Waterproofing and Underpinning Blog

It’s summertime and the living is easy or so the song goes. What about your basement? Is it the cool, comfortable oasis you would like to enjoy or the dank, humid place of your nightmares? Summer is a good season to judge the soundness of your basement and the foundation of your home. Because your basement is below ground it is naturally cooler than the rest of your home. It can provide you a restful…

When you are in the process of purchasing a home, your home inspector will look for signs of water damage in the basement. Older homes are susceptible to water problems in the basement especially if they sit below the water table. Wet basements are caused by foundation cracks or the lack of proper water drainage systems, they might be missing a sump pump or sewage back up valve. Your real estate…

Now with the mild spring temperatures upon us, you may be thinking ahead to summer which doesn’t seem so far away anymore. With the weather being so nice, this is a great opportunity to take some time to run a perimeter check around your house to see if there are potential water leak issues. Summer storms can exhibit high precipitation which could result in basement leaks and damage to your foundation…

Now with spring in nearly full bloom here in Toronto (ignoring the bouts of plummeting temperatures in recent days/weeks) many homeowners might be considering starting a basement finishing or renovation project this spring or summer. Doing so can be quite costly, depending on what you’re looking to do, but it can also be well worth the investment as it will increase the value of your home and provide…

The mild spring conditions Toronto residents have recently experienced is a welcome retreat from the harsh bitter winter we’ve just endured. The spring thaw has eradicated most if not all of those unsightly snow banks, which gives Torontoers a clear indication that spring has finally arrived. There are likely numerous spring maintenance items on your checklist but keeping your basement dry is a critical…

Frequent rain is common in Toronto during the rainy months of the year which can saturate the soil surrounding your house. If you keep a lush front yard or backyard requiring regular irrigation, this will also contribute to another source of water that the soil surrounding your house will be taking in. When this soil becomes saturated it can lead to erosion and cause shifting of your homes foundation,…

Regardless of where you live in the GTA, houses with sump pumps have a reduced risk of basement flooding. The mechanism behind the successful operation of a sump pump involves a sump pit which collects excess water coming from a home’s weeping tile. The rising water in the sump pit starts the sump pump which drains the sump pit through the discharge pipe, taking the water away from your house. Photo…

Finishing your basement may have been at the top of your priority list when you originally purchased your house and if this is the year you plan to do it, make sure you do it right the first time to save money and heartache in the future. Exposed foundation tells you the story of the past and the future of your basement. Small foundation cracks may seem harmless, especially if you’ve never experienced…

The bitterly cold winter the GTA has endured thus far might be getting you to think far from basement leaks; those only happen in the rainy season right? Wrong. Basement moisture, wall leakage or a flooded basement can occur year round as frozen snow can quickly melt and make its way through foundation cracks right into your basement. Protecting your basement during winter can eliminate the stress…

Heavy snow followed by flash thaws – what does it all mean for your house and basement? The periods of melting snow Toronto and surrounding areas have experienced over the past few weeks might seem like a nice break from the back breaking driveway snow shoveling and snow clearing from the car each morning, but with it can also bring problems to your house and basement. Most of the time, people think…