Waterproofing is the most effective way of stopping water from entering damaged areas around your home.

What is waterproofing?

Waterproofing is a method of preventing water from entering a protected area. Over time, materials tend to wear out over long periods of unexpected temperatures. Weather conditions including heavy rain and snow can land on the ground around your home and it is absorbed by the soil around the home’s foundation. This can result in the wet soil applying pressure to the concrete base of your home, causing severe potential damages.

This is where waterproofing comes in. Waterproofing can prevent water from entering from outside of the building, on top of properly draining out water that gets into the building. Waterproofing can prevent potential water damages to the base of your home, so you do not have to worry about costly water damage expenses.

Why should I waterproof my home?

When water seeps into a home/building, it is a recipe for disaster. Water that enters your home can build mildew. Mildew is a mould that affects an area by smelling bad, looking bad and damaging the foundation of your building. Mildew can also lower the air quality in your home, causing an allergy-reactive environment for its residents. In more serious cases, mildew can cause reactions leading to vomiting, shortness of breath and headaches. On top of this, the water can lead to a growth of fungi in your home. Fungi can cause a building’s walls to rot and damage a building’s foundation. However, through waterproofing, all of these problems can be countered.

What are the most common waterproofing problems?

The most common waterproofing problems are:

Wall cracks

  • The foundation of a building is its main source of support, but this also makes it the most liable to damages. When moisture succeeds in entering a building due to rainfall or snowstorm, it will produce cracks in foundation walls. Through water seepage from the soil as well as factors such as poor construction and uneven ground, the foundation will likely experience wall cracks. The foundation’s materials will also wear out over time, resulting in a weaker foundation and water seepage. Water seepage can also cause a foundation to shrink over a long period of time.
  • If you have identified any cracks in your home, most notably in your basement, then you should contact a plumbing professional as soon as you can. With effective waterproofing, your home will no longer attain foundation cracks or water damages.
Wall cracks are one of the most common waterproofing problems.

Sump Pump Damage

  • The role of a sump pump is to redirect an overflow of water into another location. This can assist in keeping a building dry, as it will not be affected by heavy amounts of water due to rainfall. Sump pumps are typically installed at the lowest point of a building, most times in the basement. If a sump pump is not covered with effective waterproofing, it could lead to a sump pump failure. A sump pump failure can lead to foundation damages, a flooded basement and thousands of dollars in repair expenses.
  • What makes sump pump failure even more concerning is that it can be a common occurrence. Due to weather conditions, faulty equipment, improper installation and switch failure, sump pumps can fail to work when they are called into action.
  • Your sump pump may only be used a couple of times during a year, however if it gets clogged with debris, it can result in a sump pump failure. We recommend that you consider maintaining the condition of your sump pump by contacting us and scheduling a check-up every three months to assess if it is in working condition. Through consistent monitoring and assessment, you can avoid sump pump failure.

Roof Leakage

  • A roof can experience waterproofing issues as its materials wear out. The roofing membrane, which is what holds the roof together, can undergo severe weather conditions such as heavy rainfall resulting in roof damages. These damages include leaks due to water seepage, which can end up going into a home and creating mould. A leaking roof can also result in potential electrical hazards.
  • If you believe that your roof is in poor condition, we recommend that you contact us for an inspection and to waterproof your roof. By waterproofing your roof, you can avoid water seepage and potential water damage expenses.

Poor Drainage System

  • A poor drainage system can result in unexpected water seepage into your home. When there are weather conditions such as heavy rainfall, water can accumulate in the areas of your building’s foundation wall. This can result in water seepage and water damage in your home, as the water passes through the tiles of your home.
  • If your drainage system is currently not functioning properly, we recommend that you contact us right away. We can provide inspection and waterproofing to address your drainage system.

What are the most common waterproofing methods?

The most common waterproofing methods include:

Interior and Exterior Waterproofing

  • Interior and exterior waterproofing can counter water seepage and heavy weather conditions by maintaining the structure of your walls. Waterproofing will not only protect your home’s foundation, it will also prevent fungi growth in your home. The two types of waterproofing have slight differences in their functionality.
  • Interior waterproofing can control water seepage that has already occurred in your home. To do this, interior waterproofing collaborates with your drainage system to send the excess water to your home’s sump pump. This process may involve the installation of various pipes and drains to direct the water to your sump pump. Your basement and walls will not experience any water seepage, as a result.
  • Exterior waterproofing is applied directly onto the outside of your walls, which can completely negate water seepage from coming close to the inside of your home. However, this option is typically more costly due to its greater effectiveness and longevity. 
  • Both types of waterproofing are effective, however exterior waterproofing is much more productive in preventing water seepage. Therefore, even if exterior waterproofing is more costly, it is recommended to utilize it to prevent more severe seepages and leaks. Interior waterproofing is best suited for minor leaks and non-foundation related damages.
Interior and exterior waterproofing are both effective in stopping water from unexpectedly entering your home.

Roof Waterproofing

  • Roof waterproofing is applied to the roofing membrane of your home. With effective installation, this will protect your roof from leaking. However, it is crucial that it is installed with a high attention to detail, otherwise it will be inefficient when countering water seepage. Our team at Plumber Pro Toronto will be happy to provide you with effective roof waterproofing service!

Brick Waterproofing

  • Brick waterproofing focuses on aiding the damaged areas due to water penetration. Moisture, along with soil and minerals can enter directly into bricks over time. These materials can then lead to the bricks expanding, resulting in damages.
  • By applying brick waterproofing, the bricks of your foundation can counter moisture and water, preventing fungi growth and any water damage. For effective brick waterproofing service, you can contact us today!

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