When New Canadian Drain & Plumbing gets called in to do relatively small wet basement repairs, or to inspect and diagnose the cause of a damp basement, clients usually have a lot of questions for us. One of the questions we always get is this: should we consider waterproofing our basement? Is it a good long-term solution?
There is really no simple answer to this question, but at New Canadian Drain & Plumbing we definitely believe in providing all our clients with the best information possible. We want you to be able to make wise, informed decisions that are right for you and your home. In order to facilitate your decision-making, we have compiled a list of the basic things that you need to know about waterproofing; what it is, what it entails, and why it is important.
What is Waterproofing?
The purpose of investing in this solution is to stop water getting into and damaging the structural foundation of your house. To accomplish this, engineers will apply either a sealant, or a special type of membrane to a surface. This is commonly done on the exterior foundation walls of a house, but for less serious leakage problems interior waterproofing may also be used.
When building a new home, or renovating an old one, waterproofing is vital; it will ensure that your house will not suffer structural damage that may cause thousands of dollars to fix in the future. Further, doing this will keep your basement nice and dry, effectively preventing the growth of mold and mildew.
It is most common to undertake waterproofing jobs in the basement, but other areas of the house like bathrooms, toilets, and balconies may sometimes require waterproofing too.
The Different Types Available
Depending on where it is needed, there are different waterproofing options available. One common option is a sealant which is applied much like paint; it usually requires several layers. Another option is a synthetic membrane that can be stretched; this option is usually used on walls and will accommodate some building and ground shifting or movement. There is a third kind of material which is typically laid down in sheets. Lastly, there are also simple joint sealants to handle minor cracks.
Who Can I Trust to Waterproof My House?
This job should be done by experienced, licensed, and qualified professionals. The work necessary to accomplish an excellent waterproofing job needs to be flawless and meticulous; even small gaps or mistakes can cause problems later on. When you are looking for a contractor to perform waterproofing, find someone reliable who has solid references.
You should be able to communicate well with them, and they should give you honest advice on which solution would be best for your home. Ideally, look for a contractor who will grant you at least a ten-year warranty on their work. A well-executed job will last you for much longer than that.
New Canadian Drain & Plumbing has years of experience in the industry; every job we do is a job done well. Our experts would be happy to answer any further questions you may have about waterproofing and whether it is necessary for your home. If you want to enlist the services of one of the best plumbing companies in Toronto, look no further. Visit us on Google+