As the Ontario real estate market continues to skyrocket, more homeowners are choosing to renovate their existing home space rather than sell and move.
Since many homeowners initially decide to move because they want or need more space, it is only natural that the unfinished basement begins to look like a great place to find that extra space!
Ultimately, this can be a great decision to boost resale value as well as give everyone in the family more breathing room.
However, it is vital to do your conversion job right the first time to protect your new basement space from water seepage and flooding from the increasingly extreme weather here in Canada.
In this article, learn what to do to protect your finished basement, your investment into your property!
With a Basement, Water Damage Is Nearly Inevitable
At first glance, this may seem like an overly strong statement – after all, you haven’t even renovated your new basement yet and already we are predicting water damage?
Yet in fact, the insurance industry has hard data to support this: the most recent statistics indicate that as many as 98 percent of all basements may be impacted by water damage at some point during their useful life.
Here, what you need to understand is that concrete is porous. Concrete is still the most popular basement building material, whether poured or in blocks, and as it dries, it settles and forms little air bubbles and micro-fissures.
Unlike the above-ground portions of your home, your basement will be continuously surrounded by soil. Trapped moisture trying to find a pathway out will naturally be attracted to the concrete fissures in your basement’s walls, ceiling and floor.
Once you understand why and how water will inevitably find its way into your basement and then attempt to move into the space yourself, it becomes a lot easier to make the choice to put a preventive interior basement waterproofing strategy in place!
New-Construction Waterproofing Is the Easiest
When your house is being built, you can actually wrap the preventive interior basement waterproofing treatment in with the construction process itself, saving you time and money.
This way, if you have plans to finish your basement – whether now or later – you will already have established a watertight, moisture-proof space that is ready for use.
An even bigger benefit is that you will be treating your basement before the newly poured or placed concrete has had time to settle further and develop larger cracks.
This means you can simply proceed with interior basement waterproofing rather than having to stop and fix cracks, install wall reinforcement and other necessary repairs.
Choosing interior basement waterproofing also means you don’t have to do anymore extensive exterior excavation around the outside of your new basement that might disturb existing grading, landscaping or drainage systems.
What You Need to Fully Waterproof Your New Basement
There is a lot to be said for simply doing a preventive interior basement waterproofing job right the first time.
Taking this type of proactive approach is likely to both reduce your homeowner’s insurance premium and protect your wallet from unanticipated water damage repairs in the future.
We recommend taking these four steps to ensure your newly finished basement is fully protected against all types of moisture, including humidity and damp, seepage and outright water leaks.
1. Choose the right type of basement insulation
Many homeowners who are new to maintaining a basement space do not realize that basements often require a different type of insulation than the above-ground portions of their home.
This is due to the higher moisture content in basements, which can degrade fiberglass insulation and actually create mould and mildew issues.
We recommend graphite-infused foam basement insulation that not only guards against mould and mildew but also enhances your energy savings.
2. Enhance your home’s existing drainage system
When you add a basement to your home, proper grading, downspouts and drainage become even more important. If you don’t specifically direct water away from your basement, guess where it will try to go?
Adding downspout extensions, window wells and drains, floor drains and other protective drainage options can keep the water flowing smoothly away and downhill from your home and basement.
3. Install a battery backup to your sump pump system
If there is any more important protective appliance than a sump pump system in your basement, we have yet to meet it!
However, if your sump relies on electricity to operate, it is important to consider how you will protect your basement from water damage when the power goes out.
We recommend installing a battery-powered backup sump system for just such times.
4. Apply interior basement waterproofing
Interior basement waterproofing is not the same as a moisture barrier or damp-proofing. It is a full waterproof treatment that will keep water and moisture out of your basement on an ongoing basis.
What to Expect & How Long Will This Take?
If your basement reno is already underway, you likely won’t want to add on anymore time to your project.
We have good news here. In nearly all cases, our installations take just one to two days and can be done while other aspects of your renovation are also in progress.
Get in Touch
Do you know about our free, no-obligation EasyQuote service?
We will come to you, assess your basement project, talk through waterproofing options, provide you with a free, no-obligation estimate and quote and await your decision – it really is that easy!
Contact us online or give us a call at 1-866-875-6664.