Four things you can do to waterproof a leaky basement

Leaky basement can be an issue for any homeowner in Toronto. Therefore, waterproofing your house foundation is an important step in stopping damage and maintaining the value of your house. Here are a few tips to keep your basement dry.

Keep water away from your homes foundation

The primary thing you need to do is evaluate the perimeter of your home.  The ground next to your foundation should forever slope away from the foundation. Backfilled dirt next to the foundation tends to settle and so sink over time. If you notice this happening, add more dirt against the foundation of your house. This will help make a slope that will divert water in the best direction. Generally, you should be adding roughly two of dirt per foot as you move away from your home.

Do not forget to check your downspouts and eaves troughs

Ensuring that your eavestroughs are clear and that your downspouts are successfully moving water away from your house is a vital aspect of preventative waterproofing. So, ensure that your downspouts are diverting water at least seven feet from your foundation. Downspout extender pipes can be installed to stop groundwater from seeping into your homes foundation and leaving you with a leaky basement.

Waterproof your interior walls

If you have little leaks in the walls of your basement, consider sealing them with one of the different waterproofing compounds accessible at your local home improvement store. Whereas tar is the traditional remedy, new products on the market provide you the choices of plastic, bentonite and synthetic rubber, to use when preventing a leaky basement. These new items may keep your basement dry longer than the traditional tar remedy.

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Get serious

Consider installing an interior drainage system if your leaky basement is more serious issue than minor dampness and leaky basement fix, you may want to consider installing an interior drainage system. You have 2 choices here: a perimeter drain, or a sump pump.

A sump is a hole in your basement which contains a pump that will remove the water from your basement once it fills to a certain level. Once the pump goes into action, water will be expelled or discharged into a sewer through a hose.

For the most serious leaky basements, a perimeter drain, although costly, may be your top choice. A perimeter drain involves breaking up the basement floor along the perimeter and installing drain tiles which will carry the water along the channel to a discharge point.