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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.  

Wet Basement Waterproofing 101

Common problems resulting in a leaky basement

Wet basement waterproofing can preserve your home’s structural integrity and value. A leaky basement reduces property appeal and can mean having to lower your price significantly at the time of sale. The best solution is to take precautions that will prevent this from happening.

Homeowner’s Guide to Uncovering Wet Basement Leaks

  • Inspect basement windows: Damaged caulking and cracks are a common cause for water entering a basement. Poorly insulated windows and high humidity can also lead to moisture and condensation, which cause leaky windows.  Look for pooling water.
  • Examine your basement floor and walls for cracks: This is another point of entry for water. Effective basement waterproofing requires you to fix cracks before you can waterproof them.
  • Check your eavestroughs and gutters: Clogged or broken eavestroughs and downspouts can cause leaks as well as channel water towards the foundation of your home. This water will eventually seep into your basement. Ensure eavestroughs, downspouts and gutters move water away from your house.
  • Take a look at the grading around your house: Make sure the area is sloping away from your home.
  • Ensure your pool is not leaking: A leaking pool or pool pump can lead water towards your building and basement. Inspect your pool at the beginning and end of summer to catch and fix these problems in time.

DryShield® offers various solutions to address wet and leaky basement issues including, internal drainage systems, external waterproofing/window wells, crack injections and sump pumps. As one of Canada’s largest waterproofing companies operating in the Toronto and Hamilton area, we pride ourselves on excellent workmanship and customer service.

Not sure what wet basement waterproofing problem you have? Call 1-800-277-5411 or use our handy basement diagram and find out today!

One of our basement waterproofing specialists will be more than happy to provide you with a free inspection and offer the right solution.

Does Your Toronto Home Have Wet Basement Problems?

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If you find that you have a wet basement you will certainly have a problem if you don’t take immediate steps to find the source of the problem and carry out the necessary repairs. If you ignore the problem because you don’t use the basement, you can have a large renovation problem on your hands. Water can lead to structural damage and the development of mold, both of which are costly to repair. By using the services of professional contractors in the Toronto area who specialize in drying out the basement and making it waterproof you will not only solve the problem in one swoop, but you will also add to the value of your home.

There are various types of products available for foundation waterproofing. Such a service will give you peace of mind in that when you are experiencing a heavy rainstorm you don’t have to worry about any water seeping into your basement from the outside. You do need to do your research when choosing a waterproofing company to do the work for you. First you should look for a company that has many years of experience. This will tell you that the company has been in business for a long time and the installers really know what they are doing.

Another thing to look for in foundation waterproofing and repair in the Toronto region is a company that offers a warranty on the work it performs for you. A company that stands behind its products and its work is the best one to choose. A reputable company usually offers 25 years of warranty, which means you do have a lot of time to enjoy your home, grow your family and live your life without constantly worrying about your basement. This also tells you that you can go ahead and develop the basement and in this way increase the amount of money you could realize from the sale of your home.

The City of Toronto has a waterproofing subsidy program in place to help homeowners who want to waterproof and repair the foundation of their homes. Known as the Basement Flooding Protection Program, you can receive a subsidy to cover up to 80% of the cost you incur in the process. Now that is really good news in that the job is not as expensive as you might think when you first receive the quote from the company.

Do You Have Wet Basement in Toronto?

A wet basement poses all kinds of problems to Toronto homeowners. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to live near a body of water to experience problems. Heavy rains, snow storms, and other natural issues or otherwise could potentially cause your basement to flood. Most people don’t realize any water is seeping into their basement until it happens.

Just as you check all the windows in your home for leaks during a rainstorm, you also need to pay attention to the basement. Water can seep in through the walls. As soon as you notice this happening, you need to call in a waterproofing specialist. DryShield® basement waterproofing experts know exactly what to look for and will ensure that the gets done right the first time and stays dry!

While you do need to shop around for the best price, you should do research to make sure you are not getting a bad deal in choosing the least expensive price. There are different types of waterproofing systems to choose from and each contractor has different ways of doing the work.

Be sure to check out each waterproofing company by asking for references and checking online testimonials by former customers to see if they were satisfied with the work they had done.

Don’t forget to ask for a warranty on the work. This is one way of knowing whether or not the company believes in their waterproofing work.

Having a waterproofing company make sure that no water gets into your basement should be a one-time cost. This type of work will ensure that your basement is waterproof from now on. It is not like other types of maintenance that you do on your home that you have to repeat every year or every few years.

A wet basement in Toronto can lead to all types of costly problems, most commonly the development of mold. Don’t risk your health. Contact DryShield® today to dicuss the best basement waterproofing solution for your need with a certified waterproofing specialist.