Do you have water coming into the basement of your Markham basement? If so, you may be wondering if you can fix it yourself, or whether you need to call in the pros to help you. Yes, some repairs can be done by the do-it-yourself methods, but many need the expertise of professionals and specialized equipment. Nusite Waterproofing has been serving the Markham area for over 30 years and can come to your home to provide a free in-home inspection and estimate.
Here are a few things to think about when deciding whether you need help:
How is your basement being used?
If there is a little dampness in an empty area in the basement, it may not be cause for panic at this moment. However, if mold or mildew develops it may become a serious concern. Mold spores end up in the air and breathing them in is a serious health risk. If there is mold or mildew already present, professional help is recommended before the problem gets worse.
If you are like most homeowners, you probably do not have space to spare in your home. If an area is empty, you may be considering developing it for an office, a family room or a workshop. If there is water in the area you want to build, this is a definite problem. You cannot build over moisture or mold and mildew will build up.
If moisture is getting into your basement, it is likely from a leak in the foundation. Basements are built below ground level, and groundwater will find a way to force its’ way in through any cracks and crevices, if it can. This groundwater may have a lot of force behind it if it has rained or snowed a lot in recent weeks. Seepage into the basement can be exasperated by poor grading around the home that causes moisture to pool around the foundation. If the basement of your Markham home is permanently damp in areas, waterproofing is required to prevent deterioration of the foundation and the development of mold.
How Badly Is The Basement Leaking?
Waterproofing your basement can be done yourself, at times. If the leak is small and occasional, you may be able to apply a commercial product from your local box store to the interior of the wall to stop it. Unfortunately, if you are seeing large puddles on the floor, particularly after a heavy rain or when snow is melting, you will probably need some professional help as this can lead to foundation erosion and chronic water issues. The reason for this is that these types of leaks must be repaired outside to stop the water from pushing through the faults in the foundation. Simply slapping on an interior coating will not fix the problem because the pressure will be too strong. This is particularly true if there are large cracks in the foundation. The water will push through the crack and the waterproofing treatment will be pushed inward and eventually leak. Treating from the outside makes sense as water pressure actually presses the treatment into the faults in the foundation, instead of away from it.
If you have a serious water problem in the basement of your Markham home, don’t leave it to sit. Mold and mildew are serious problems, but excess moisture can also lead to structural decay and expensive repair bills. Exterior waterproofing is highly recommended to prevent further problems.
What Are My Options?
Nusite will provide you with a free inspection and estimate. We have years of experience in the waterproofing industry and we are experts in current techniques to identify and rectify problems with leakage in your home. We have manywaterproofing and wet basement solutions to offer that are effective and affordable. Please call us today at 416-622-7000 for an accurate assessment without obligation. We have state-of-the art tools to identify the source of the problem in your Markham home. We also offer a 24 hour emergency service in case of flood or foundation problems.
If patching a leak on the inside wall of your basement does not solve the problem, don’t ignore it. Ignoring it could cost you a lot more money in the future. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain with a free inspection. It could save you thousands in unnecessary repair bills down the road. Be proactive and address the problem to protect your biggest investment for many years to come.