Basement Waterproofing FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions​ On

Waterproofing & Home Renovations

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What you need to know before making decision on renovating your property

Basement Waterproofing FAQs

Most frequent questions and answers on waterproofing

Waterproofing is an essential safety component every home owners should take very seriously if you want to avoid ground water from building up in the soil and destroy your home foundation without notice. The hydrostatic pressure caused by the soil can force water in through crack openings, which can cause a serious structural damage and that includes mold, decay and moisture-build up.

✓ The first thing to do is to conduct simple housekeeping regardless of the season, in fall, remove debris from storm drains and bag withered leaves safely. This is essential to help declutter and drain excess rain and prevent groundwater from seeping into the walls of a foundation.

✓ The landscaping structure of your property also play a vital role in the direction the water takes, ensure you have also have a regular inspection conducted around foundation to ensure no cracks or opening present allowing periodical moisture infiltration , 

✓ Install a sewer or sump pump in the basement to remove water that has been accumulated in water-collecting basin. In order to do this, you need an effective basement waterproofing system.

✓ Check window covers and horizontal walls for pre-existing opening and cracks respectively.

✓ Safer option is to call a professional for permanent fix in the cracks immediately if need arise.

The cost of fixing leaky basement depends on the size or nature of the cracks and other variables such as the materials. So average homeowners will spend from $550 in repairing a minor cracks or openings to spending over $6,000 in fixing a larger foundation crack problems.

The price variables are dependent on the type of cracks, for instance, if you have a mild crack in your foundation. Expect to spend between $200 and $900 a leaky basement cut deeper into your account between $2000 and $6000

Interior waterproofing usually require the use of sealants and the durability and quality of this material can make a bid difference in keeping humidity levels very low, preventing moisture build-up. Durability in terms of materials used to fulfil its intended duty for the whole design life and maintenance.

Most frequent questions and answers on foundation repairs

All concrete regardless of the strength of material contains micro-cracks or collective packed of tiny pore structure which do no adversely affect the performance of the concrete. Unfortunately, as time passes by, micro-cracks deteriorate into macro-cracks due to excessive stress and shrinkage. The shrinkage cracks which is due to a high water/cement ratio lead to the development of cracks in foundation and care should be taken in fixing this immediately.

Deterioration of foundation concrete are caused by physical impact, abrasion, frost, thermal shock, and high-velocity water flow. A chemical impact also play a crushing role such as reaction between the alkaline in the hydrating cement and alkali-silica reaction during the chemical process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Most frequent questions and answers

The most important things to do is to have your plan in place, set your desired outcome according to your time and money and decide what you want and prioritize how this should be accomplished. This is a crucial, we as home renovation specialist always advice home owners to consider.

We specialize in both interior and exterior home renovating and remodeling services which include repairing of floors, repairing of damaged floors, floor lamination, basement waterproofing, French drain system, crack injections, foundation repairs, plaster repair, crawl space, house jacking, complete home renovations, leaky basement, and house remodeling

The length of completion of French drain project may vary depending on how complex or simple the problem is. However, it generally takes us an average of 5 days to complete this type of task.

French drain system

Floor coverings wear and tear out faster than other interior surfaces due to scratches and cracks in grouted tile joints allowing moisture to get into the floors underpinnings. Professional can fix squeaks, a broken stair tread, damaged baseboard and trim with the right tool and techniques in place.

Floor squeaks when floorboards rub against each other or against the nails that connect them to the subfloor. So if the area of your floor is soft or excessively squeaky, inspect the framing and the foundation supporting the floor. To fix this annoying noise, specialist would need to install joist with X-bridging every 6 feet to stiffen and help silence a noisy floor.

Renovating your home cost may vary depending on what section or part of your property needs to be repaired, maintained or refurbish. However, renovating with good planning and time can help reduce the stress and cost of chaos if handled by professionals and especially an expert who is insured and bonded like us.

The materials and method we use on cracks depends on the location and size of the crack. For small cracks (less than a quarter inches wide), we use gray-tinted concrete caulk for quick fix. For permanent solution, we use pourable crack filler or fortified patching elements. And if you have a larger cracks on your property, a fortified sand-mix concrete is used for cracks on horizontal surfaces and hydraulic on vertical surfaces.

Yes all cracks are fixable by Kwaja waterproofing, we first identify the location and size of the crack to ensure we apply the best method and materials. We also determine if the foundation crack is stable or not. As homeowners you could monitor the stability of cracks in foundation over the course of several months, particularly over the fall and spring season to determine if a foundation is stable or unstable.

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✓ Inspect and identify the leak source (crevices, cracks, window)

✓ Dig about 1.8m deep around outside of the house foundation

✓ Pressure wash foundation and let it dry

✓ Patch the cracks with small amount of cement mix into affected areas

✓ Apply waterproofing paint sealant with epoxy to treat the walls.

✓ Install waterproofing membrane

✓ Run drainage pipe around the foundation to collect any underlying ground waters that might be lurking around the wall