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The Cost of Waterproofing Your Home
February 18, 2016
The cost of waterproofing your home can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to break the bank. For all you folks in Toronto, Etobicoke, Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington and Milton, dealing with flooded and leaky basements can be a struggle. Fortunately, getting affordable basement flooding solutions can be as easy as just taking a few simple steps to ensure that you are well prepared for the melting snow and spring showers that will soon be upon us.
First and foremost: ensure your eavestrough system is not clogged and your downspouts are securely fastened and extended away from your foundation wall. Winter’s ice buildup can crush and damage your downspouts; stopping the snow and ice melt from your roof to drain away from your foundation wall.
Common culprits for leaky basements include cracked floors and walls, window wells that don’t drain, choked exterior weeping tile (or no weeping tile at all), leaky pipes, poor drainage systems and backed-up drains. Many times a visual inspection is enough to ascertain the origin of the leak – if you see that your floors or ceilings are sagging or a trail of moisture emerges from a part of the wall, it’s usually a clear sign of where the problem is coming from.
The use of infrared thermography is a common tool used to detect even trace levels of moisture before they begin to foster mold growth and rot wood beams. Regular inspections can catch leaks before they can do significant damage to your basement. If you can catch the leak early and determine that the leak isn’t caused by the foundation itself, then the solution is usually a lot cheaper and quicker than hiring a professional to rebuild whole sections of your basement. Some solutions can be as simple as fixing a section of a pipe or redirecting your drainage away from your house.
If you have indeed experienced water damage that cannot be fixed by yourself, don’t hesitate to call us and request a quote at (905) 824-2557 Mississauga, ON. The folks at G J MacRae make a living dealing with this very issue, so if you need a professional’s advice or help you know where to go to.