If you have a basement, then you know it’s a great space for storage, enjoying crafts and hobbies or hanging out. Although a basement should be maintained like the rest of your house, it’s not unusual for homeowners to inadvertently neglect it where necessary maintenance and repair are concerned. One important type of basement care involves waterproofing to block rain and water from seeping not just through the foundation, but the walls as well—leaks and heavy condensation can push through all kinds of wall materials such as brick, stone, concrete blocks and cement.
Since a basement is set below the surface, water coming in through the interior walls is a very real possibility, which is why there are options out there for basement waterproofing in Toronto:
- Waterproofing coatings for concrete: A common waterproofing technique is to apply a protective waterproof layer to basement walls. Concrete waterproofing coatings are thick, cement-like coatings manufactured for application to paint-free concrete and stone walls, which works to give a bit of protection from condensation and wetness and to stave off musty odors. Avoid applying to wet walls, however, as the coat must be completely dry before it will bond to walls.
- Waterproofing paint: Most materials used for basements are porous to some degree. Therefore, waterproofing paint can help add a coat over the surface of walls to shield tiny openings. While waterproofing paint sounds like an easy fix, it’s just paint that is thicker—though some brands contain a concrete epoxy sealer—so it doesn’t actually keep large amounts of water out. Because waterproofing paint is not intended as a filling material for cracks, holes and other damage, any visible damage on the walls should be repaired before coated with this paint.
- Silicone concrete sealers: For a waterproofing option that will immerse into basement walls, add a coat of a silicone-based concrete sealer. A concrete sealer has the power to soak in, causing a chemical reaction to form a solid, waterproof surface—this type of sealer works best on concrete and brick. Thanks to its ability to seep in and seal both inside and outside the wall, coat flaking and peeling should not occur.
- Plastic panels: For added protection or for basements that are set up with an interior drainage system, constructing plastic panels and sheets against the wall is oftentimes an acceptable waterproofing option. Interior plastic panels do not stop water from entering, but in combination with a sump pump, they can work to direct water away from belongings in the basement.
Whether the concern is greater for the foundation over the walls, flooding and water damage are real possibilities when your basement is not protected from seeping water. To put your mind at ease, hire a professional company for basement waterproofing in Toronto. Professionals can inspect your basement and provide you with an onsite estimate. It’s better to head off potential problems before they turn into expensive fixes.
Are you in need of an affordable plumber who’s available 24 hours a day for plumbing emergencies? Are you interested in waterproofing the basement in your Toronto home or business? Contact the team at Rooter Group Inc. today!