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Keep Your Belongings Safe And Dry With Basement Waterproofing

When you live in a wet northern climate, you may come home from work one spring day—say after a large snowmelt or thunderstorm—and find that you have an indoor swimming pool beneath your house. Now you might think an indoor pool sounds fun (if you have children, they will definitely like the sound of it!) butstanding knee-deep in water while your 100-year-old Louis Vuitton chest is ruined isn’t the nicest situation. Your breakers are blown, electronics short-circuited, your drywall and furniture are soaked, and mould and mildew have begun to grow. The whole situation is just a big headache (and aspiring isn’t cheap, either).

Leaky basements can be hazardous to not only your personal belongings, but also the structure of your home. Remember—DIY waterproofing paints are a cover up, not a solution! Paint stops the water from getting through the wall for a little while,but it can build up in your cinder block walls and fester there for months to years. The water freezes, expands and contracts, and causes the mortar to weaken and crack. Studs on interior walls will get wet, and possibly warp. Moisture causes mould and mildew to grow and release their spores into the air, which you will be breathing whenever and wherever you are in the home. That is why it is vital to get your basement waterproofed as soon as you notice an issue—repair flood damage and stop further issues from developing!

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Waterproofing is both an interior and an exterior job for most basements. Professionalsdig a trench around the house, and install a “J-Channel” to irrigate water run-off that may come from higher areas (nearby small hills in your yard, your roof, gutter drain pipes, and so forth)to a dry well that is located away from the main structure of the home. However, on occasion it may not be possible to waterproof the entire exterior of a home due to neighbouring structures, concrete slabs, and porches. When it’s only possible to waterproof the inside of the home, trenches are dug along the basement walls, and water is irrigated to a sump pump which pumps the water into another trench outside the house and is carried safely and efficiently out to the dry well. If you need professional help setting up or with using a sump pump—as most people do—then check out Aquatightbasements.com/sump-pump/ to learn about how this great local Halifax organization can help you stay dry.

Ensuring your basement is clean and water-free is not something to take lightly, nor is it something to attempt on your own. Call up a professional waterproofing company to protect your investments and keep the swimming pool where it belongs—in the backyard!

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