The Waterproof Your Basement and Save Your Property
Plumbing system in a home or business is designed to be durable and accommodate the millions of gallons and waste that will pass through it for many years. The heart of this plumbing system is located in the basement.
Waterproofing your basement is one way to avoid damage when there is a pipe leak, flood, clogged drain or other water issues. Leaking or flooding requires the advice of a reliable, emergency plumbing company because a small problem may become catastrophic if not taken care of quickly and efficiently.
Problems to spot in a basement:
- Pipe leak
- Water on the floor
- Mould; Mildew
- Sewer backup
- Dank smell
A pipe leak usually becomes visible when you see wet spots on the basement floor or walls. However, this “symptom” can also be caused by condensation so it is important to have an expert check it out, using specific tools not available to the average property owner.
EXCESSIVE WATER ON THE FLOOR
Standing water (or “surface water”) on the floor can be caused by a number of possibilities. This water can run down foundation walls, leaking into the basement and causing structural damage. Surface water can involve backup from a municipal storm sewer system, clogged gutters, storm water back up, a poor foundation drainage system, and other issues.
MILDEW / MOULD
Mildew and/or mould are smelly and ugly; they can also be dangerous. Both mould and mildew cause health problems. Severe allergy reactions, skin or eye irritation, stopped up noses, and wheezing may be experienced by the tenants of a building with mildew and mould. The problem can quickly spread to other parts of the house through ventilation systems and walls. Call a professional when you first notice mildew or mould in your basement or elsewhere in your home.
Condensation is caused by water accumulating in the air and sticking to pipes and/or other metal. It also commonly occurs when laundry is done in a basement. This accumulation of water not only causes drywall damage, bad odours, and mould; it can increase your hydro bills.
Sewer backup is a very serious business. This is often caused by saturated ground or a pipe being clogged with tree roots, grease, or other objects. A plumber needs to be called immediately because this emergency plumbing situation requires major cleanup. A licensed plumber can install backflow preventers to help avoid future problems.
When something goes wrong in your basement, call an expert. Plumbing Authority is proud to offer 24 hour emergency service and have trained professionals can answer your questions and provide a free estimate. When you have a basement problem, give us a call at (647) 992-7473 and we will be happy to discuss your situation.