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 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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Building walkout in Etobicoke

Tornado Plumbing offers many services to improve basements, including basements walkouts which are a highly desirable feature among homeowners in Ontario because they help increase the functionality of the basement room. Generally, basement walkouts that are added after original construction are tricky to build and require professional experience.

One of Tornado Plumbing clients in Etobicoke wanted to add an exterior basement entrance to improve the versatility and value of his house. Tornado Plumbing discussed the walkout design and planning during the initial consultation stage and installed the basement walkout using high-quality materials to add aesthetic appeal to the house.

 

Since the house is not on a slope and the basement is underground, much work had to be done to provide the homeowner with a separate entrance. In this particular case, the complicated process of building walkout basement in Toronto included excavation, underpinning, waterproofing, masonry, and concrete works to build the steps and the walkout area.

 

First, we dug a trench down to the footings and saw cut out the doorway for a new walkout in the wall to the basement. Next, we installed the underpinning in the walkout area to protect the foundations from moist and frost which is very important in our freezing climate. Then we arranged a catch basin and connected it to sump pump to protect the basement walls from water. After that, we dealt with concrete works and poured the concrete footing for walkout walls. We installed rigid insulation and did waterproofing around the walls to keep the basement dry. Last we built two walls along the trench and the steps.

 

When the work was finished, the owner was pleased with the results because now he has a quality exterior exit and stairs down to the basement level and can have an escape route in case of emergency or even use the basement as an option of expanding his living space.

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