Basement Waterproofing Dos and Don’ts

Basement waterproofing

Winter has made its presence felt in Ottawa and you must be indoors freezing and counting days to the spring. You must also be dreading the disaster that could happen to your basement once the snow thaws if you didn’t take steps to protect your basement beforehand.

When the weather gets rough, the part of your home most susceptible to damage is the basement. Heavy rain in combination with melting snow can cause leaks, mould growth, and worse. Fortunately, there is an easy way to avoid these headaches – basement waterproofing. Basement waterproofing will keep the ground level of your home dry and free of water-related problems no matter the weather outside.

When it comes to basement waterproofing, unfortunately it’s not as simple as buying a DIY kit and calling it a day. You need to do it right or it’s only a matter of time before water gets the best of you. With that in mind, here are some key dos and don’ts related to waterproofing your basement:

DO know that not all waterproofing solutions are equal

There are dozens and dozens of ways to waterproof your basement, from quick sealant injections to complete gut jobs. The fact is, there is only one to deliver real, lasting results, and that’s exterior digging. At City Residential Foundation Pair, we have a few different approaches, such as digging out a French drain, installing new drainage systems below the foundation, and installing a Platon membrane on the exterior wall to seal out water. Do your research and you’ll discover that this is an undeniable fact and the most reliable solution to all basement water leak issues.

DON’T rely on sealants

Remember how we just said exterior digging is the only way to get long-term results? That means any sealant you pick up at a hardware store is going to be a quick fix at best, and a waste of money and time. It doesn’t matter how fancy the packaging is or how much it costs – crack sealant and injections are not a permanent solution.

DO find the true source

This is a very common issue with leaky basements, especially if you hire an inexperienced contractor or try to do it yourself. The fact is, if you don’t identify and solve the source (and there may be multiple sources), you aren’t getting anywhere. Remember, the source may not even be visible to the naked eye. Get to the source and then you can start making real headway.

DON’T ignore small cracks

In foundation repair, we talk about structural and non-structural cracks. While obviously structural cracks are more serious, that doesn’t mean you should ignore non-structural cracks or put off fixing them. For one, they could still cause leaks or provide an entryway to creepy crawlies. The cracks could also widen/deepen and develop into structural cracks at a later point which may cost more to fix, so it’s wise to address the problem early.

DO look beyond the basement

We’re talking about basement waterproofing, but it’s part of a whole system that includes your roof, foundation, downspouts/gutters, landscaping, and even the slope of your property. All of this matters, and you need to hire a pro who knows how to look at the big picture, not apply Band-Aid solutions that don’t hold up over time.

Do you have any other questions about basement waterproofing? At City Residential Foundation Repair we’re here to help, so give us a call!

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