand language, described in great detail how it could be fixed, and what was - and what was not - necessary. Chuck and his team's attitude and service were at all times very honest, courteous and highly professional. Although I needed to be out of town, there were no surprises or additional costs, and everything was left tidy and clean. Chuck even followed up a couple of days later to check if everything was all right and done to my satisfaction. All in all, I was very impressed with the quality of work and the services received and would highly recommend the company.

- Beate A. 3/30/2015

City Residential Foundation Repair

Chuck Naish and his team from City Residential Foundation Repair were excellent to deal with in every aspect. Their level of integrity throughout the entire process was outstanding. They were honest, respectful and their ability to explain the process and the solution options were extremely helpful to us. The scope of the project was big, however Chuck walked us through every step of the way; assessment, testing, options and repairs which resulted in a very successful outcome. In addition, Chuck and his team were able to complete the necessary repairs with minimal impact to our newly completed landscaping which included a lot of hard scape, tiered armour stone, gardens and a pool. They kept the work site impeccable over the duration of the project. We have and will continue to highly recommend Chuck Naish for his very professional and skilled foundation repair work.

- Annette and Rick B. 3/8/2015

My experience with City Residential was great. Chuck was very friendly and very easy to deal with. I especially appreciated that he was able to come by and do the estimate in the evening when I was off work. They did the work exactly as they said they would, no surprises (which in my mind is the most you can ask for). I was really surprised by how clean they left everything in the evenings and when the job was complete. They will definitley be the first people I call if I ever need more foundation work.

- Charlie A 3/2/2015

Weeping Tile system replaced

We are very please with the work that was done. It was always a pleasure to speak with the owner and explain to him what was going on. Although we found the job to be pricey, it is impossible for us to determine if it was adequate or not at it's hard to compare to others. He ran into several problems at my house while doing the job and he took it upon himself to call the City at two different occasion so they could do some testing before he could go on. Safety was very important for them so they took all the necessary precaution so that no one could get hurt or fall into the hole that were done all around the house.

- Gisele P. 1/29/2015
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