How to Prevent (and fix) a Wet Basement in Toronto

April 15th, 2015 · No Comments · by

It seems like spring has finally sprung, and for many Toronto residents that means spending a lot more time outdoors. As your plumbers in Toronto, we know that nothing puts a damper on fun in the sun like a wet basement.

The arrival of spring showers means that many residents throughout different parts of the GTA find themselves at risk of leaks, and even flooding in the basement. Often, water will seep down through cracks in the foundation, but water in the basement can be caused by any number of contributing factors. Whether that water materializes in your recreation room, the laundry room, the crawlspace or anywhere else below ground, it can cause serious problems.

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Here are some things you can do to prevent it, and some common fixes.

  • Familiarize yourself with the signs of basement water damage.   Even if water infiltration is not obvious (as in the case of a flood), there are some telltale signs you can look for that may provide a strong indication that water is seeping in.
  • Don’t wait to address any problems, as they are only likely to worsen over time. Any signs of water damage should be addressed in a prompt manner to prevent further damage. If you’re in the Greater Toronto Area, you may want to look into our plumbing services.
  • On the exterior of the home, ensure that the gutters are clear and that the spouts are directed away from the edges of the home. As well, if parts of the ground are sloping towards the home, that can be a surefire indicator of future problems, as water will run towards the home’s foundation.

How to Prevent Wet Basements

As mentioned, a common cause of wet basements in Toronto is cracks or leaks in the foundation of the home.

The most common fix is exterior waterproofing, which involves repairing the foundation of your home. The concrete used on home foundations becomes porous over time by its nature. This causes cracks to develop, which water can pass through, or water vapour can even penetrate the concrete. An exterior waterproofing job involves digging around the home, repairing cracks, and then sealing off the foundation with a membrane to prevent it from happening again. In some cases, re-grading the slope around the home may be necessary as well. It sounds like a lot of work, and it is – but not to worry… DrainWorks has made its name on leaving the exterior of your home looking as good or better than it did before.

Some situations may call for different sorts of repairs. Our internal waterproofing solution directs water into the weeping tiles and makes use of a Hydro-Guard waterproof membrane which does not allow water to pass through into the home.

Trust the Experts with Your Basement Waterproofing in Toronto

As your trusted Toronto plumber for 20 years, we know that wet basements can become a real problem in the city around this time of year. We have the experience and know-how to fix it right the first time. Here are some customer reviews of our relevant services from the website HomeStars.com [emphasis added by blog editor].

Honesty, integrity, reliability, professionalism, genuine customer service, consumer education – these are the reasons that I keep using Drainworks for jobs large and small – from $6-8000 excavation in 2006-07 to plumbing job under my bathroom sink in 2011. If Drainworks makes an appointment, they arrive on time or call if they have been delayed. They are courteous and respectful of my house, my pets, my time, and me. They are knowledgeable and always explain things to me so that I can understand what the problem is, what it will take to fix the problem, and the cost, so I can make an informed decision about what to do. I live a house that is over 100 years old where the plumbing is not new. Since Drainworks replaced the drainage system under my house in 2006/07 by excavating under the foundation of my house, I have not had any problems with sewer backups or tree roots. What a relief that I don’t have to be worried about a wet basement every time it rains. I also use Drainworks for simple problems like a slow-moving drain under my bathroom sink when baking soda and vinegar no longer solve the problem. But what I like most of all about Drainworks is that they listen to my concerns and respond to them with good old-fashioned customer service, whether it is a toilet that needs a shim or an old gasket that needs TLC or a mysterious slow drip that appeared after a snaking job. There is a good reason that I am loyal to Drainworks – they have earned my respect. When I pay Drainworks to resolve a plumbing issue, they do it right and they leave me a very satisfied customer.

EAS, High Park

One night after a huge downpour recently, our basement was partially wet with water. After just one call to Drainworks the morning after, they immediately sent 2 servicemen namely Steve and Dan to the house to diagnose the cause. They checked thoroughly every angle of the problem and gave us honest opinion. I am truly satisfied with the detailed and clean work that they did. Thanks Steve and Dan! Job well done.

Johnny, North York


Contact us any time of day, any day of the week at 416 486 0000 or book a plumber in Toronto by using our online form. When your basement is wet, we’ll be there in a flash.

Thanks for reading,

The DrainWorks Team

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