Solutions for Wet Basements in Hamilton Ontario Homes and Houses
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It's every Buyer's worst nightmare. Don't run yet though! It may be a fairly easy and sometimes inexpensive fix. In fact, you may get a great deal on your perfect Hamilton House For Sale, because the basement is leaking!
The dreaded leaky basement. Not only does it cause unsightly problems such as mold and mildew, its musty smell can permeate the entire home, and give it an unpleasant odor. So, if you have water leaking from your walls, or standing in the basement floor, you need to take action. Leaks do not go away, they only get worse with time.
Smelly Water Damaged Basement
Clean Usable Finished Basement
Basement waterproofing is a great way to permanently seal your basement and make this area usable once again. There are two different kinds of leaks and identifying which one you have, will help decide the solution. Most basement leaks are caused by hydrostatic forces. During a storm, rain and snow surround your basement and put pressure on the concrete floors. Because concrete is porous, the water can rise up through drains and newly created crevices in the floor. If your leak is not coming from the floors, but rather the walls, then you have Capillary action. This is when the water seeps through from the walls, through small little holes in the concrete. If your foundation walls are hollow, the water can build up inside the hollow spaces and seep out into the basement walls.
There are several options for taking care of this problem once and for all. A professional can take a look and tell you which option is best for your home. The following methods to remedy this are:
Exterior Excavation -This method is the most invasive, but it is effective. The process starts with digging a hole all the way down to the basement foundation on the exterior side. Everything must be removed, including sidewalks, bushes, flowers etc. Once the hole is dug, new drain lines will be installed to reroute the water. The soil is then filled back in to cover the drains.
Interior Drains -This process requires that a section of the floors be jack hammered up. A thin layer of gravel is poured and new drains lines installed. Once the new drain lines are installed they are covered in cement. The water will be redirected to a sump pump. This process is said to be the most effective as the piping sits on top of the floor and not into the dirt itself.
Sealant -A low-cost option for drainage problems. Using a sealer to waterproof sometimes works. If your problem is not severe, sealers can be painted on to seal any cracks or crevices that have formed in the concrete. From hydraulic cement to waterproof paint, this method is easy and a very affordable option.
When dealing with a water problem, it is often better to try cost effective options before digging up the floor. If you are a person who wants to do things themselves, try sealing the walls first, then move on to bigger more expensive options. By doing this you could save your family thousands of dollars.
In recent years, various parts of Hamilton have experienced a greater number of heavy rain events and increased basement flooding. As part of the City's strategy to reduce basement flooding due to sewer surcharging, the Hamilton City Council has approved theResidential Protective Plumbing Program (3P).
Ask me if your home, or potential homes, qualify for the City of Hamilton 3P Program... It could save you Thousands of Dollars!