Spotting Leaks And Water In Your Basement

pioneer (12)The basement and foundation of your home should be inspected yearly to spot any cracks, leaks and weak spots that can damage the integrity of your home.  Any damage or leaks that are spotted should be taken care of immediately to prevent any further damage and avoid possible costly repairs.

Some of the clear signs that you have a problem in your basement are easy to spot. Musty Odor, mold, wet or damped walls, cracks on the walls or where the wall meets the floor, and

water deposits are clear signs you have a leak in your basement or that you have a problem with your foundation.Contacting a company that has a long history in the area and has a great rating with the BBB, should be easy to do.  Contact us to offer you a hassle free quote that makes sense to you and your wallet.

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Analyzing basement cracks, shifts

In the last couple of articles we have been discussing what I see and what you see when looking at the same area or item in a house. We have referred to this as “double vision.”

In the past articles, we have spent time looking at the exterior of the house, the property, the garage and attic.

Today, lets go down into the basement and see if we still experience “double vision” here.

I always look forward to going down into the basement because usually it tells me more about the house than any other area. If the basement is finished off into a living space, it is more difficult to observe the systems, but on the other hand it tells us about the past owner’s mentality as it relates to making improvements. Finished basements typically are done by someone other than the original builder, often show semi-professional workmanship and they have shortcomings and issues.

In most cases, however, the basement is unfinished, but often it is full of boxes, tools, exercise equipment and old furnishings. Many people enter this area, grab their forehead and say, “Where do I start?” Well, let me give you a tip on how to get started.


Eieihome.com: How to keep water out of your basement

Water is your basement’s worst enemy.

Poor drainage and an unprotected foundation can allow moisture to seep into your basement, damaging flooring and walls, lead to poor air quality resulting in the growth of mould and mildew and respiratory health problems.

eieihome spoke with Tony Romanelli of RCC Waterproofing, a company that has been fixing damp basements and foundation cracks in homes in Toronto, Hamilton, Kitchener, London and Oshawa since 1920, about how to keep your basement dry.

“Grade it right,” Romanelli says. “If your property slopes towards your house, water may drain right into your home, allowing it to penetrate and weaken the supporting soil and your home’s foundation”.

Ensuring your home is graded so that water runs away from your house can help protect your belongings.


 

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