How to fix a leaky foundation wall

Posted by Luc Gerber on Mon, Nov 14, 2016 @ 07:34 PM

If there are signs in your basement that the foundation has leaked you want to get those leaks fixed in the short term to ensure that there you have no headaches in the future. In this post I will discuss the considerations and processes pertaining to the repair of leaky foundation walls.

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Tags: basement leak repair, wet basement repair, foundation leak repair, foundation leaks

Why a basement foundation leaks when the snow melts

Posted by Luc Gerber on Sun, Nov 13, 2016 @ 01:15 PM

By far, the most common cause of a leaky basement is heavy rain; did you know that melting snow has pretty much the same effect as heavy rains as a cause of leaking basements? In this post we discuss how melting snow is equivalent to heavy rain, how melting snow causes basement leaks and the prevention and repair of basement leaks attributable to snow melts.

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Tags: basement leak repair, basement leaks, basement wall leak repair, sources of basement leaks, wet basement repair, basement seepage, causes of leaky basements, foundation leak repair, foundation leaks

Basement Crack Sealing

Posted by Jonathan Gerber on Fri, Aug 12, 2016 @ 08:18 PM

You walk downstairs and notice that your basement carpet is wet. You investigate and find that you have a crack in your foundation that is leaking. Since all you have is a leaking hairline crack there is no way you're going to dig up around your house to waterproof the whole basement because that costs a fortune. Well, you're in luck. You can get a crack sealed, usually for a few hundred dollars.

In this post we explain how basement foundation cracks are sealed and how to avoid spending a fortune fixing a relatively simple basement leak.

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Tags: basement leak repair, crack injection, foundation cracks, basement crack repair, foundation crack repair, fixing basement leaks

Leaky Basement Repair

Posted by Luc Gerber on Thu, Aug 11, 2016 @ 10:37 AM

For most people, their home is their castle so no one is happy when they discover that their basement is leaking. To make matters worse, homeowners have to figure out how to go about getting their leaky basement repaired - usually for the first time. In this post we cover everything you need to know about leaky basement repair, so that you can get your wet basement repaired with confidence.

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Tags: leaky basement repair, basement leak repair, basement leaks, wet basement repair

Basement Foundation Crack Repair

Posted by Luc Gerber on Wed, Aug 03, 2016 @ 10:51 AM

While there are a number of causes of basement leaks, by far, most wet basements result from leaking basement foundation cracks; fortunately, most cracks in a basement are easily and inexpensively repaired.

In this post we discuss several topics pertaining to cracks in poured concrete foundations - the most commonly constructed foundation type since the late 1970's:

In this post:

What are typical basement / foundation cracks

Why basement cracks are repaired

How basement cracks are repaired

How long it takes to repair a foundation crack

Crack repairs that are more complicated

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Tags: crack injection, foundation cracks, basement leaks, basement crack repair, concrete crack repair, foundation crack repair, cracks in poured concrete foundations

Why is there water inside the plastic of my basement insulation?

Posted by Luc Gerber on Tue, May 17, 2016 @ 10:55 AM

Is there water inside the plastic covering your basement insulation? Do you suspect a leak in your foundation wall?

The deep red lines are created by condensate (water) running down the backside of the vapour barrier

If you notice water on the inside of the 'vapour barrier' (the plastic barrier between the inside of your basement and the insulation) around your basement foundation walls, 99.9% of the time it is the product of condensation. This is most common with poured concrete foundation walls that are just a few years old, with condensation most prominent during the hot, humid summer months.

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Tags: basement leaks, damp basements, leaky basement solutions

Inexpensive Basement Waterproofing

Posted by Luc Gerber on Fri, Feb 26, 2016 @ 07:21 AM

Waterproofing a basement is a scary proposition for just about anyone because of the fear that it will cost a fortune. In fact, many homeowners with active basement leaks don't bother to call waterproofing companies because they're afraid of the huge price tag. We've met countless people that have waited many years before dealing with basement leaks because of the high anticipated cost.

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What is crack injection?

Posted by Luc Gerber on Mon, Jan 11, 2016 @ 01:47 PM

Crack injection has arguably become the most common method of repairing foundation cracks over the last few decades. In this post I discuss the crack injection processes and their selection for fixing cracks in foundations and poured concrete cracks in general.

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Tags: crack injection, basement crack repair, concrete crack repair, foundation crack repair

How to fix cracks in foundation walls

Posted by Luc Gerber on Tue, Jan 05, 2016 @ 10:05 AM

Since approximately 1980, most homes in the Greater Toronto Area are constructed with poured concrete foundations. It is widely acknowledged that poured concrete will crack eventually, as shrinkage during the curing process is unavoidable and foundation settlement is relatively common. Given the propensity of concrete to crack, fixing cracks in foundation walls is common and undertaken throughout the world.

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Tags: crack injection, foundation cracks, basement crack repair, concrete crack repair

How to fix a basement leak

Posted by Luc Gerber on Fri, Jan 01, 2016 @ 11:32 AM

There's no doubt that basement leaks are annoying and worrisome, especially where the cost of repairing a basement leak is concerned. In this post I'll discuss how to approach fixing leaks in your basement.

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Tags: leaky basement repair, basement leak repair, basement leaks, wet basement repair, foundation leaks

Why is my basement leaking?

Posted by Luc Gerber on Wed, Dec 23, 2015 @ 09:54 AM

When you discover that there is water in your basement it's not surprising that you would become flustered. A wet basement is stressful because most people haven't encountered this situation before so they don't know what is happening or why. Homeowners will often call and ask "why is my basement leaking"; in this post I will shed light on this subject.

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Tags: leaky basement repair, basement leaks, wet basement repair, basement seepage, wet basement repair solutions, foundation leaks

Foundation cracks and their repair

Posted by Luc Gerber on Fri, Dec 11, 2015 @ 09:51 AM

In this post we will discuss how foundation cracks in poured concrete foundations are repaired; if you need advice about fixing a crack in a concrete block / cinderblock foundation click on this hyperlink: Concrete crack repair and if you are worried, check out: You have cracks in your block foundation, should you be worried?

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Tags: basement leak repair, crack injection, foundation cracks, basement crack repair

Why water comes up through the basement floor and how to stop this seepage

Posted by Luc Gerber on Tue, Dec 08, 2015 @ 03:03 PM

When you discover water in your basement it is natural to think that you have a basement leak; that water is somehow finding its way through your foundation wall. When your basement is unfinished and there is water on the floor and no evidence of a leaking foundation crack or anything else in the foundation wall, what should you think? It is for this reason that many homeowners wonder: why is water coming up through my basement floor or up through floor cracks?

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Tags: interior perimeter drain systems, basement leaks, basement seepage, causes of leaky basements, interior waterproofing

Can you waterproof a basement during the winter?

Posted by Luc Gerber on Fri, Dec 04, 2015 @ 01:23 PM

The traditional way to fix basement leaks involved digging; consequently, it was necessary to ensure that basement waterproofing activities were done when the weather was good - usually when weather is warm and dry. Today, fortunately, homeowners can waterproof their basements year round regardless of weather conditions.

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Tags: basement leak repair, crack injection, foundation cracks, basement leaks, foundation leaks

How to choose the best company to waterproof your basement

Posted by Luc Gerber on Sat, Apr 25, 2015 @ 10:55 AM

For the majority of homeowners that discover that their basement is wet a contractor needs to be called in to fix the problem. Finding qualified and suitable contractors, unfortunately, is seldom a walk in the park. In deciding on which company to hire to waterproof your wet basement, regardless of the technique used, there are several factors to consider.

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Tags: basement leak repair, waterproofing contractors