Membranix Coatings are experts in Ottawa for foundation repairs and restoration. Our contractors will evaluate the condition of your foundation, determine the cause and advise the best solution for you. Learn more about the signs that you need your home in Ottawa needs foundation repair or restoration.
The most common areas for water penetration are in the corner of a window. This is where small hairline cracks appear, allowing water seepage which generally can be injected with polyurethane, or above grade cracks in the parging area. In other cases there can be more significant factors involved, such as structural cracks, mortar on block walls deteriorating, walls buckling of heaving, weeping tile not functioning which can also cause water to seep in at the floor level.
The general signs of water problems in your basement are:
1. Dampness at the base of the foundation wall
2. Wall or drywall staining
4. Carpet (flooring) is wet
5. Water stain, mildew or a musty smell on objects stored on the floor
6. Efflorescence (white powdery substance)
7. Condensation on the windows and concrete
A typical exterior foundation repair consists of:
Some precautions that are highly recommended to help eliminate water entry are:
1.Proper Grading- The soil should slope away from the house on all sides of the foundation. Any concrete work such as walkways, driveways, and patios should also allow enough of a slope to ensure that water doesn't pool at the foundation and enter. In the event they do slope towards the foundation or you find pooling water, you should look at having this repaired.
2.Window Well & Window Well Drain- Ensure that there is free draining stone in the window well area along with a window well drain going down to the footing. Any water that could potentially pool will drain to the footing and can be taken away by the weeping tile at the footing.
3.Gardens & Flowerbeds- You should not have gardens, flower beds or trees too close to the house; this could attract water entry. You should have a proper slope away from the foundation, either seed, install grass or stone.
4.Cracks- Inspect your foundation below grade, if accessible as well as above grade (parging area) to see if there are any hairline cracks or missing parging. If there is, you should consider fixing those areas as soon as possible; this is a very common area of water entry.
5.Sump Pumps- Inspect the sump pit area to ensure that it is deep enough. Inspect the sump pump - the year (too old is not good) and the volume capacity. It is recommended if you are in a high water table you should have a backup battery power for two main reasons: first being if there is a high volume of water and the pump can't keep up; secondly, if there is a power outage.
6.Eavestrough & Downspouts- Make sure that you have eavestrough with downspouts on your house so water gets directed away from the foundation appropriately and doesn't accumulate, causing water problems. It is important to also keep the eavestrough free and clear of obstructions, such as leaves, twigs, and any other debris. Typically these areas should be inspected twice a year: once in the spring and once in the fall.
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