When it comes to the elements of weather, even houses built with the strongest materials may be vulnerable to damages. Heavy rain and snowfall will soak the soil around a basement. The constant build up of moisture in the soil will push against the concrete and cause damage.
So what type of damages could a bad waterproofing cause?
A common type of damage that occurs are cracks in the concrete. When the moisture that pushed against the concrete has begun to dry up, shrinkage may occur, which will cause cracks. Cracks can cause leakage if they are large in size. The constant moisture may also cause cracks to get better and therefore allow more leakage. A vulnerable area in a basement is referred to as the cove joint. This is where the floor and the wall meet. Once again, the soil filled with moisture around the basement can easily push against the concrete here and create more cracks. Additionally, floor cracks are another possible issue that occurs. However, they are mostly a cosmetic issue as flooring does not give any structural support to the house. A major issue that can occur is the growth of Mold. Heat and Humidity increases the rate of fungi and mold growth. This can be a health issue.
The government now gives you money back, offers financial assistance for such parts of basement waterproofing work as sump pit and sump pumps installation and backwater valve installation.
How Could 24 Hours Plumber Help? We offer complete wet basement waterproofing from outside of the house and can do it from inside of the basement as well.
We care about our customers, we can help you.
Waterproofing: How We Do It
- To begin the waterproofing process, the soil around the foundation must be removed in order to provide space for repairs. The space necessary is approximately a meter wide and as deep as the foundation goes. Once the excavation is complete, the debris left on the foundation is cleaned off. Once the foundation wall is fully cleaned, an examination is conducted in order to locate any cracks. If any cracks are found, they are cleaned up and then filled up with hydraulic cement.
- The next step is the application of the first coat of Aqua Bloc membrane, which has proven to be one of the best methods of waterproofing. It is a rubberized asphalt membrane that gives very strong protection against water penetration. After the first coat is complete, a layer of Bakor Yellowjacket is placed. This is a glass fibre material yarn that defends from rotting and stops water from accessing the coating material. A second layer of Aqua Bloc is then applied on top of the glass fibre for extra protection.
- Next, another layer is added on top. Platon (or Delta MS) plastic membrane is installed using fasteners with moulding strips which holds the board to the wall very well. This plastic membrane works as protection board for Aqua Bloc membrane and also allows moisture that would normally push up against the foundation to drain down to a weeping tile.
- A weeping tile pipe is installed at the bottom of the foundation to remove water away from foundation either to the storm drain or to a sump pit. The weeping tile comes with a filter cloth and is covered with a layer of clear gravel for additional protection.
- Often a sump pit with sump pumps has to be installed in the basement during waterproofing work. We install the highest quality combo with two pumps preassembled on the factory. One is the main pump, another one is a backup pump that works from deep cycle battery and kicks in if the main pump fails or in case of a power outage. Backup pump battery is constantly recharged through the electric outlet. If necessary, we can install a triple protection sump pumps system, with two main pumps and a battery backup pump. Also, we can install freeze relief on the sump pump discharge pipe for additional protection. And don’t forget: with us in many municipalities you will get money back from the government for installation of the new sump pit and sump pump, up to $1,750!
- The final step is to put the soil that was removed earlier back into place to close off the trench. We remove debris and do general cleanup. This completes the waterproofing process and homeowners can rest assured that their properties are well protected. We are licensed, insured, use only the best products and offer 30 years transferable guarantee.
Here are some of the devices and equipments we use to enhance the waterproofing and protection of your property
The Freeze Relief is an overflow device that allows water to escape from the sump pump discharge line if it becomes frozen or blocked for any reason. This device works automatically – no valves to turn and no hoses to attach.
1/3 HP DUAL CAST IRON SUMP PUMP SYSTEM
Ideal for average to high-volume water and effluent removal in residential spaces such as basements, laundry facilities, and crawl spaces.
This system offers worry-free operation; providing you with a backup pump, and double the flow rate when needed*.