Winter Basement Tips

WINTER BASEMENT TIPS

With snow and ice piling up during the winter, and when temperatures begin to warm the melting water than results can seep into your basement and cause untold trouble. Every problem has a solution, however. Snow came early for most of us this year, but you can still take steps now to make sure your home can handle the winter and come out damage-free when the snow melts in the early spring.

Here’s a few tips to help winterize your home and basement for this winter:

SNOW SHOVELING

When you are clearing your driveway of the snow, also shovel near the house and move the snow away from your foundation walls. Otherwise, it will harden into a wall of thick snow and ice and could potentially seep into your basement when the temperatures warm. It’s a simple step and it will make a big difference.

KEEP YOUR GUTTERS AND DOWNSPOUTS CLEAR

Your gutters and downspouts have a job to do: direct rainwater and melted snow safely away from your home and your home’s foundation. If they are broken, clogged, missing, or otherwise damaged they can’t do this job. Either do it yourself or hire a pro to clean dirt, leaves, twigs, and debris out of the gutters and make sure everything is in good working order. Also make sure downspouts are in place and directing water a safe distance from the home.

PROBLEMS WITH PIPES

Like everything, pipes can also freeze. When frozen, they tend to crack and there comes a flood. Make sure all pipes are well-insulated to minimize the risk of freezing. If you are going to be out of town for a while, make sure the heat is kept on warm enough, so the pipes don’t freeze.

CHECK THE SUMP PUMP

Double check the sump pump and its back up power source. Should it fail to work properly, you are looking at a heap of trouble. Does it have its own power supply (sumps should even be on their own circuit). Do you have a battery back up for the sump pump in the event of a power outage?

If you notice a basement leak, call a professional foundation repair company for help right away. The longer water seepage goes on the more work it takes and cost to repair it. Always good to be prepared ahead of time.

 

5 Common Myths about Repairing a Leaky Basement

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  • You can only do it in the spring/summer or when its dry- Wrong!

 

Interior repairs and modern materials are utilized all year round, even if there’s water pouring in! Exterior waterproofing materials and methods can mainly only be done when the weather is good. A nice dry day with temperatures that will allow the materials to set up the way they were intended. Most of these repairs, if done by an established waterproofing company, can be done even when the deficiency is actively leaking

  • You can only do a repair on the outside- Wrong!

 

This is an old way of thinking. Today’s modern products and methods can seal a leak effectively from the interior of the foundation. There are many companies offering crack injections and interior drain systems that offer long-term warranted solutions.

  • Crack repairs cost thousands of dollars and mean big trouble for your foundation- Wrong!

 

Cracks in the foundation are typically just caused from normal settlement and rarely pose any further structural problems. Cutting edge polyurethane injections are an inexpensive solution to seal a leaking foundation crack.

  • Any handyman or contractor can do foundation repairs- Wrong!

 

Many a handyman or “do it yourselfer” will attempt to repair a foundation leak themselves. Most often the repairs will fail and it will end up costing more to have the repair done professionally. A professional will have to try and repair what was done, plus you’ve already spent money on the first repair attempt, and now you have to pay a professional to do it. Remember that the cheapest price is not always the best choice. Like any service type of business, choose the company wisely. Look for an established foundation repair company that are well established, and have a high degree of integrity.

  • My insurance will cover foundation repairs- Wrong!

 

Although most homeowners will call their insurance company when a basement leak occurs, rarely is this covered by most insurance policies. It would be a good idea if you have a sump pump to have sump pump insurance, or if you live in a flood prone area to have flood insurance. There have been instances where a homeowner’s insurance gets cancelled if they have one claim, and then have another subsequent flood.

 

 

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Wise Cracks is your interior crack injection repair and basement foundation waterproofing specialists serving Cambridge and Waterloo Region. Trust Wise Cracks to provide professional, cost effective and timely year-round service.  Wise Cracks are industry leaders using time tested and proven repair processes.

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Inside and outside foundation crack repairs, basement waterproofing & concrete repair Year-round service.

Turn your wet basement into a dry basement cost effectively by:

– Interior crack injection repair using Wise Seal® flexible resin
– Wise Dry® interior drainage system (french drains)
– Exterior excavation crack repairs & waterproofing
– Window well repairs, installation and replacement.
– Window well covers
– Sump pump replacement
– Parging

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Cambridge Wise Cracks Key Benefits

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– Year round services
– Costly exterior excavation is not necessary
– Minimal disruption to the client
– Clean and efficient repair process
– Non intrusive process with no odours and non toxic cured product
– Impermeable to water and chemical resistant
– Environmentally friendly
– Closed nature of our resin makes it unaffected by freeze-thaw cycles
– Extremely cost effective

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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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For all of your foundation repair requirements trust Wise Cracks in Fredericton, New Brunswick to provide professional and timely services. Wise Cracks Concrete Technologies Inc. are industry leaders in foundation repair, retaining wall repair, manhole repairs, parking garage repairs, elevator pit repairs, some outside crack repair and drainage.

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Foundation repair, waterproofing & concrete repair

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Wise Cracks Key Benefits:

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  • Cost Effective Solutions for Wet Basements
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Wise Cracks is your interior crack injection repair and basement foundation waterproofing specialists serving Kitchener and Waterloo Region. Trust Wise Cracks to provide professional, cost effective and timely year-round service. Wise Cracks are industry leaders using time tested and proven repair processes.

Our Services:

Foundation Crack Repair, Waterproofing & Concrete Repair
Inside and outside foundation crack repairs, basement waterproofing & concrete repair Year-round service.

Turn your wet basement into a dry basement cost effectively by:

– Interior crack injection repair using Wise Seal® flexible resin
– Wise Dry® interior drainage system (french drains)
– Exterior excavation crack repairs & waterproofing
– Window well repairs, installation and replacement.
– Window well covers
– Sump pump replacement
– Parging

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Kitchener Wise Cracks Key Benefits

– Free Estimates
– Life time transferable warranty in most cases
– Year round services
– Costly exterior excavation is not necessary
– Minimal disruption to the client
– Clean and efficient repair process
– Non intrusive process with no odours and non toxic cured product
– Impermeable to water and chemical resistant
– Environmentally friendly
– Closed nature of our resin makes it unaffected by freeze-thaw cycles
– Extremely cost effective

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For all of your foundation repair requirements in Moncton, Dieppe, and surrounding areas, trust Wise Cracks to provide professional and timely services.  Wise Cracks are industry leaders in concrete repair, retaining wall repair, manhole repairs, parking garage repairs, elevator pit repairs, some outside crack repair and drainage.

Locally owned and operated by Dan Poirier, Wise Cracks of Moncton is dedicated to providing a worry-free experience whether the job is big or small.  Our polite team members will respect your home or place of business, explain the issues that are causing your foundation leaks, and recommend long term warranted solutions.

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For all of your foundation repair requirements in the Niagara Region trust Wise Cracks toBlaine New Truck provide professional and timely services.  Wise Cracks are industry leaders in basement waterproofing, concrete repair, retaining wall repair, manhole repairs, parking garage repairs, elevator pit repairs, some outside crack repair and drainage.

Locally owned and operated; Wise Cracks of Niagara is dedicated to providing a worry-free experience whether the job is big or small.  We service the entire Niagara Region; Niagara Falls, Niagara-On-The-Lake, St. Catharines, Fort Erie, Welland, Pelham, Port Colborne, Thorold, Grimsby etc. Our professional staff will respect your home or place of business, explain the issues that are causing your foundation leaks, and recommend long term guaranteed solutions. We even have financing available.

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For all of your foundation & basement repair requirements in Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford, Fall River, Hammonds Plains, Enfield, Lantz, Truro, East Hants, Mount Uniacke, Windsor, Chester and surrounding areas in Nova Scotia trust Wise Cracks to provide professional and timely services.  Wise Cracks are industry leaders in concrete repair, waterproofing, retaining wall repair, manhole repairs, parking garage repairs, elevator pit repairs, Crawlspace waterproofing, some outside crack repair and drainage. Chosen by you, the Consumer, we are six year winners of the coveted Consumer Choice Aware. We were also nominated Business of the Year by the Halifax Chamber of Commerce! We match the repair to the best needs of our customers and not overpriced elaborate jobs that are costly and unnecessary.

Locally owned and operated, Wise Cracks of Halifax is dedicated to providing a worry-free experience whether the job is big or small.  Our polite team members will respect your home or place of business, explain the issues that are causing your foundation leaks, and recommend long term warranted solutions. Financing available.

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  • Lifetime warranty in most cases
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  • Clean and efficient process
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  • Impermeable to water and chemical resistant; Environmentally Friendly
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