Ignore that Leaky Basement at your Own Risk

Sometimes leaks can occur in your basement right out of the blue. Fortunately noticing the problem early and dealing with it early can prevent major costly damages.

Uncontrolled leaks in your foundation may cause serious damages in your home, not to mention mold problems. Recognizing symptoms of water damages can be done by checking your foundation or basement on a regular basis.

These signs may indicate a leak in your basement; wet carpeting, peeling or lifting basement flooring, mold and mildew, leaking plumbing, and damp spots in the drywall or wallboard.

On the outside check to ensure the ground is sloping away from the foundation, check to ensure your gutters are clear. Gutters can contribute to basement leaking, including causing the ground to be saturated near the foundation walls. Over time the water could seep into the ground and infiltrate your basement. You can avoid this problem at least by doing yearly, or seasonal gutter cleanings.

 

 

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.

 

 

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!

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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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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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