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A Dry Basement Is A Comfortable Basement

Considering the record amounts of rain we’ve been receiving around the city, we thought we’d put together an quick post on ways to flood and leak proof your home. Many homeowners in Toronto are facing some serious basement and flooding damage. We’ve come up with a few tips to prevent future damage.

Identify the Problem

First thing’s first. Identify problem areas on your property that are prone to accumulating water. Note the grading of your lot and any slight angles or hills that facilitate water collecting in particular areas. If your lot  is  prone to collecting pools of water, it may be worth investing in ways to diverts excess water away from the foundation of the home into a water basin or dry-well. Also make sure that your roof is draining away from foundation walls.  

Older Construction Homes

Further, many older homes in Toronto were not built with weeping tiles which is an essential components of a foundation drainage system. Weeping tiles are pipes that are installed below grade, buried under gravel, filter cloth and then soil.   Water that collects in the surrounding soil drains down into the weeping tile pipe, which diverts the water into a storm sewer or sump pump, or into a dry-well (a drywell is generally a wide and deep hole filled with gravel, used to store excess water.) Weeping tile is installed around the perimeter of the foundation of the home.   If your home does not have functioning weeping tile that drains either into storm sewers or a sump pump, you should think about making an investment in having them installed.   And there it is. Remember, adequate drainage is an essential.   It may not seem like much, but it’s weeks like this that will put your home’s drainage systems to the test. Prior to 1980, weeping tiles and sump pumps were not mandatory, so keep an eye out on your drainage especially if you are living in an older home- as there is a chance it has not yet been addressed.   Article posted by:  Dan Kligman,  Walden’s summer intern.