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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Pipe burst in Toronto Downtown

Burst pipes in the water system are the most common plumbing problems for property owners and being a serious source of potential damage to your property, they can become an extremely expensive disaster. If you own a home, a single burst pipe can become a beginning of an endless financial horror story, possibly leading to Pipe burst 2-mintens of thousands in water damages, creating ideal conditions for growth of toxic mold, and having a negative impact on your home’s value. For business owners, a burst pipe can lead to a flooding that can cause severe damage to sensitive electronic equipment and machinery, resulting in a major economic loss. A burst pipe repair is a serious job that requires urgent professional attention to minimize potential damage and prevent further costs and it should be performed by experienced licensed and certified plumbers.

Fixing pipe bursts is one of the 24/7 emergency plumbing services provided by Tornado Plumbing for residents of Toronto and GTA. We use the most recent plumbing technologies and high-quality materials to ensure that a burst pipe repair is done quickly and efficiently.

Pipe burst 1-minA business owner from Toronto Downtown contacted Tornado Plumbing team for emergency plumbing services and reported that a pipe burst in his office because of damage and he was afraid that the water could spread quickly across floors and down walls and cause serious damage to the neighboring offices as well.

We arrived at the office immediately and found the source of the issue. We identified the exact location of the damage. It was plastic piping and the crack was in between joints, that’s why we had to replace the damaged section. We used a hacksaw to remove the damaged part of the pipe and created joints to cross the two undamaged sections. We placed the new pipe section and fixed it with plastic pipe sealant. In this way, we fixed the burst pipe and got the plumbing system working again. Tornado Plumbing team got the job done quickly and properly and saved the customer both time and money.

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