How Do I Prevent Basement Leaks?

How do I prevent basement leaks?

Summer should be a time of relaxation and fun. But when a basement leak happens, it can do more than just rain on your parade – it can ruin your summer! So before you get ready to unwind this season, make sure to put in place some preventative measures to stop basement leaks from occurring. Not sure where to start? In this brief article, we’re going to tell you exactly what you need to do to prevent basement leaks from happening and how you can ensure that you get the rest and relaxation you truly deserve this season.

Install Gutters and Downspouts

Gutters are a necessity. They catch the rain that runs off the roof of your home, and then they drain the water away from the foundation through the downspout. If your gutters are absent, damaged, or past their prime, the water will start to run down the side of your home and you’ll likely experience leaks and flooding in your basement over time. Even worse, the water can also cause damage to your concrete foundation, which can be very costly to repair. So if you don’t have gutters or need an upgrade, make sure to get them installed as soon as possible.

Keep The Gutters Clean

Installing the gutters is only half the battle. You’ll also need to regularly inspect the gutters and downspouts to ensure that they’re clean. If debris, twigs, and leaves buildup inside, it will cause the water to overflow which can lead to leaks and floods. That’s why it’s crucial to schedule a regular inspection and clean out anything that will impede the water flow.

Grade The Soil

If the soil surrounding your home is slanted towards your home, you’re more likely to experience leaks than if it’s pitched away from your house. So make sure the soil is graded at a slope of at least ¼ inch per foot so that the water that falls onto your lawn is directed into your yard and not toward your foundation.

Check Your Foundation Often

Every homeowner should regularly check the foundation of their home to see if there are any cracks forming or if tree roots are impeding on the structure. Believe it or not, the tree roots are one of the most common causes of foundation cracks and leaks. If you find any noticeable damage, it’s time to call in an Ottawa foundation repair expert.

Waterproof Your Home

We all want our homes to be dry in the summer, and if you don’t have the appropriate waterproofing, then it’s likely that you will experience a basement leak at some point. With just one phone call, you can get the highest level of protection for your home. One application of waterproofing will strengthen the structural integrity of your concrete foundation and keep the water from entering into your home, even during the harshest of storms.

Don’t spend your summer bailing out water from your basement, get your home’s foundation inspected and protected today. At City Residential Foundation Repair, we’ll ensure that you never suffer the aggravation of a basement leak again. For more tips on how to prevent basement leaks or to book an appointment with our professional Ottawa foundation repair and waterproofing team, contact us today!

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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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