Your Guide to a Waterproof Basement
Whether it’s an extra den for the kids or a place you use for extra storage – your basement is one of those fundamental parts of your home that you and the foundation of your home rely on. So if it starts to spring a few leaks, and begins to flood occasionally, it’s important to take action immediately and address it in order to avoid extensive water damage and mold or mildew. Here’s a guide on how you can waterproof your basement.
One of the most important features that inevitably determine the waterproofing of your basement is the grading level of the soil surrounding the foundation. Grading of the soil should always be sloped away from the base of your home in order to direct ground moisture and excessive water away from your house rather than towards it. If your home is old, improper practices during the time it was constructed may result in why you could have incorrect grading. Unfortunately, this situation also often applies to new build homes that were constructed improperly.
Any DIY solution here will ultimately be temporary, unfortunately. For example some guides recommend packing soil against your foundation to alter the slope, but what happens if this soil gets washed away? Call a foundation repair contractor to evaluate your entire property and fix the soil grading while taking into account the size of your yard, closeness of neighbours, and related factors. If soil grading cannot be fixed, don’t worry – an exterior basement waterproofing solution can safely divert water away from your basement.
Clogged gutters and downspouts are the most common cause of excessive water pooling in and around the base of your home. Leaves and other debris left over from the fall and winter can easily accumulate and allow water to collect around your foundation.
Whether you do it yourself or hire someone, always clean out your gutters and downspouts to ensure that pipes can do what they are meant to and carry water away from your home.
Cracks in your walls and foundation over time can transport moisture into your basement causing leaks and water damage, especially any cracks located around pipes or structures that go all the way through the concrete.
All cracks should be sealed to keep away water. However, crack repair is not a permanent, comprehensive solution to wet basement leaks. A truly effective solution requires exterior foundation waterproofing.
Cracks, mold, wood rot, along with a variety of other issues can easily develop as a result of water damage in your basement. Your basement is an essential component to the structural integrity and quality of air throughout your home, so it’s imperative to keep an eye out for any signs of water damage and address them immediately when you do notice them.
Does your home have a leaky basement? Call City Residential Foundation Repair today! We service homes in Ottawa, Kanata, Orleans, Bells Corners, Manotick, and surrounding areas in the National Capital Region.
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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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.