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Buying a new home: What to check for in the basement

Buying a new home is exciting. Whether you’re looking for a bigger place for the family, relocating or exploring investment opportunities, a new home opens up new opportunities!

It’s common for homebuyers to have houses of interest inspected prior to purchase. Home inspectors check typical elements like building structure, foundation, plumbing and electrical, and they also have a brief look at dampness.
This, however, is often not enough to uncover many dampness issues. In order to get an accurate read of the dampness in a basement, you should:
  1. Use a moisture reader

Home inspectors don’t normally use moisture readers and they are essential to getting an accurate read of dampness in a basement. It’s important that you either obtain one or employ experts to get an accurate read of moisture in the basement.

  1. Check for Efflorescence
Efflorescence is the salts and minerals that come out of concrete once the concrete absorbs water or moisture. This can be found on the concrete on the walls inside the basement. It looks like white powder, as shown below:
Most of the time, efflorescence is mistaken for mold growth. Although it is not immediately harmless, it is often an indication that the weeping tile is not draining properly on the outside, allowing the water and moisture to get into the wall.
This can cause problems later on. Poor drainage means the basement is at risk of further harm, with heavy rain or melting snow potentially resulting in basement flooding, which can be costly to fix.
Whether you’ve identified basement waterproofing issues and want a quote on repair, or you need help identifying issues, DryShield can help. We’re the experts in basement waterproofing and repair in Toronto and the GTA. We have decades of experience repairing homes and we’re Canadian owned and operated. Contact us today at 1-800-277-5411 or request a free quote online now!

Weeping tile, heavy rain and your home

It’s that time of the year again – fall. It means cooler weather, crunchy leaves and kids going back to school.

It can, however, also be a homeowner’s nightmare. Unpredictable weather from September to November can bring heavy rain.  Consequently, many people experience moisture or water seepage issues in their basement during this time. The cause? It’s often the result of old foundation weeping tile – an indicator that your home may be in need of exterior waterproofing.

How does weeping tile work?

When homes are built, weeping tile is usually laid around the perimeter of the foundation, beside the footings. See below:  

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The purpose of the weeping tile is to create a channel for groundwater to travel to proper drainage. Small slits in the hard plastic allow for water to take the path of least resistance and enter the pipes. This prevents water from saturating and pooling around the footings and then resulting in leakage and a wet basement.

The issues with old weeping tile

Over time, the weeping tile can break or become blocked with soil. Sometimes, older weeping tile is made from clay, which with age, can crumble and deteriorate. These scenarios all lead to water flowing over and interfering with your home and causing a wet, leaky basement.

The solution

If you experience any of the above, there is a high possibility that the weeping tile needs to be replaced, as well surrounding the new weeping tile with gravel to create a soil-free zone, and then surrounding both the weeping tile and gravel with fabric – a geo-textile filter cloth – to prevent clogging. This provides two layers of extra protection to ensure that dirt stays out and water reaches the weeping tile. The walls are also sealed with the highest quality rubberized urethane, poly sheeting and dimple board to guarantee a waterproofed foundation.

My basement is leaking – what do I do?

DryShield Water Solutions can help. We’re a 100% Canadian owned company and Ontario’s leading foundation repair specialists. Our team of experts can help diagnose the issue and provide you with a range of basement waterproofing solutions. Request a free estimate online, or call us at 1-800-277-5411. We are here to help.