Basement waterproofing is a commonly done procedure for wet basements. It is done either externally or internally and it ensures that your basement stays nice and dry. For homes which are located in rainy and snowy areas, a basement flood becomes a regular visitor. This mainly happens because of malfunctions in your home’s drainage system.

How do Basements Flood?

Here are some places you should search if you want to discover the reasons for your frequent basement floods:

1. Floor & Walls

The first thing you need to do if you have frequent basement floods is to carefully inspect your floor and walls. Your floods may be occurring because of cracks and holes in your flooring. Sealing the unwanted cracks is an easy job you can even do by yourself. On the other hand, determining the reason for crack appearance is a job for expert plumbers. The cause may vary from a broken pipe to an underwater spring near your foundation.

2. Sump Pump

A sump pump is the main part of your water drainage system. It pumps out excess water to disposal areas making your home and basement as dry as possible. The key parts are often the ones most vulnerable to malfunction. The sump pump consists of many other parts and for it to function properly it needs to be regularly cleaned, sufficiently installed and made out of quality material. If your sump pump is doing its job right and you are still facing floods, maybe you need to install a second one since some homes are more exposed to excess water than others.

3. Gutters

The signs of clogged gutters are sagginess, spilling side water, bird nests and roof or basement wall leaks. Gutters are an important part of proper water disposal and that is exactly why you should clean them at least 2 times a year. The cleaning is recommended before or after rainy seasons. This prevents water from entering your home and its foundation. Apart from basement floods, clogged gutters can also lead to bacteria build-up and vermin nesting.

4. Sewer Lines

Sometimes the pipes connecting homes to main sewer lines can clog or disconnect due to old age, debris, tree roots and corrosion. Pipes are made out of natural substances and they are vulnerable to every type of difficulty nature brings. The worst consequence of malfunctioning sewer lines is sewer back-ups. This means that contaminated black sewer water can enter your home through the basement. To check if your sewer lines are doing ok, a drain camera inspection is highly recommended.

About Aquamaster Plumbing

Aquamaster Drain, Plumbing & Waterproofing Inc. is your full-service plumbing and basement waterproofing company assisting the Greater Toronto Area residents. We offer services such as drain repair, drain cleaning, basement waterproofing, sump pump installation, and more.

Posted by Fedor, Aquamaster Drain, Plumbing & Waterproofing Inc.