If you live in an area that gets heavy rain or that accumulates a lot of snow, then you need to consider waterproofing your home. When we get too much rain all at once, the land becomes oversaturated, and we end up with runoff that can carry dirty water towards your home and into your basement if the ground slopes towards it. Likewise, when the snow melts after the winter is over, you can end up with a lot of water, very suddenly, flooding your yard and possibly your home. Many things go into successfully waterproofing your home. Here is what can happen if your home is not waterproofed and what solutions we at POM Group Plumbing & Waterproofing offer.
What Can Go Wrong
#1 – Structural Damage
One of the worst things that can happen without waterproofing your home is structural damage. If you live somewhere naturally wet or that has heavy rainfall or hurricanes, then you can end up with water seeping in through the corners of the walls in your basement. Sometimes this can be a slow process, but if ignored it can cause bowed walls and cracked foundations. If there is an incredible amount of excess water, like during a natural disaster, then your foundation could end up with so much water pressure pressed against it that water is pushed through the wall.
#2 – Mould
If you end up having water get into your basement, it can end up causing mould. Sometimes mould can be relatively harmless, but many people are allergic to mould and having it in their home can cause them to experience health problems. There is also the danger of black mould forming. Black mould can cause chronic coughing, sneezing, eye irritation, nose and throat irritation, fatigue, and headaches. It can also poison you. It is considered dangerous, and if your basement is wet, it may grow.
#3 – Damage to Property
Most basements are not empty. They often house washers and dryers, boxes stuffed full of personal possessions, treasures from childhood, workshops, workout equipment, and countless other essential and irreplaceable things. If you have a flood in your basement or water leakage you can end up with damaged and ruined property that you cannot replace.
So What Can You Do?
#1 – Install Drainage System
At POM Group we have a variety of drainage systems that can help protect your home.
Weeping tiles, which are also called “drain tiles” or “perimeter tile” is a porous pipe that collects and discharges water away from your home.
#2 – Repair Cracks in Foundation
If your foundation has been damaged by water already, it needs to be repaired. You can repair cracks by injecting special expanding “foam” into the cracks so that the structure becomes completely 100% water-sealed.
#3 – Install Fluid Membrane and Sheet Membrane
After a foundation has been repaired, if it is needed, then you can apply a fluid membrane and sheet membrane to the foundation wall to help keep out water.
#4 – Sump Pump, French Drain, & Window Well Waterproofing
For additional protection, we also offer sump pump, french drain, and window well waterproofing to make sure that your basement stays dry all year round.
Waterproofing can end up saving your home. If you are interested in any of our basement waterproofing services, contact us today. We are the best Etobicoke waterproofing company and also offer services in Mississauga as well as plumbing. Protect your home and its contents.