Exterior Basement Waterproofing

TIME TO WATERPROOF YOUR HAMILTON RESIDENCE

Your basement is wet. You can't use it as a storage space, and it's possible that what was once a damp smell is now actual mold... Don't risk your family's health - At Foundations First, we understand that waterproofing your basement is a big task - the size of the area alone is huge! We're here to help.

Our great skill and experience in waterproofing basements allows us to complete these kinds of projects with both quality and speed. You should expect it to take our team 1-2 days under normal conditions. Our products include: weeping tile, interior drainage systems and sump pumps, which have been drying basements
effectively for more than 20 years. Call us now for a free consultation and a guaranteed quote in Hamilton and surrounding areas: (905) 638-5984.

WHY CHOOSE FOUNDATIONS FIRST TO WATERPROOF YOUR BASEMENT

  • Professional Team: Our team of experts are professionally trained and boast over 20 years of experience in the trade.
  • Quality Products: We pride ourselves in strictly using high-quality materials so that your basement not only gets dry but stays dry for as long as possible. We use patented, award-winning products for all our projects, so
    you can be sure that we have you covered.
  • Efficiency: Seeing to quality doesn't stop us from completing our projects within time expectancy, which is almost always one to two days.
  • Budget-friendly: At Foundations First, we work with you to get your project customized and done within your budget. Call us now for a free consultation and a guaranteed quote: (905) 638-5984.

WHERE WE WORK

Our service area includes:

  • Haldimand
  • Caledonia
  • Hagersville
  • Cayuga
  • South Cayuga
  • Canborough
  • Dunnville
  • Nanticoke
  • Jarvis
  • Port Maitland
  • Lowbanks
  • Smithville
  • Grimsby
  • St Catharines
  • Peel Region
  • Brampton
  • Caledon
  • Missisauga
  • Halton Region
  • Halton Hills
  • Georgetown
  • Milton
  • Oakville
  • Burlington
  • Hamilton
  • Niagara Region
  • Brant County
  • Brantford
  • Brant
  • Tutela Heights
  • Burford
  • Saint George
  • Glen Morris
  • Paris
  • Falkland
  • Oxford County
  • Plattsville
  • Drumbo
  • Princeton
  • Creditville
  • Tavistock
  • Brooksdale
  • Embro
  • Kintore
  • Thamesford
  • Sweaburg
  • Beachville
  • Ingersoll
  • Mt. Elgin
  • Tilsonberg
  • Burgessville
  • Norwich
  • Otterville
  • Waterloo
  • Kitchener
  • Guelph
  • Preston
  • Cambridge
  • Elora
  • Fergus
  • Arthur
  • Mt Forest
  • Minto

WHY AND HOW THIS HAPPENS

Basement floods are such a hassle, and fixing them is another headache, but this home ailment is common to houses both old and new. Furthermore, it's not likely to be a one-time occurrence. If water has already made it into your home's foundation, you can be sure it'll happen again.

The 2 main causes are:

  1. The clay bowl effect and
  2. Hydrostatic pressure

UNDERSTANDING THE CLAY BOWL EFFECT

A house is built by, first, digging a hole in the ground to make room for the basement and foundation. To do this, the hole must be larger than the space your home will need. Here, the foundation is made and the concrete floor poured. Then, some of the excavated soil is used to fill the space around the outside of the
foundation. This soil is called backfill and it will be loose and full of air from the excavation itself. The surrounding and untouched soil is called, virgin soil. This soil may have been settling for hundreds or even thousands of years.
Now that we've explained that, the clay bowl effect will be easy to understand. The backfill soil surrounding the foundation is much more loose and absorbent of water than the dense, hard-packed virgin soil around it. The loose soil, because of its many channels and airways, creates an attractive passage for water, and so
this is where it all flows towards - precisely where you don't want it to! This area of loose soil and water is the infamous clay bowl.

UNDERSTANDING HYDROSTATIC PRESSURE AND WET FOUNDATION SOILS

Now that you have a clay bowl full of water surrounding your foundation, the soil will expand, and the weight of the water will press against it. This is what we call hydrostatic pressure. Water is sneaky, and it will make its way into your basement in whatever way it possibly can. It even filters through tiny cracks in the walls and floors, through small openings around pipes, through porous concrete, and the most common way - through the foundation wall-floor joint. Most flooded basements start with a leak here, where the floor and wall meet.

WATERPROOFING FOUNDATIONS

How do you dry a wet basement? We do it by stopping the water at the point where it enters the foundation. As most basements flood from the wall-floor joint, we stop this kind of flooding by installing a perimeter drainage system along the edge of that union. This system collects the water and sends it to a sump pump, which directs it away from your home. But every home is unique, and we want to make sure your foundation is treated right. Contact us now for a free consult and estimate.

WHEN TO WATERPROOF A BASEMENT

As with most proofing, this is best done when the foundation is being constructed in the first place. The job is more easily executed this way, and the results are better guaranteed to last a long time.

HOW TO WATERPROOF A BASEMENT

In exterior basement waterproofing, we use a bonding substance or membrane, which is applied to the outside walls of the basement. In interior basement waterproofing, we use a drainage system to direct the water beneath the floor and into the weeping tile.

BASEMENT WATERPROOFING - 9 REASONS TO DO IT TODAY

  • To create a stronger foundation for your home
  • To improve home space use by using your basement as storage, as a game room or as you best see fit
  • To lower the humidity level in your home
  • Whether you're trying to sell it or not, you'll increase the space and value of your home
  • To reduce on energy expenses by preventing air from coming in during the cold seasons
  • To prevent long term health problems for you and your family (in the case that a flood occurs)
  • To save in both time and money in the long-run

The more you wait, the higher the risk of water seeping into your basement walls and floor. Call us now for a free consult and estimate: (905) 638-5984.

A FINAL WORD

With our basement waterproofing, we'll keep your basement dry throughout the entire year. Above that, you'll be able to maximize your space and make the basement a useful part of the house, rather than keep dealing with a continuous burden.

FREE CONSULT & ESTIMATE

We service all areas of the Hamilton and surrounding areas. To book an appointment (free consultation and estimate), contact us by phone now: (905) 638-5984.


This basement required crack repair with a hydraulic cement, followed by a waterproofing membrane and then Delta MS.  A window well drainage riser was also installed due to a window leaking.  The site was then backfilled and brought back to it's original level in preparation for landscaping.

Want to speak with one of our team regarding your exterior waterproofing needs? We can do a free consultation and advise on the best approach to your home's waterproofing requirements.

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