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What Do I Do If I Have a Wet Basement?

You are one of the millions of Toronto house owners who have a basement……and it is wet!  What do you do?  Well you should really contact your local Toronto waterproofing company and ask for their assistance in curing your wet basement.

First of all try and find out where the water is coming from and how severe it is.  Is it a leaking pipe from upstairs? Inconvenient, annoying, expensive but easy to cure – just find the pipe and get I fixed.  Now you just have a large clear up job.

If the leak is not inside, then look outside at your gutters to see if they are overflowing or one of your down pipes is broken.  Water will flow down your wall and make its way into your basement.

Most wet basements are caused by leaks in the walls – mostly because they are under the ground.  Even the most well built wall will have some small holes in them and the pressure of the outside earth will force water through them.  Over time, these small cracks become larger cracks.  If you live in an area with a lot of storms or a high water table then you usually will have problems.

If you have a finished basement, examining the walls can be difficult to find and repair.  There are paints on the market that can seal your walls, but there are better means of waterproofing your basement.

The most common method is to waterproof the outside of your basement walls.  This will involve digging down to the bottom of the foundations and is best undertaken by a skilled Toronto waterproofing company – not least because of the safety aspect.

If you do not have a finished basement, it is also possible to affix a waterproof membrane on the inside walls.  This is far easier, but is a skilled job and really requires an expert to undertake the work.

If you have mould, this can cause medical problems from asthma to more serious respiratory illnesses and you need to get rid of it quickly. Your Toronto waterproofing company will know how to get rid of mould quickly and efficiently.

So if you have a basement and it is not waterproof, or even worse if it is wet, then call your local Toronto waterproofing company as quickly as possible.

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