Waterproofing New Concrete Foundations

Waterproofing may be the least exciting phase of construction, but it’s one of the most crucial. While there really isn’t any artistry involved, it’s easy to overlook the importance and just go through the motions. Many builders want to rush through things and get this phase of the job done quickly, but if you want to avoid any future problems in callbacks, leaks and so on, you must take the time to get this step right. Always remember that it only takes one hole in your drinking glass to ruin your shirt!

Other than a fire, probably the worst thing that can happen to a residential structure is a foundation problem. The foundation is literally what the house is built on, what keeps the building where it was built, transferring the dead loads and the live loads into the ground.

The source of the vast majority of foundation problems is water. Wet soil beneath a foundation can swell or lose strength. And that’s only the first reason to keep the foundation dry. Then there’s the potential that wet damp basements and crawl spaces could breed mold and make below-ground interior spaces generally unpleasant. The problem is that typical concrete is not waterproof. Although it may not be cracked (which is actually rare) it will typically keep out liquid water, water vapor can still penetrate quite easily. Keeping water drained away from concrete foundations and preventing it from moving through the concrete are essential to a successful structure.

Accomplishing our goal, then, of draining any water away and ensuring a dry interior space below grade can be relatively simple or fairly involved depending on geographic location, climate, topography, soil/water table conditions, and depth of the foundation. There are three components of any system designed to keep water out. These are, from the bottom up:

  • Drains to move water away from the bottom of the foundation
  • Wall treatment to prevent moisture from moving through the wall and to route water down to the drains
  • Ground surface treatment adjacent to the building to direct surface water away

And remember that since this will mostly be underground when the building is complete, doing it right the first time is critical, because coming back to fix it is an expensive undertaking. A leaky foundation in a residential building can damage finishes and furnishings, even the structure itself. In a commercial building, water can ruin expensive equipment and disrupt vital work. It all adds up to lost money, wasted time, upset customers and sometimes litigation.

Avoid a Leaky Wet Basement with Regular Sump Pump Maintenance

Installing a sump pump drawingOne of the worst thing that can happen during a big rainstorm or melt is suddenly finding that  your sump pump has stopped working. By investing in sump pump maintenance, you will save yourself money and the nasty task of bailing water out of a wet basement if the sump pump stops working, not to mention the cost of potential damage to your property.

Why Do Sump Pumps Break Down?

Unfortunately, sump pumps are liable to wear and tear. These are mechanical devices after all – parts naturally wear down over time. Sump pumps have a number of moving parts, so many of those parts are bound to become worn or loose after years of repeated use, so it’s important that you perform regular checkups to ensure its operating properly. If you’re not sure contact a reputable waterproofing company to perform an inspection for you.

What to check?

#1: The Float

Floats can get caught and tangled in debris, which inhibits the float’s ability to determine whether water levels are manageable or not.  They often just stick sometimes for no known reason. If the float can’t “float” then your pump can’t do its job.

#2: The check Valve:

Another important part to maintain is the valve – particularly the check valve.  This valve makes sure that any water that flows through the pipes from your sump pump only flows away. In other words, the valve ensures that your water does not back up into the pump.  This process subjects the valve to a lot of pressure when the pump operates, giving some opportunity to break down.

#3: Pipes, Hoses & the Sump Pit

The water that gets pumped away from your basement waterproofing systems is not always pure.  Since the water can be contaminated with different elements, it can clog your pipes and hoses over time.  Also clean out your sump pit on a regular basis. It’s not uncommon to find everything from rocks and mud to lime and rust deposits when performing routine maintenance.

#4: The Pump Itself

A sump pump is a mechanical device and will wear out. If the pump is broken, it will require repair and usually replacement.  Most times when in doubt replace it with a new one. This is not something to procrastinate over!  Avoid the stress of a breakdown by maintaining your sump pump on a regular basis. The old saying holds true that “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Grey Bruce West Simcoe Wise Cracks – Owen Sound – Foundation Repair – Waterproofing

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For any  leaky wet basement repairs in Grey, Bruce and West Simcoe counties, Ontario, trust Wise Cracks, with their offices in Owen Sound to provide professional and timely services.  Wise Cracks are number one in their field and industry leaders in concrete repair, retaining wall repair, manhole repairs, parking garage repairs, some outside crack repair and drainage. Just look for our sign at our location.

Locally owned and operated by Mike Cochrane out of Owen Sound, Ontario, Wise Cracks of Grey, Bruce, & West Simcoe Counties, Ontario, are dedicated to providing a worry-free experience whether the job is big or small.  We will inspect your home or place of business, explain the issues that are causing your foundation leaks, and recommend long term warranted solutions.

Contact us today! Contact form and info below.

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Foundation waterproofing & concrete repair

  • We turn wet leaky basements into dry basements; Interior drain systems
  • Crack repairs using our unique proprietary Wise Seal* Products & Wise Dry* Systems
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Halton Region Wise Cracks – Foundation Repair – Waterproofing Wet Leaky Basement

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For all of your Wet leaky Basement repairs in Burlington, Oakville, Milton, Georgetown & Acton in Halton Region, Ontario. We are happy to help with any Foundation repair or waterproofing need. Wise Cracks are the number one basement repair company, repairing many issues such as: concrete repair, crack repair, waterproofing, retaining wall repair, manhole repairs, parking garage repairs, elevator pit repairs, some outside crack repair and drainage.

We offer peace of mind – Wise Cracks Halton can transform your wet leaky basement into a dry basement in no time. Contact us today and we would be happy to provide you a free assessment of your wet leaky basement and provide advise on your options.

Locally owned and operated the Halton Wise Cracks location are confident we can provide peace of mind, no matter if the job is big or small. We would be happy to view your leaky basement situation and go over what may be causing your foundation leaks, and recommend long term guaranteed dry basement solutions.

 

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Leaky Wet Basement? How To Identify The Problem

Ninety-Eight percent of houses experience some form of basement leakage

Basement Foundation RepairIDENTIFYING THE PROBLEM

The presence of efflorescence, a white mineral deposit inside the foundation walls indicates moisture penetration. The severity of the problem, whether minimal or actively leaking, is not always indicated by the amount of efflorescence. Other than puddles of water that can accumulate on the basement floor, there are often other clues that a homeowner may notice; such as rusty nails in baseboards, rotted wood near floor level, rusted metal bottoms of household appliances, mold and mildew, lifting flooring or tiles, peeling paint, and a high humidity level. If looking to purchase a home look for signs of water problems like these mentioned. Other signs that the home has a water problem are; items being stored on skids in the basement, and any signs of water staining on walls, either bare concrete or finished wall board.

CORRECTIVE ACTION

Poor surface drainage is one of the main causes of basement leaks. The ground should slope away from the house at a rate of one inch per foot, for at least the first six feet. As a preventative measure, any gaps between where the driveway and sidewalk meet the foundation walls should be sealed. Ensure that your gutters and downspout systems perform correctly and are connected properly, and are free from clogs and debris. They should be redirected to discharge above grade at least six feet away from the house.

These suggestions will not solve all water problems but will help minimize the amount of surface water coming in contact with the foundation wall.

ACTIVE PROBLEMS AND INVESTING IN PROFESSIONAL SOLUTIONS

In many cases basement leakage is not significant from a structural point of view and can be controlled relatively inexpensively, as outlined above. However, any presence of  foundation cracks, damaged perimeter drain tile, a high water table, or even underground streams call for professional corrective measures.

There are many products which are marketed to the “Do It Yourself” market which claim that they have solved the secret of wet basement problems, some even “guarantee”  professional results. Wise Cracks® has had it proven time and again that if such remedies worked we wouldn’t be in business! Many of the Company’s requests for repairs come from home owners who have tried these remedies and often more than once.

Cape Breton Wise Cracks – Foundation Repair – Waterproofing

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For any leaky wet basement repairs in all of Cape Breton, Glace Bay, Sydney, and New Waterford, Nova Scotia, trust Wise Cracks to provide professional and timely services.  Wise Cracks are number one in their field and industry leaders in basement crack repair and 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 Cape Breton services all Cape Breton and is pleased to provide you a worry-free experience whether the job is big or small.  We will inspect 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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