Wet Basements Even in Winter? YES!

A common misunderstanding is that basements are safer from water damage in the winter due to less rain and humidity.  Unfortunately, this is not the case, winter poses just as much of a threat on your basement, if not more, than the summer.

Eavestroughs and downspouts are well designed to carry rainwater away from your roof and home.  Specifically. They aren’t always built or designed with Ontario winter’s and heavy snowfalls in mind.  Especially here in the GTHA where gallons of water can accumulate from heavy snowfall which will weigh down your eavestrough and lead to heavy leaking when the snow begins to melt.  If your eavestroughs are not reinforced or positioned properly to carry the water far enough away from your house it can lead to a very wet basement.

The same rules go for heaps of snow built up around the foundation of your house and window wells. Shovelling snow off to the side of your driveway to make way for your car can cause big trouble once the snow begins to melt. That water will need somewhere to go, and your basement may be the perfect landlord.

Additionally to what is going on outside – in the winter we tend to drastically increase the temperature of our homes.  Basements, being colder by nature, tend to get the benefit of a ‘cranked’ thermostat for more comfort. This increased temperature not only heats the air in the room, it carries through the walls and even into the foundation.  This warmth will actually attract the snow and ice outside into the heat, and into your basement.

It is always best practice to clear snow away from the house.  From driveways, pathways and back porches, etc. From window sills, window wells and if you have access in the winter, eavestroughs and ledges around your roof and home.

Most modern homes, due to City of Toronto or other municipality building codes, have moisture barriers.  But if your home is older, which Toronto is home to many, you may not have all the protection your basement needs.  If you have the misfortune of already finding moisture build up in your basement, or if you are unsure of your home’s moisture barriers, call a wet basement expert today. Dryshield Waterproofing has over 25 years of industry experience offering the highest standard in waterproofing technology, methods and materials for your interior & exterior waterproofing, concrete injection-sealing and foundation crack repair.

How to Spot Cracks Around your Home Early and Avoid Water Damage and Unnecessary Costly Repairs

Spotting foundational cracks and issues early can avoid big money and stress.  The structural integrity of your home directly depends on the durability of your foundation. Walls, windows, floors, doorways, and the roof all rely on the foundation for strength and support. All of which can quickly lead to costly repair bills once damaged. Leaving even minor cracks and leaks untreated, can turn into serious structural issues that compromise the value and overall health of your home.

There are obvious cracks anyone can see. Floor to ceiling wall cracks, usually in the basement. Concrete cracks on the outside of your home. Usually requiring a simple concrete crack injection or basement crack repair.  But other signs might not be so noticeable or easily spotted.

Over time if windows or doors which used to open and close seamlessly increasingly begin to stick or jam could be an indicator that your home may have damage you cannot easily spot and will require foundation crack repair. You may also notice subtle changes in your basement smell or increased humidity.  You also need to keep an eye out for unexpected water pooling, walls out of plumb, and uneven floors.

Any changes in the way your home reacts to precipitation, temperature changes, and especially aesthetic changes like bulges, cracks and so on should be assessed immediately.  Professional crack repairs and waterproofing can be the best line of defense against further or even complete structural damage.  Experts can assess your home and your needs, based on your blemishes and recommend the best option for protecting your home. Dryshield Waterproofing has over 25 years of industry experience offering the highest standard in waterproofing technology, methods, and materials for your interior & exterior waterproofing, concrete injection-sealing and foundation crack repair.