How to Fix a Leaky Basement

How-to-Fix-A-Leaky-BasementThere is no other way of looking at it. Leaky basements are downright upsetting. Although basement leaks are common in most homes, finding your precious items sitting in, or worse, floating in water can be devastating.

Identifying the source of a leaky basement

Finding a basement leak can be tricky. Rule of thumb is to follow the source as you wouldn’t want to waste your time calling a waterproofing contractor if the source of the leak is a plumbing issue in either your kitchen or bathroom upstairs.

For a finished basement, wet or moldy drywall and wet flooring is generally the first clue that you have a foundation water problem. In an unfinished basement, a crack in a basement will leak, will leave discolouration or staining on the foundation wall and there may be dry, mildew patches on the wall and floor at the source. You can go outside the problem area and look for any cracks in the wall. If you find one, ask a professional to asses, and advise on proper repair.

Sometimes high humidity levels in the basement can be indicative of a basement leak.

Can You Fix a Basement Leak?

DIY projects are always fun for homeowners. With that said, your home is one of your greatest assets, where your foundation plays a key role. i.e. holding up the structure.

Fixing a basement leak yourself could be as simple as redirecting a down spout in the area or reattaching an old fallen off pipe.
The next option would be preventing water from coming through the foundation. This requires a marginal investment as you will need to waterproof your foundation. You may need to excavate the area in question all the way to the footing. The foundation will need to be cleaned and a waterproof membrane or coating can be applied to the foundation.

The last option is to plug or seal the hole or crack with hydraulic cement. This can be used to patch a leaky foundation and can be applied wet or dry. As a waterproof contractor, “We try and steer homeowners away from doing this as it is a temporary fix that could cause further damage to your foundation”.

Hire a Waterproofing Contractor for your basement leak?

As previously stated, your home is one of your greatest investments that you’ll make in your lifetime. Your house requires a well maintained foundation to avoid humidity problems, mould issues, and structural damage. Temporarily fixing a leaky basement may be your only financial option, but at least have a waterproofing contractor to advise you, and help you get a full understanding of what you are facing today and down the road.

People are astonished by the fact that it’s usually more cost efficient to have the repair professionally done!

Basement Leaks; A Homeowner’s Worst Nightmare

Basement Leaks Happens To Every Homeowner!

We’ve all had that moment when we ventured into the basement only to find wet clothes in the laundry room, a wet carpet in the family room, or ever worse, a flood that has ruined our valuable keepsakes in the storage area!  Yes, basement leaks can be a homeowner’s worst nightmare.

It doesn’t matter if your home is old or newly constructed, you’re going to experience foundation cracks sooner or later for a variety of reasons.

How to Repair a Foundation Crack.

There are several products available to the consumer to fix foundation cracks.  However, most of the products tend to be a temporary fix to a much larger issue.   There are several types of foundation cracks and there is a specialized way to deal with every circumstance.  This is why it is important to have an expert evaluate the crack before jumping into any quick foundation repair fixes. Most professional companies that do this will also offer a warranty on the repair work. Wise Cracks not only offers a warranty on their work, it is also transferable to the next owner.

Types of Foundation Cracks and What You Should Know

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Shrinkage Foundation Cracks

Shrinkage Foundation Cracks generally happen in newly poured foundation as the concrete shrinks and cures into position.  Normally shrinkage cracks can be found in the centre of the third length of the foundation and they do not extend along the surface.   They do not affect the structural integrity of the building but will cause water seepage.



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Horizontal Foundation Cracks

Horizontal cracks is a result of the pressure applied on the exterior foundation wall.  This type of crack is uncommon and sometimes occur because of the poured wall originally being back filled too soon.  This type of crack rarely has any ongoing movement because the only movement would be against gravity.



Basement Leak Repair Settlement Crack

Settlement Foundation Cracks

Every building shifts into position.  Settlement foundation cracks are in most cases vertical in length and runs completely through the structure.   These are most often caused by structural problems pushing in on the wall due to freeze thaw movement. For example, an outside retaining wall attached to the foundation that is not heated can lift and will cause movement if left uncorrected. We have solution for such situations.


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