Many homeowners who have experienced basement flooding issues in the past are well aware of the tremendous problems that moisture can create in such a confined area. However, despite this, most people don’t begin to worry about basement flooding or water intrusion until the early parts of spring, when the snow and ice begin to melt. But by this time it’s already too late and you’re going to be fighting a problem as it’s occurring, rather than proactively!
Winter may not seem like the time for minor home improvements, let alone basement waterproofing in Etobicoke, but it’s actually ideal for the sheer fact that you’ll have the ability to work uninterrupted on protecting your home from the eventual onslaught of water that it’s going to face in just a few short months.
Dealing with leaks
One of the first things you’re going to want to do when considering your basement during winter is pinpoint those areas where leaks have been known to occur in the past and check for water there now. If there’s an issue that’s dire, you may find water even in winter, or worse ice, which points to an additional problem of heat distribution in your home. But, before we segue into a completely different topic, let’s get back to the water.
Leaks in your basement are generally going to occur in two places: your walls and your windows. Window leaks are much easier to deal with and can be remedied with everything from caulking to a complete window replacement. Wall leaks, however, are much more difficult to deal with and will only get worse over time as water erodes the foundation of your home.
Depending on the severity of your wall leaks, you’ll need to adhere to a specific type of repair protocol. For lesser cracks, sealing them with a cement filler and applying a waterproof barrier to the affected area (usually through paint) may just absolve you of your issues. For larger cracks, fissures and other areas of compromised foundation, the treatment may vary from cementing a portion of the wall, to blowing foam, weather-tight insulation into the area. For these larger jobs, a professional will need to gauge the severity and the appropriate method for basement waterproofing in Etobicoke.
Winter is prime time
As mentioned above, winter is the prime time to address your basement’s needs because you won’t be fighting water intrusion in real-time. Homeowners who apply basement waterproofing methods in winter will also have the opportunity to gauge their success when spring comes, further identifying problem areas in their basement or stepping back to appreciate a job well done based on water intrusion or lack thereof.
Also a major benefit to working on your basement waterproofing during winter is your ability to also pinpoint and absolve peripheral problems that may go unnoticed at other points during the year, such as frozen exposed pipes or, as mentioned above, a lack of proper heat circulation in your basement. Taking the time to tackle your basement’s moisture troubles during winter could just be the best thing you do for your home this winter, as its effects will sustain through all of the other upcoming seasons and everything they bring with them.