FAQs – Basement Waterproofing

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How does water comes through the floor or floor/wall joint?

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Drain tile systems are placed around the footings of a home to direct water away from the foundation wall and to assist in basement waterproofing. The absence or failure of a drain tile system creates hydrostatic pressure against the floor of floor/wall joint area.

Sump pumps have become very common for basement waterproofing and directing the water out of the sump pits to a place on the property away from the foundation walls. If the sump pump is functioning properly, the usual source for leaks are a compromised drain tile system.

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How does water come through the walls?

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Poured concrete foundation walls are usually subject to water penetration through wall cracks. About 98 percent of foundation cracks form during the first 30 days after the walls have been poured. These types of cracks are not the result of a structural foundation flaw, but usually due to shrinkage or construction practices. Not all cracks will be readily noticeable, but will be detected once the cement inside the crack deteriorates.

The seepage will worsen over time, making the home susceptible to a variety of financial inconveniences, time-consuming cleanups, damaged possessions, poor indoor air quality, and the need of waterproofing a foundation. Other causes of wall leaks may result from tie rod ends, honeycombed concrete and pipe penetrations.

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Can Driveway cracks lead to leaks?

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Patch all cracks to prevent misdirected water. ABC basement waterproofing expert will assist you in assessing how to waterproof basement.

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Location of Window wells – Leaky Basement

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Poorly draining window wells will lead to leaky basement. ABC Waterproofing is your Canadian wet basement solution.

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Where should the Gutters be? – Wet Basement Repair

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Keep gutters free from leaves and debris. Downspouts may need to have added extensions. Placing them at least four feet away from the foundation ensures minimal water saturation. These are some of the tips to prevent leaky basement.

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Check the grading – Wet basement solutions.

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Dirt around the home must slope away from the foundation. Some of the tips from your basement waterproofing expert.