Because your home is usually one of the biggest investments an individual will make during his or her lifetime, it stands to reason that protecting that investment is a pretty big priority to most. Canadian weather can be pretty harsh. If you’re interested in waterproofing your basement against the unpredictable elements Mother Nature has in store for you this year, Ingratta Cement & Drainage Inc. has you covered. We provide effective waterproofing for Windsor and Essex County residents just like you. We repair cracks in walls, as well as your ceilings and floors, and insert protective wall membranes to allow for internal waterproofing.
The Difference between Interior and Exterior Waterproofing
Exterior waterproofing is the first and the foremost defence against water and consists of gutters and downspouts that collect water and lead it away from your residence. This is why it is very important to always keep your gutters clean. Another important aspect of exterior waterproofing comprises of a waterproof membrane, which is installed around the foundation of your home to lock the moisture in such a way that the concrete doesn’t absorb, crack, or allow leaks. After this comes the exterior drainage system. This system can call for some work, as it requires excavation along the foundation of the home.
Drain tiles are installed on the trench around the home, enclosed by gravel and then the entire system is concealed with soil. The drain tiles will now carry water away from the foundation before it has a chance to cause seepage or enter the basement. Although this method does involve the excavation process, it can be well worth it. Exterior waterproofing is very expensive when compared to interior waterproofing, as it requires excess work and more material, but it efficiently seals water from getting close to the foundation of your home. When your foundation remains dry, it doesn’t get weak or damaged and won’t crack and allow water leaks inside your basement or your home. In turn, a costly exterior waterproofing system ends up being reasonable, as it saves you money in the end.
Interior waterproofing restricts water from leaking into the basement and re-routes away from the home. These interior drainage systems are exclusively made up of pipes and drains, which arrest leaks or are installed under the foundation to collect excess groundwater. This excess water is redirected to a sump pit, which is basically a large tank that stores water in your basement. A sump pump is a water pump that sits inside the sump pit, pumps water out of the basement and away from your home. Commonly, sump pumps start pumping water automatically when water reaches a certain level in the sump pit. Most of the sump pumps come with a back-up battery in order to support during power cuts or a severe storm.
Interior and exterior waterproofing both have their advantages and disadvantages. Ingratta Cement and Drainage Inc specializes in exterior waterproofing, unless the area is inaccessible from the exterior. Interior waterproofing can only be used to eliminate water that has already accumulated in your basement. Therefore, they are not effective at sealing water from getting into the basement. Exterior waterproofing, when compared to interior waterproofing, can be expensive, but it keeps water at bay and does not let it enter your foundation and will not allow the water to get inside your home or into your basement. If you have any queries or doubts about waterproofing methods, or if you opt to choose exterior waterproofing for your home, get in touch with the experts at Ingratta Cement and Drainage Inc. for more information.
Prevent Mould by Waterproofing Your Home
Another thing waterproofing helps you prevent: mould. Over time, flooding and leaks can cause the right conditions for mould to grow and colonize. Mould not only looks nasty, but it can also have some serious health risks because it creates allergens in your environment, which can in turn cause allergic reactions among your home’s occupants. And once mould has become an issue, you’ll probably end up spending more money to have a professional mould remediation company come in and rid your house of the mould. All costs that you likely could have avoided by effectively waterproofing your home in the first place.
Get a Waterproofing Estimate in Windsor
Whether you live in an older or newer home, water leaks in your basement’s foundation can cause more extensive damages to your walls, floors and ceilings over time. Should you need waterproofing in the Windsor area, call Ingratta Cement & Drainage Inc. to request a free estimate or to schedule an appointment for service. Wet basement repairs and waterproofing are but one of our many specialties! Whether your basement is already leaking or you’re pre-emptively adding an extra layer of protection for your peace of mind before you refinish your basement, don’t hesitate to give us a call and find out why we have so many satisfied clients for yourself.