Don’t Underestimate the Cost of Waterproofing your Basement

No one but no one wants to find water in their basement let alone experience the damage that water can do to their belongings. Whether caused by extreme weather, overflowing river banks, backed up sewers, it is not a happy discovery that the great outdoors has come inside for a stay!

The main purpose of the foundation of your home is to protect the integrity of the structure. You will also find most of the home’s infrastructure stored in the basement such as the furnace, water tanks, electrical boxes, perhaps laundry facilities. Basements can be finished to include extra living spaces, bedrooms, entertainment centres, or offices. Most people also have personal items stored in the basement such as seasonal decorations, photos, papers, books, or off-season clothing. All of this is at risk if water gets in.

So, how does water get in?

The main source of water damage is from faults in the foundation walls or floors. This can be in the form of cracks, spaces created when the foundation settles so now the windows or doors are not quite set, old masonry cracks or crumbles. Water can also seep in through the masonry over time leaving behind a white or yellowish stain from the minerals it has carried. Another source of water entering the basement is through old or damaged sump pumps and other drainage systems.

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What to do when the water gets in

Hire a professional basement waterproofing company to fix the problems in your basement and to seal the walls and flooring. While it is not inexpensive to carry out a basement waterproofing project you have to consider:

  • Damage to whatever you have in the basement
  • Replacement of furniture, flooring, electronics, appliances
  • Loss of sentimental items like photos and other mementos
  • Time off work to deal with water
  • Possible loss of rental income
  • Inability to sell your home at a later date
  • Health issues: water can cause bacterial growth of mould and mildew. While mildew can easily be cleaned, mould can lead to lung illnesses especially for any family member who already experiences breathing problems.
  • Psychological issues: worry and anxiety about when the next time water gets in.

These costs are not minor and will be repeated if you don’t stop the water from getting in on a permanent basis.

How to prevent water from getting in!

A professional basement waterproofing company like City Wide Group can recommend the best waterproofing project for your home. There are two main methods — exterior and interior. As you might expect, the exterior method involves digging a trench around the outer perimeter of your home, repairing any faults, laying new weeping tiles, connecting to the drainage system, covering the walls of the foundation with a rubber membrane, and filling in the trench, making sure the soil grades away from the foundation wall. The interior method has the trench dug on the inside of your basement wall, laying new weeping tiles, ensuring the drainage is connected appropriately, and the rubber membrane is laid before the concrete filled to the level of the basement floor. Cracks are repaired in this method too. Both may involve new sump pumps or back up sewage valves; it depends on the needs of your home.

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City Wide Group has more than 50 years in the basement waterproofing business. Their expert technicians are trained in the latests technology, they are certified, bonded and insured. As a family-owned company, City Wide Group places a high priority on customer satisfaction and they ensure your property is returned to its pre-project appearance. They treat your home like their own. The fact that they are Winners of the Consumer Choice Awards in their category for 23 consecutive years speaks to the high-regard from customers. Call them today to save yourself the heartbreak and expense of water damage in your basement.