Protecting Your Basement This Summer
What poses the greatest risk to your basement space? No, it’s not mice or spiders or ants. If you guessed water, you are right. Water and condensation can cause mold to grow and affect the health of you and your family. It can also affect the structural integrity of your home. Water damage emanating from a small, almost imperceptible foundation crack can lead to thousands of dollars’ worth of necessary repairs if you have to restore a finished basement. Even with an unfinished basement, cleaning and repairing the space still presents a huge hassle and time commitment on your part. While a dehumidifier will take care of some of the problems associated with moisture, you may have bigger problems that need to be addressed. With that in mind, let’s take a look at ways you can protect your basement this summer.
Install a Sump Pump
A sump pump is a chamber that rests below your basement. It is designed to collect any excess water and then pump that water safely away from your home, effectively getting rid of waste water in the basement. A sump pump is fed from drainage around the corners of the basement as well as slits and openings where water will naturally flow. A good quality sump pump installed will ensure that any existing water will be properly removed. However, with a furnished basement space, a sump pump may only be a bandage of a bigger wound. Sump pumps can fail or overflow and will not work without a backup power source (which can cause flooding in extreme weather events where the power goes out). With that in mind, let’s consider a true fix: exterior waterproofing.
Exterior waterproofing looks at the causes of how water is getting into your basement space and stops it at the source. There are many ways you can approach exterior waterproofing. The most comprehensive and effective solution is to install an exterior waterproof membrane and exterior drainage system. If your weeping tile has failed, it may be cost-effective to repair the system. Re-grading the slope is a popular way to approach exterior waterproofing, as it will push the natural flow of water away from the house. You can also look for cracks or openings, remove vegetation from around the foundation, and provide the lower exterior of your home with some much-needed TLC. If nothing else, you can hire a professional to look at what the problem might be and offer you suggestions.
What about Interior Waterproofing?
Some sites may recommend that you focus on interior waterproofing. While their advice may seem all well and good, there are some things you should know about interior work. Designed to fill in cracks with injections, interior work is temporary at best. Ultimately, interior waterproofing will be a waste of time and money as the real problem is on the outside of the house. Often, the most visible crack is not the true source of water. Crack injection only corrects one location and does not make the basement waterproof.
Does your home need basement waterproofing, weeping tile replacement, foundation crack repair, perimeter excavation, window well installation, sump pump installation/repair, or concrete repairs? City Residential Foundation Repair is here to help – contact us to request an appointment!
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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.