The Benefits of Basement Waterproofing for Your Toronto Home or Business

Is basement waterproofing a good investment? You bet it is. Unless you don’t want to prevent flooding, cut energy costs, and breathe cleaner indoor air, that is.

These are only a few of the very important benefits of waterproofing your basement. And we have plenty more to share where that came from. 

Below is a guide on all the benefits of basement waterproofing you need in your home. Check them out right here.

Basement Waterproofing Prevents Flooding

Do you use your basement as a guest room, for storage, or something else? Maybe you’re still deciding. In any case, we’re sure that a filthy, indoor lake is not the purpose you have in mind for your basement.

To prevent flooding/water damage to everything you have down there, your basement needs to be waterproofed.

Save Money

Obviously, repairing all the structural damage described above will cost a lot more than waterproofing your basement in the first place. That’s in addition to the cost of replacing any furniture or other personal items ruined by flooding.

Save Energy

Another way basement waterproofing saves money is by reducing your heating and cooling costs. Moisture in your basement evaporates into your indoor air. And high indoor humidity requires your HVAC system to work harder to keep your home at the desired temperature.

Waterproofing stops this humidifying cycle and, thus, reduces your monthly energy bill.

Reduce Health Problems

Humid indoor air also encourages the growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria. As you know, such indoor health hazards are notorious for worsening conditions like asthma and indoor allergies. This combined with humid indoor air means that asthma attacks will be a far more common occurrence in these homes.

But there’s something even worse than that. The indoor mold growth might even contribute to the development of asthma in young children. Waterproofing your basement, then, is essential to improving the health of those in your household.

Protect the Structural Integrity of Your Home

One of the most important things to remember is that your basement is built into the foundation of your home. Thus, any damage to your basement is damage to your foundation. And that’s extremely bad for the structural integrity of the whole building.

First, swelling groundwater cracks through the concrete of your basement. Then, temperature changes expand these cracks even wider. Finally, your warped, cracked foundation wreaks havoc on the floors above.

This type of structural damage can easily become catastrophic.

Increase the Value of Your Home

Furthermore, waterproofing can also make you money. All the benefits on this list can be used as selling points when you decide to sell your home. This is sure to increase the value of your home.

Basement Waterproofing Near You

Do you need basement waterproofing? If you read this guide, and don’t have your basement waterproofed already, then you know the answer is, “Yes.”

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5 Common Sump Pump Problems

If you want that your basement should always stay dry, it is better to prevent the sump pump problems than to solve them intensively when they have already appeared.

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You can pay much more for the repair works if your sump pump goes out of order. You will need to fix it immediately because even a little water can result in huge damage.

First of all, it is important to know what a sump pump is and why you need to take care of it. The sump pump system is developed for pumping water from your house foundation through another pipe, a discharge one. When the sump pump is out of order, the basement can get flooded and the result of it is usually a costly redecoration. Even small amounts of water can lead to much damage, especially if the water is standing and your basement floor is covered with it. In a while, the situation can result in the appearance of nasty mold issues.

Do not wait until your wet basement dries out and the sump pump problems vanish like a bubble. It is always better to avoid such challenges. The first step to it is the correct and reasonable choice of your sump pump.

Here are some common sump pump problems you may encounter.

1.     The pump is overwhelmed

It happens when you didn’t pick out the correct size of your sump pump. Because of that, the equipment is not able to deal with big water volumes. The flooded basement can be an obvious outcome of this wrong choice. Think about another sump pump when a single item does not handle all the water.

2.     Burning out of the pump may happen

There are many reasons why the sump pump can become burnt out. Among them, let us highlight a wrong float switch, the underpowered and overworked pump, and many other causes connected with the incorrect choice. It is especially important to avoid cheap equipment made of inexpensive and undurable components and materials that do not last. They may fail any time right at the moment when you need their steadiness badly, for example, when the winter is extremely wet.

3.       The loss or outage of power leads to sump pump failure

The sump pump can lose its power because of some reason. Among the most common ones, let us mention the unplugged pump, power outage, or a tripped circuit breaker. There are some others but you should remember that no sump pump can work smoothly when there is no power or power outage happens too often.

4.     The intake is blocked

The intake can become clogged or blocked rather often. That does not allow the pump to extract water from a sump line or sump pit.

5.     The discharge line can also be clogged or frozen

The discharge pipe is a part of the equipment that takes water away from the home through the sump pump. This pipe can get clogged with roots or rocks, dirt or sand, and other kinds of garbage. The water in this discharge line can get frozen during the wintertime and block the system completely. 

Solution:

Contact your local waterproofer for an evaluation and estimate! Contact Tornado Plumbing & Drains today to schedule an appointment with your local contractor. They can evaluate your basement or crawl space and provide an estimate on installing a new sump pump system in your home. Looking for a price? Get a no-cost, no-obligation free estimate.

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How to Successfully do a Crack Injection. A 2020 Updated Guideline

The term “crack injection” sounds like a very hard to do process. However, truth be told, you only need to know a few steps and this is exactly what I am going to present today. So let’s begin the reading session.

Crack Injection – the Steps

Place injection ports

The Surface Ports are entryways for putting the material for repair into the crack. They reduce the requirement to penetrate into the concrete, therefore decreasing the work time.

Seal the exterior

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Apply an epoxy concrete repair substance to seal the exterior ports and opened cracks. The adhesive needs around 20 – 45 minutes to produce a surface seal with great bond features that hold up below the epoxy injection. Add the paste in the opened crack and leave only the portholes opened.

The Actual Process of Crack Injection

Start injecting at the most lower gate on the wall. Continue the process until the epoxy begins to run out of the port and over it. That is the optical indication that the crack has been loaded to that point.  The next thing that you need to do is to fill the first port with the given cover. After that, move to the next one and start doing the same process again until you are sure that all the crack is filled with epoxy.  

Lift the Ports

When everything is finished, give 24 to 48 hours rest at room temperature for the epoxy to restore and infiltrate within the cracks. The injection ports can be lifted by hitting them with a tool such as a hammer.

The process of crack injection is not a hard one. It can be done in only four easy steps, but for that, you need dexterity, time and tools. Unfortunately, not everybody can do an epoxy concrete repair when their walls need one. This is why there are professional services ready to come and help you. Professionals such as the team from Tornado Plumbing.

Так что, если вы из Etobicoke или Mississauga или даже из их окрестностей, обязательно свяжитесь с нами, и мы сделаем за вас тяжелую работу. Если вы из другого региона, мы будем рады ответить на любые ваши вопросы.

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All you Need to Know about Underpinning. Affordable Underpinning offered by Tornado Plumbing

When building a new structure or only renovate one, underpinning is the method of strengthening the basis known as building-foundation. In this article, we will talk about the reasons why every construction should go under the underpinning process, but most importantly what you should look for when picking a company to make the underpinning for your property.

When is Mandatory to do Underpinning

Underpinning might be required for many reasons such as:

  • The primary foundation is not reliable or durable;
  • The reason why the structure was built has changed;
  • The characteristics of the soil holding the foundation have changed;
  • The building of nearby constructions requires soil excavation;
  • To build another story to an existing building;
  • To prepare for natural disasters such as earthquakes or floods is recommended also to do some basement underpinning and waterproofing.

What you should receive when doing underpinning to your house

There are many companies that offer underpinning services, but when looking for one that offers an affordable underpinning solution, you want to be sure they check some major aspects such as:

  • Initial investigations to decide if extra work is needed;
  • Plan and certification made by an engineer;
  • A complete quotation of the expected work;
  • Construction permission;
  • Foundation stabilization;
  • Jacking of the foundations;
  • Force grouting;
  • Root stops;
  • Plumbing examination to guarantee there are no leaking;
  • Engineer surveillance and certification.

As you can see, there are many reasons why you should consider doing underpinning to your house. Also, there are many aspects when picking a company to work for you. Picking an organization that offers affordable underpinning solutions is not as easy as one might think because most of them reduce the quality of their work along with the price.However, if you are from Etobicoke, Mississauga or surroundings, we, the team from Tornado Plumbing are more than happy to come, take a look at your property and offer the best features for the most affordable underpinning solution.

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Exterior VS. Interior Waterproofing

As a homeowner, you definitely want your home to be safe, dry and waterproof. However, the reality is that almost all basements suffer from water damage at some point. So, it’s not about IF you need basement waterproofing, but rather WHEN you will need it, and WHAT kind of waterproofing system you should choose. Below is an overview of the two main methods: interior and exterior waterproofing.

Interior waterproofing

SBasement waterproofing Torontoince interior waterproofing system comes into play, when there’s already water getting into your basement, this is not technically a waterproofing solution, but rather a water management system. When talking about interior waterproofing, we usually mean a sump pump installation – drainage system that collects water from the weeping tiles and pushes it outside the house.

Interior waterproofing has some advantages over exterior waterproofing like:

  • the home’s exterior landscaping is not disrupted;
  • the installation can be performed no matter what the weather conditions are;
  • it is least expensive.

However, its disadvantages are much more prominent:

  • it doesn’t keep water from penetrating inside the house;
  • water penetration hampers the block walls and may cause mold development.

So, this solution can be deployed when, for instance, excavating is not possible due to accessibility cases. But whenever possible, exterior waterproofing should be considered as a priority.

Exterior waterproofing

This solution may include partially rebuilding the foundation, applying hydrostatic mastic and installing a new drainage system, if required. The method has number of important advantages:

  • that’s a truly waterproofing method since when applied properly, it stops water from entering the home;
  • the pressure on the basement walls is relieved as water in the soil along the exterior of the basement walls drains into the drain tile;
  • there is minimal to no disturbance to the interior of basement.

Unfortunately, there are also some important disadvantages to exterior waterproofing:

  • it involves excavating and hence, disruptions of exterior landscape;
  • work may take several days to complete.

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Unluckily, weather conditions in Toronto area cause basements to leak too often. With lots of rain in spring and fall, and lots of melting snow in winter, it seems that waterproofing in Etobicoke and its neighborhood is a must. However, it comes as a bonus that waterproofing is likely to increase significantly the price of your property if you decide to sell it at some point.
Every house is unique, and you should consult with a professional to design the proper waterproofing system for your particular home. Here at Tornado Plumbing we offer high-quality waterproofing service and are always happy to protect property of Toronto inhabitants from water damage. Feel free to contact us and stay dry!

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How to Prepare Basement for Winter?

It is a common knowledge that winters in Toronto are very cold, top it up with closeness to the lake and you have perfect conditions for basement flooding. This is the last thing you want to deal with during the cold season. Decrease of temperature and icing of the water in soil can cause cracks and leaks letting the moisture to your basement. As a result you could have mildew, mold and damage to the staff you store in the basement.

You can prepare for it in advance to avoid the consequences. Below are tips on how to prepare your basement for winder to avoid headaches during the holiday season:

Check if There is Any Water Around Basement Windows

One of the ways for moisture to enter your home are windows. Walk around your house after the rain and check if there is any water near windows of your basement. Look for accumulations of water around window wells of the basement or for spots in the lawn where water does not drain.

If there are pools of water and you do have cracks in the foundation it may cause problems. Also, check for any running water from basement windows.

Window treatmens could be a temporary fix, though eventually you may need to replace your window wells.

Make Sure Your Sump Pump is functioning

Check for water pooling around sump pump hose, this may be happening due to dips in the concrete of the basement floor. When temperature goes below zero degrees and water freezes in unheated basements, it can cause break down of the sump pump or just temporary stop.

Your discharge lines have to be insulated to ensure the water is pumped freely away from the foundation. In the worst case scenario ice may cause damage to your sump pump and you will have to change it.

If you do notice that water is collecting around the pump or that sump pump is working, call professionals from Tornado Plumbing for repair.

Cracks in Seal

If you have any cracks on the exterior of the basement it may result into water leaking into basement during rain season or when the snow is melting. It becomes even bigger problem if the water that go into those cracks freezes again, as it will expand and make cracks even bigger.
Several cycles of this process could happen in one winter and your will end up having wide cracks in the foundation, which would cause mold and moist in the basement.

To prepare for winter, check concrete for cracks before the weather becomes frosty. If you know how to fill cracks you can apply some hydraulic cement or silicone to cracks smaller than two mm. And if you are not comfortable with filling those cracks yourself, call Tornado Plumbing for help.

Clean Snow Around the House

You do not want any snow, water or ice anywhere close to you the walls of your basement. Thus, you need to shovel snow away from the house and remove any ice, before it melts and gets into the cracks to freeze again. Also, do not pile snow or ice very close to the house, move it to the far
end of your backyard.

Clear Your Gutters from Debris

Always make sure your gutters are clean and nothing is blocking water flow, before winter. If you have any soil or leafs there it will cause water to go directly into the soil around the building and freezing when the frost starts. Check all gutters and drains are clean and water can travel at least five feet away from the house.

Protect Pipepes from Freezing

When water freezes it expands and if that happens in the pipes burst. To save your house from burst pipes, make sure that waterlines are well protected from cold air and freezing temperatures. Insulation can help or putting heater in the spaces with no central heating. You can also drip warm water overnight.

If you notice high humidity levels in your basement or if you know it has poor drainage, you may need basement waterproofing. Waterproofers from Tornado Plumbing are always here to help!

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How Can Waterproofing Help You Get Rid of Mold

Moulds are parts of natural environment but they can become a serious problem if they begin growing indoors. Moulds grow in your house in places where is moisture – around leaks in roofs, windows, pipes or in basements and if left unaddressed, can spread indoors and have potential risks to human health because they produce allergens and irritants. Moulds often release spores into the air and have a negative impact on the indoor air quality because mould spores are so small that people can actually breathe them in.

Exposure to mould environments can lead to a variety of health effects on people who are sensitive to mould. It can cause eye, nose, and throat irritation, nasal stuffiness, coughing or wheezing, symptoms of asthma, skin irritation, and allergic reactions.

No matter what type of mould is present, the best practice is to remove it and take measures to prevent its future growth to make your home a healthy environment. Removing black mould is a complicated and time-consuming process that requires specialized services that can be rather expensive and disruptive to your home life or business operations. If you want to avoid that, you should take measures to prevent mould growth.

To prevent and stop mould growth and improve housing conditions, you need to eliminate factors that moulds need to survive – water intrusion and moisture. So you should control moisture in your house and fix water leaks. Water can come into your house by leaking or by seeping through basement floors. That’s why waterproofing your basement is an essential step in preventing these unwanted issues that can damage your property and present a number of health risks to people. Waterproofing solutions for wet basements include exterior waterproofing, interior waterproofing, French drains, and sump pumps which can also be used as combined methods.

Tornado Plumbing offers high-quality waterproofing services to property owners in Toronto and GTA. We use the latest waterproofing technologies, tools, materials, and techniques. We will identify all factors that need to be addressed to ensure that your property is protected from the water damage and will offer you effective solutions that meet your needs and budget. Contact us and find out how we can help you.

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Waterproofing in Toronto

The abundance of moisture makes waterproofing in Toronto and other surrounding areas an absolute necessity. As basements are built into the ground, most of them present a possibility of basement leaks that can turn what was once a dry basement into a wet basement which is a serious health hazard that can also affect the value of your home. In fact, basement moisture infiltration is a common problem for many homeowners.

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Recently Tornado Plumbing team was engaged in a basement waterproofing project. One of the homeowners in Toronto wanted to fix his wet basement and he wanted to avoid digging up the outside of the house foundation because excavation work would damage the landscaping around the house. Besides, the homeowner wanted to save costs as the basement was unfinished.

Tornado Plumbing offers a wide range of basement waterproofing services to permanently remedy a wet basement but, in this particular case, it was decided to install an interior waterproofing drainage system to solve the foundation seepage issues.

Our goal was to remove existing moisture, install waterproof barriers from the inside of the foundation, and build a series of weeping tiles and drains that divert accumulated water.

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We started by removing a section of basement floor about one foot wide along the perimeter of the basement where the drain tile was to go. After that, we made a trench along the foundation to a level even with the bottom of the foundation footing. We filled the bottom of the trench with washed gravel to serve as a porous space for water to move through. On the top of the gravel, we laid internal weeping tiles, connected them, and fitted to the basin of a sump pump. Then we poured more washed gravel on top to completely embed the pipe.

We also installed a vapor barrier on the walls to cover the seepage and help direct it to the new drain system.

Finally, we poured concrete over the trench to create a final waterproof layer.

After we’ve finished, the happy homeowner could start enjoying his new basement.

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