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Basement leaks are terrible and a serious cause of concern to any house owner. It is vital to speedily address those leaks as they could lead to further problems for you. They not only depreciate the value of your home in the market, but they could also cause structural damage that could ruin your house.

Many people are usually puzzled when they get basement leaks as they imagine that a good foundation will shield them from such an incident. However, this is not necessarily true. This article will show some causes of basement leaks, the damage they can cause to your house, and how you can rectify the issue. Get a Free Quote

What Causes Basement Leaks?

Basement Leaks are hardly ever a straightforward matter and could build up for years before finally erupting. There could be several factors responsible for leaky basements. These include:

 

  • Problems with drainage around the foundation of a home
  • Short downspouts
  • Foundation cracks
  • Clogged window wells
  • Poor grading
  • Overflowing gutters
  • Floor cracks
  • Porous concrete
  • Cove joints
  • Mortar joints
  • Foundation seepage
  • Hydrostatic pressure
  • Lateral pressure

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Damages Caused by Basement Leaks

Basement leakages are very bad for building structures and can destroy them if you don't quickly address them. Some of the most extensive damages caused by basement leaks include:

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Mold and Mildew

Mold and mildew strive in moist environments and usually indicate water accumulation in a spot. The damage they cause, however, is often secondary.

While they may not cause too much damage to the structure, they release spores in the air, which can cause respiratory issues among the house inhabitants and even trigger allergies.

Rusting

The process of rusting occurs when metallic objects, especially iron, are in constant contact with moisture. This regular contact leads to the oxidation of metal and corrosion that weakens the metals to a great degree.

Rusting has many implications for the homeowner. Rusty metals cannot fulfill their original purpose because they’re weaker; this can lead to structural damage. Corroded walls break down, and corroded electrical appliances begin to fall apart. This disintegration of building materials leads to easy access to intruders. Pipe leaks are another cause for concern with rusting.

Rotting and Wet Wood

Wood is especially susceptible to decay under prolonged exposure to moisture. Its fiber saturation point limit is 30%, and anything beyond this will cause wood decay spores to surface on the wood.

Wood decay spores, if combined with the right temperature, can quickly spread about the wood and contaminate it on a scary scale. Decaying wood is weaker than regular wood and doesn’t last as long. As many parts of the home come from wood, this could quickly lead to structural compromise of the house.

Wall Cracks

Wall Cracks are perhaps the scariest damage you can suffer from basement leakages. They’re a definite sign that your house foundation is damaged. Foundation damage is a cause for concern as it leads to the house’s collapse if not addressed.

A wall crack happens when the foundation concrete shrinks due to subtle movement caused by the soil around the foundation. Leakage can cause the soil around the foundation to become too wet, leading to these movements that cause cracks. There are two main types of Wall Cracks:

Vertical or Diagonal Wall Cracks

Vertical cracks (which you can also call shrinkage cracks) run across the wall from up to down or vertically. You’ll often see this crack in old buildings, as aging can cause vertical cracks. Fortunately, they are usually the least concerning and are easy to repair. However, drainage seepage can also cause them.

Horizontal Cracks

These cracks are the worst form of wall cracks you can find. They are usually worse than vertical cracks and are much harder to fix than the former. Soil pressure and poor drainage are the major causes of horizontal cracks.

When dealing with horizontal cracks, you want to be prompt when addressing the issue and making repairs. Don’t attempt to rectify these cracks yourself. Instead, seek professional inspection to help you better protect your building.

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How to Fix Basement Leaks?

Fixing basement leaks requires a lot of caution and preparation, especially if the damage is a horizontal crack. Professionals like Royal Works usually have a process guaranteed to fix your problems. Our process includes:

  • Identify the source of the leak
  • Insulate pipes and basement walls
  • Check for cracks in the foundation and plug them
  • Waterproof your basement walls
  • Install a drainage system in the basement
  • Install sump pump
  • Extend downspouts and gutters

Our Basement Leak Repair Solutions

We offer affordable basement waterproofing and drainage solutions. Our team will come out to your house and assess the situation before they start working. Once we've identified the problem, we'll provide an estimate of how much it will cost to fix it. If you accept the cost, we'll begin work immediately. Here are some of the waterproofing solutions that we offer in Toronto:

  • Basement waterproofing
  • External waterproofing
  • Leaks repairs
  • Foundation repairs
  • Sump pump installation
  • Basement underpinning/lowering
  • And more

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Common Problems Due to Poor Backwater Valve Installation

When you learn what a backwater valve is, installing a unit could appear like a straightforward task. Understandably, a first glance at the straightforward operation of a valve would lead someone to believe that this is a simple DIY project.

First, it’s crucial to realize that even while the task seems simple, it actually requires a great deal of knowledge and expertise. To enter the house and remove the concrete flooring, you’ll need a professional.

The importance of choosing a suitable installation position cannot be understated. If the valve is installed incorrectly, water may leave the property only to return to another drain. This could include the one going to the washing machine or toilet.

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Moisture and water damage are two of the most serious problems that a home can face. That's why it’s one of the main things home inspectors look for when performing building and pest inspections. Aside from the potential of devaluing your property value, the growth of mold and mildew can pose many substantial health risks.

  • Backwater valve Installation:
    A professionally installed backwater valve not only keeps your property from flooding but also keeps you safe from unhealthy situations that can harm your health.
  • Backwater valve Inspection & Maintenance:
    As you are probably aware, your backwater valve must be cleaned and maintained at least once a year in order to continue performing correctly and provide complete protection from sewage backups.
  • Backwater valve Repair:
    A blockage or excess water can cause sewage and gray water to overflow your home, which is every homeowner's worst nightmare.

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