The biggest enemies of homeowners are floods. They happen when we least expect and turn our daily lives upside down. The chances of you experiencing a flood are even higher in rainy and snowy climates. That’s why Canadian households have always faced this unwanted issue. Before you contact an expert (and you must when noticing a leak or a flood), here is some helpful information on this topic:
How Do Floods Happen?
Some floods happen because of our tiny mistakes, some because of city sewer issues and others because of mere chance. There are tons of causes for floods and usually, some of them are combined and work together on destroying your home.
The first thing you should know is that water is immensely strong. When it accumulates, it builds so much pressure on nearby surfaces that they crack and break. But water shouldn’t enter the home and the things that prevent it to do so are the roof, basement, and piping. If you have a problem in one of these then you will soon be experiencing a flood.
The basement is directly placed in the ground and that’s why it is surrounded by water. Whether from underground water springs or from heavy rain, the ground near the basement gathers water. As that water accumulates, it builds pressure on structures and cracks concrete. (Yes, concrete can break even if it’s brand new).
To avoid this, homeowners install basement waterproofing systems that prevent water to accumulate in the first place and dispose of it in a sewer or downhill. Another way water might enter the basement is from leaky/broken pipes, ceiling leaks and sewer back up.
The most dangerous scenario is the latter. Sometimes sewer pipes clog or break and the water which they carry gets back to your home. If you have a sump pump, immediately install a backwater valve which shuts down entrances when sewer water wants to get inside.
Bathroom & Kitchen
Other places very prone to creating nasty unwanted pools are bathrooms and kitchens. Because these two areas are linked with pipes and often use water, the chances of floods are very high (compared to bedrooms and living rooms). But how does this happen? Appliances that use water and pipes can break or clog.
If you regularly throw food or cooking oil down the drain, with time a massive clog will be created in your pipes. Also, if your home is old so are the pipes. Old piping means mineral build up, loose parts, and contaminated water.
The same goes for appliances, if they are old, they will most probably break in the near future. To avoid clogs and leaks, clean your piping with homemade recipes such as a mixture of vinegar, baking soda, and hot water.
The last but not least place prone to flooding is the attic. Roofs and gutters exist to protect our homes from outside weather conditions, including heavy rain. If you have an old and damaged roof or clogged and detached gutters, the rain will start to accumulate on the roof and build enormous pressure on the structure.
When the roof leaks, the attic is the first place to face the consequences. Unnoticed or ignored roof cracks usually result in massive attic floods. To check if your home is vulnerable to this scenario, regularly inspect your attic for signs of moisture like rot, unpleasant smells, draftiness, and mold growth.
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 cleaning, basement waterproofing, sump pump installation, and more.