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Nusite Waterproofing Contractors specializes in residential basement waterproofing and foundation repairs. We have been serving the Richmond Hill area for over 30 years and have waterproofed hundreds of homes in Richmond Hill. We have had an A+ rating with The Better Business Bureau for over 30 years and pride ourselves on our customer service.
It’s not always easy to determine if you need to address a basement leak or dampness issue in your home. It’s also not always clear when it’s appropriate to hire a professional contractor to waterproof your basement. Many areas of Richmond Hill have older homes which tend to be more prone to basement leaks unless the foundation was improperly laid in the first place, which is the case for many newer homes being constructed today.
Keep reading to find out about the two major factors you need to consider in order make a decision regarding waterproofing your basement.
Intended Basement Use: An important consideration is what you are planning to use your basement for. If you do not plan on using the basement as a living space, stopping leaks or dampness may not be a priority, though you still need to be concerned about mold issues and water-related bugs entering the basement and making a home.
However, if you plan to use your basement as an extension of your living space, waterproofing your basement is something that you should strongly consider as it’s a requirement if you plan on finishing your basement. Most basements are built beneath the ground level, which means groundwater can enter through the foundation unless it has been properly maintained and waterproofed.
When water or dampness penetrates your basement, mildew and mold are usually quick to follow. When this happens, the structure of the basement may start to deteriorate since it’s not designed in a way that allows it to be permanently damp, leading to a crumbling foundation.
Extent of the Leak: Another important factor to consider is the extent of the leak in your basement. A wet basement is caused by excess water pressure, often caused by rain and melting snow, that is pushed through existing cracks in your home’s foundation. Poor water management likes imporper grading and faulty gutters also plays a role. Unfortunately, this can often cause major structural damage to the foundation of your Richmond Hill home and also contribute to moisture-related problems, such as mold and decay.
There are a variety of ways that moisture can penetrate through basement walls and floors. Inadequate waterproofing of exterior walls during construction, cracks caused by expansion and contraction due to outside temperature changes, and openings created to allow access for water pipes and cables are the most common perpetrators. A general rule to keep in mind is as follows: if the leak is small, it can usually be fixed from the inside; if the leak is extensive, an exterior method is preferred.
What to Do About It: Call us today at 416-622-7000 or contact us here for a free estimate and inspection. We offer a variety of different basement waterproofing and wet basement solutions depending on your specific issue. The Nusite team in Richmond Hill is trained in using various moisture and leak detection tools to determine the source of your issue. In other words, we don’t just tell you that you have a leak – our tools provide an accurate assessment, which ensures that you are not overlooking any problems in your Richmond Hill home. We offer a fast response and provide free in-home estimates and quotes.
Summary: To summarize, the correct waterproofing solution depends on the extent of the leak and what you intend to use your basement for. Nusite waterproofing is the best option for the responsible Richmond Hill homeowner, especially if you have a significant leak and intend to use your basement as another useful room in your home. Don’t ignore the symptoms of a wet basement since they only get worse over time. We encourage you take advantage of our free inspection and estimate.