Has spring sprung?

Unfortunately, it can be ideal leaking conditions when spring rains come, and the ground is still frozen. The water cannot be absorbed, especially during heavy rains.  Flood damages can be costly, and the damages and after effects of the flood even more so. If a basement leak is left, then it can become more costly, you will need money to repair and if left unattended, more damages occur.

Spring is a common time of the year for your basement to flood, as it comes with lots of rain and sludge. Many homes suffer from a wet or flooded basement especially during this period.

A typical condition that encourages basement flooding is during heavy downpours, or when snow and ice is melting. You therefore need to protect your home by waterproofing your basement. Contacting an experienced waterproofing contractor can help repair your wet basement or put things in place to prevent your basement from flooding.

Meanwhile, you should be ready to put in a little money and effort in preventing a flooded basement rather than spend a lot on resolution.

Here are some few tips you could follow to keep your basement dry.

Install a sump pump

Sump pump is like a big floor drainage system, it keeps water buildups at minimal level, which in turn prevents basement flooding. Sump pumps extract water from your basement and redirects it elsewhere out of harm’s way. It’s also important to check your sump pump regularly to ensure it is in perfect working conditions. Keep external power to start your pump just in case your power gets cut during a storm.

Clean out your gutters regularly

Gutters have a way of being cluttered up with debris, including sticks and leaves. Regular cleaning of your gutters prevent debris from blocking the free flow of water. If your gutter is blocked it could lead to basement flooding.  So prevent your basement from flooding by keeping your gutters clean.

 

Extend your downspouts

Rather than connect downspouts to your footer drainage and many homeowners do add some more material to extend it so that water can run of the sprout away from the parameters. You could do this by attaching the black, corrugated plastic pipe that can be bought anywhere. Extend the pipes to at least 10 feet away from your house.

Ensure you direct the downspout toward areas that are graded away from your home to avoid water from flowing back towards your outside walls yo settle. Once there’s water buildup settling around the sides of your house, it will saturate the ground and eventually lead to basement flooding.

Reduce your water usage during rainy days

Rain water gets the sewers easily filled up, so constantly using water for laundry and bathing may not help matters. Using much water during heavy rainy conditions could easily lead to basement flooding and could even overflow to your environment.

Rain barrels are a good idea

Using rain barrels to catch rain water is also a good way of reducing water buildup around your house. Make sure to direct the overflow hose of the barrel away from the foundation of your house.

 

RAINSTORM TIPS

Rainstorms during the spring and summer are a fact of life, and with them can come the threat of a flooded basement.
Your home is made up of many drainage components that work together to direct water where it is supposed to go – onto city streets and back lanes. Keeping water away from the foundation walls of your house is the most important action you can take to minimize your flood risk. Any of a number of improvements can help, but remember that it’s the whole system working together that gives you the best chance of avoiding a wet basement.
Before a Storm
1. Start on your roof. Eavestroughs (also called rain gutters) should be regularly cleaned and checked for leaks, poor connections or sagging. It’s important water from your roof flows easily and quickly to the downspouts. Anything that prevents this from happening should be repaired or replaced.
2. Downspouts should be checked regularly to make sure there are no leaves or other debris blocking the water’s path. Check also for leaks and poor connections where the downspout is attached to the eavestrough.
3. Downspout extensions take the water away from the house and the foundation walls. Extensions should be at least 6 feet (1. 8 metres) away from the house. If an extension is not possible, place a concrete splash pad at a sloped angle underneath the downspout. In all cases, directed the water to a street or back lane and not into a neighbour’s yard. In older neighbourhoods, some roof downspouts are connected directly to pipes underground. Seek the advice of a plumber or drainage expert before disconnecting.
4. Good eavestroughs, downspouts and extensions won’t help much if lot grading is poor. Walk around your home and measure the grade from the wall. This includes under steps and decks. The soil, lawn or other hard surface should slope downward at a continuous grade for a minimum of five feet. The soil at the wall should be at least 4-6 inches higher than the ground five feet away. This positive grade should be checked regularly as ground settles over time.
5. Window wells are an excellent way of adjusting the grade around basement windows that are low to the ground. Window wells have the added bonus of preventing dirt from rotting window sills. Once the window well is installed, backfill the outside of the well with dirt so the positive grade is the same as the rest of the house.
6. Concrete cracks on your driveway, sidewalk or patio can let surface water seep back to your foundation walls. These cracks or spaces should be sealed and waterproofed with silicone. As silicone wears down over time, this should be done every 3-5 years.
7. Look for any basement foundation cracks inside your house. If your basement is finished, check to see if there are any wet or damp areas along the walls or on the edges of the flooring after it rains. If there is, you may need to remove part of the wall or flooring to confirm the water source. Have any cracks you find sealed and waterproofed. that you find.
8. If you have a backwater valve on your sewer line it will help prevent sewer backup into your basement. Check it at least once a year to make sure the flap is free of debris and is moving freely. Lubricate the hinges of the valve if necessary. If you don’t have a valve in your home, consider having one installed.
9. Many homes have a sump pump that takes excess groundwater from the bottom of the foundation to the surface. A sump pump should be checked regularly to see if it is working properly. This includes cleaning the intake screen and checking for leaks. You can test a sump pump by taking off the floor cover and pouring water into the sump well. The pump that is working properly should automatically begin running.
10. The sump pump pipe runs to the surface outside the house. Like downspouts, water from this pipe should be channeled away from the house to a city street or back lane and not into your neighbor’s yard.
During A Storm. . .
1. Avoid using water. During a rainstorm, the pressure on your home and the municipal drainage system increases dramatically, sometimes pushing it to capacity. Washing clothes, taking a shower, running the dishwater and even flushing the toilet adds water to the system that may have nowhere to go but up your floor drain and into your basement. This is particularly true if you have a backwater valve as the valve is designed to close during extreme conditions and keep water from the outside getting in. When this happens, water from the inside also can’t get out.
2. Get your eavestrough extensions down. A long downspout extension is of no value when it’s propped up against the side of the house. Leave your extensions down all the time or put them down when rain is forecast.
3. Check the power to the sump pump. If you have a sump pump, double check to see that is plugged in and the breaker is on. More than one homeowner has searched for the cause of a flooded basement only to discover their sump pump lacked the power to perform.

Take the Embarrassment Out of Having a Wet Basement

One of the most embarrassing predicaments of homeowners is having a wet basement. When wetness or unwanted water rests in the interior, it gradually damages the foundation, framing of the walls, and other materials in your foundation. Waterproofing a basement is the only answer to stop this recurring problem.

Diagnose the Reason for Your Wet Basement Floor

A wet basement can be traced back from two major sources: seepage or condensation. You must find how water enters your basement in order to know which of the two causes the problem. Check out the walls for cracks and holes, and if the problem seems to be seepage or condensation, here are ways to treat condensation and seepage -induced moisture.

Treat the Cause of Your Wet Basement

Waterproofing a basement can cause you cash, but the investment is worthwhile. Check the gutters, spouts, and window wells, if you find that your issue comes from seepage. Gutters and spouts can get clogged with fallen twigs and leaves driving water to seep into the basement rather than flowing out away from it. Install gutters and spouts should you not have them yet, and ensure they are directed away from the foundation. Make sure window wells are installed and fully covered to prevent water.

You have to change the temperature of your basement, if your wet floor is caused by condensation. During wet seasons, close all windows. Cover them to prevent moisture from developing, and insulate cold pipes if there are any are present. Restore the right humidity level inside your basement and to decrease dampness, use a dehumidifier. If you do not have one, purchase one. Enriching ventilation is the only key to removing wetness.

A wet basement caused by seepage or condensation is fairly easy to treat. Basement waterproofing costs should not add up to a fortune particularly when the problem could be fixed by installing a downspout or gutter. However, if your wet floor problem stems from other more serious sources, waterproofing it could be more costly.

Your basement is an essential part of your house and the foundation, so before you start into any major work on it, make sure that you find out everything you need to find out or else it can be agonizing, long and expensive. It is always recommended that you seek the advice or an assessment from a professional waterproofing company.

 

Cracks in Basement Walls

foundation repairDo you have you a tiny crack in your basement wall? You may think that this isn’t a very big deal and it’s not really letting any water in. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. A basement wall crack which may appear tiny on the inside of your home may actually be much large on the outside. Water seeps in through this large exterior crack and then gets into your basement via means of the tiny crack. If left untreated, this tiny crack can even begin growing larger itself. A leaky basement, if not fixed with a basement waterproofing system, will lead to other repair costs, mold, and headaches in the future.

If you live on a lot that has lots of clay materials in the soil, the pressures that it will exert on a small crack on the inside of your wall could cause it to grow very quickly if you don’t get it repaired soon. Even a small-looking crack can lead to standing water in your family’s basement. All basement wall cracks need to be evaluated, no matter how much of a concern you think they may not be. Don’t subject your family to living in a home with a wet basement. If left untreated, it could lead to structural problems for your home and even dangerous living conditions for your family.
 

Fall Season Can Lead To Wet Basement Problems

fallThe fall season is upon us and with it comes many changes around us. Falling leaves and other debris is one of them. Such debris could end up in your gutters. This could lead to all sorts of other problems. Add that to something like an improperly placed downspout and pretty soon your home could end up with a wet basement. Luckily, there are things that home and business owners can do to prevent such things.

The first and simplest action to take is cleaning the gutters and downspouts throughout the fall and winter months. The second action is to review where  your downspouts are and make adjustments accordingly. In most instances, they should be pointed away from the building and extend a minimum of five feet away from the building’s foundation.

If they all appear to be in order, it’s always a good idea to ensure that water from the lawn, driveway, patio, window wells or other nearby properties is not the source of the flooding. In some instances, it may be necessary to add topsoil around the building’s perimeter, buy a window well cover or install an alternate drainage system to address those sorts of water intrusions.

Of course there are other elements that may be contributing to a building’s wet basement wall problems. For instance, it may be exacerbated by tie (snap ties) rod hole leaks, condensation, sewer drain backups, broken water pipes, overgrown vegetation, cracks in the walls or hydrostatically induced pressure (improper drainage). Fall is the time to have a good look around and have these things repaired and addressed before Old Man Winter comes and plays further havoc with your basement.

 

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Elmira Wise Cracks – Foundation Repair & Waterproofing

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Wise Cracks is your interior crack injection repair and basement foundation waterproofing specialists serving Elmira 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:

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Elmira Wise Cracks Key Benefits

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– 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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Wet or Leaky Basement Tips

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When it comes to wet or leaky basements, everyone knows the old saying “An ounce of prevention is always worth more than a pound of cure”. Yet the majority of us it seems live our lives under the philosophy of,  “Why do today when we can put off until tomorrow.”

With your homes foundation or basements, this is fine and dandy….until…we have a rain storm like we did not that long ago.

You, as the homeowner, know your basement better than anyone else. You know places in the basement where:

-there is mold on gyproc, wall board or the baseboards
-areas where the sub-floors sag or are rotten
– when the basement begins to smell “musty”
– how often & how long the sump pump runs if you have one
– where you put the towels down when it “rains real heavy”
– areas you yourself may have repaired several times already but they still leak

So here’s some tips if you have a wet or leaky basement;

Ensure the downspouts are directed away from the foundation and that your ground or landscaping around your home slopes away from the foundation.

“Have a Leaky basement Professional give your basement/foundation a FREE Inspection so you’ll know exactly what you’re looking at to have it professionally repaired. It is likely not as expensive as you may think. It can be repaired correctly the first time and you’ll no longer have to guess about the problem or subsequent solution. Lastly, you’ll now be able to leave your home and not worry because there is rain in the forecast.
Tips for finding a great leaky/wet basement professional:

  • How long have they been in business (check with companies registry)
  • Are they bonded and adequately insured, including workers compensation for their workers
  • Do they have references?
  • Check with the Better Business Bureau to see if they are a member in good standing
  • Are they winners of any consumer type awards or business awards?
  • Ask around. Ask your friends and neighbors, or go to your local coffee shop and ask a few strangers.

 

Cambridge Wise Cracks – Foundation Repair & Waterproofing

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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.

Contact us today! Contact form and info below.

Our Services:

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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

Please fill out the contact form below or email to wisecracks@bell.net
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Cambridge 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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Common sump pump problems and what you can do to avoid a wet basement

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1.  Power Failure

A sump pump is no different than any other electric appliance in your house — without power, it is completely worthless.  As a safeguard, invest in a high quality back-up power of some sort or battery powered back up sump.

2.  Switch was Stuck

There are several different types of sump float switches. Vertical and tethered floats are the most common.  We strongly prefer vertical floats because tethered floats are notorious for getting stuck on the side walls of the sump pit, which can result in a flooded basement.  Some sump pumps also have mechanical pressure switches that are prone to failure. Always check fuses too, make sure there isn’t just a blown fuse.

3.  Pump was Overwhelmed

A common misconception is all pumps are created equal.  They’re not!  In sump pumps, as in life, you always get what you pay for.    And to be completely safe, have back up power.

4.  Sump Discharge Pipe Froze

This is a very common during the very cold winter time. If the pipe isn’t pitched properly, water will collect and eventually freeze, causing a blockage.  Because what goes up must come down, the water falls right back into your sump pit.  When the pit continues to fill up, the water has no place to go but all over your basement floor.  That’s why it’s not a good idea to ever run a long discharge line.

5.  Old Age

Just because your sump pump seems to be working fine, like anything, over time they get old and tired and you could end up with a basement full of water.  Sump pumps should be replaced every five to seven years to be reasonably safe. Also, it is best to have a spare one that can be easily installed. If you cannot do it yourself any plumber, water proofer and sometimes a competent handyman can usually do it.