Shrinkage, Settlement, and Frost Heave

March 13th, 2018

Basement cracks in your home can be a result of shrinkage, settlement, and frost heave. There are certain areas that are more likely to develop cracks due to shrinkage, such as around doors or other sharp corners. Cracks can occur in basement floors when the concrete slab begins to settle, often due to the weight of your home compressing the soil underneath. This is common in newly built homes. When soil freezes and thaws, it causes an expansion then a shift underneath your foundation (frost heave). Like settling, this movement causes your concrete to also shift and that leads to cracks.

Basement cracks repair is essential to avoid any unwanted leaks or pests to invade your home. Basement cracks repair in Barrie is often necessary in new homes because so many changes occur to the ground and foundation during that first year after the home is built.

Basement cracks often require waterproofing services in Barrie. Waterproofing is so important to protect your home against unwanted problems. Waterproofing services in Barrie make a significant difference tofrost heave image living in a home with a basement free of water damage, leaks, mould, and the like.

Although we can’t control the impact of shrinkage, settlement, and frost heave all due to changing temperatures, we can control our ability to fix these problems to prevent further problems in the future.


What is that Smell?

March 7th, 2018

basement mould imageMould produces gasses called microbial volatile organic compounds (MVOC). Many of these gasses are odourless but some have a musty odour, the smell typically associated with mould. If you notice a musty odour in your home, you probably have mould growing there, even if you don’t see any mould. Typically, musty odours are found in basements, both unfinished and finished, thus leading to the need for basement mould removal. Basement mould can often be caused by condensation, humidity, leaky pipes, wall cracks, and/or pooling water at the foundation. If you are concerned about any of the preceding issues, it would be best to look into basement repairs in Barrie to avoid any further complications due to mould.

If you have musty smells, walls that feel damp, or if your basement floods with heavy rain, Ontario Wet Basement Solutions can help. Not sure what’s causing your home’s wet basement? Our experts can take a look and create a plan to solve your basement repair needs. We are equipped to provide basement waterproofing services in Barrie. 

We offer many solutions for your home, including sump pumps, basement drainage systems, dehumidifiers, crack repairs, vapour barriers, and more. Our experts visit your home to assess and create the right course of action appropriate to your specific basement waterproofing needs be it basement mould removal or basement repair.


Check Your Basement! Global Warming is Real

February 22nd, 2018

global warming imageWow! Another thaw in February. There must be some truth to global warming and it’s effect on climate change. Days of mild temperatures and two days of rain have created havoc in many areas across Ontario. Streets have been flooded, fields have turned to ponds, and drainage sewers are working overtime to swallow the steady flow of rain water.

Because of all this rain and unseasonably mild temperatures, it is time to check your sump pumps in Barrie and surrounding areas. Sump pumps are having to work endlessly to compete with the volume of water, especially in low lying areas. If you haven’t checked your sump pumps in Barrie as of yet, it would serve you well to do so immediately!

It’s a really good idea for everyone to check their basements for any evidence of water. Your sump pumps may be functioning well, but nature will always prevail and so water has a way of infiltrating your homes. It’s important to check your home for leaky basements in Gravenhurst, Muskoka, and Collingwood. Water can seep into your basements through foundation cracks or poor drainage around the outside of your home. Leaky basements can lead to some really tough issues with mould and pungent odours, so even in traditional snow belt and colder areas like Gravenhurst, Muskoka, and Collingwood check for leaky basements.


Another Crack in the Wall

February 12th, 2018

another crack in the wall imageIt is always a challenge to maintain a good house because home ownership demands a lot of time and dedication. However, sometimes life gets in the way and we forget to check on things and perhaps take as much care as we should. As a result, things like basements suffer in terms of the creation of mould, cracks, water damage, and foundation leaks.

Sometimes it is important and quite prudent to look to the experts to take care of basement cracks repair, basement waterproofing, and wall waterproofing. Ontario Wet Basement Solutions Inc. are highly skilled to assess and provide solutions for your needs.

Basement cracks repair in Barrie can easily be fixed before greater problems arise. They can be filled to ensure that the cracks do not worsen and allow water to leak through the foundation. Basement waterproofing in Barrie ensures that water leaks do not create further damage to either finished or unfinished areas in your basement. We even take care of wall waterproofing in Barrie, as cracks can form on walls which allows water to seep through and create problems in your basement.


Water Leaks Dampen Your Day

February 6th, 2018

For all those residents in Collingwood it is good to know that poorly maintained crawlspaces can affect the way you live and can have an impact on the value of your home. One way you can prevent this from becoming a problem is by choosing crawl space encapsulation by Ontario Wet Basement Solutions Inc. waterproofing image

Ontario Wet Basement Solutions reaches out to many places, including Collingwood, and they will help you decide if crawl space encapsulation is the right choice for your home. Most of the time, changes can be made that will make crawl space encapsulation possible. There are many benefits to choosing crawl space encapsulation for your home. The basement area will be far less humid, which inhibits the growth of harmful mould, bacteria and mildew.

Another thing to consider is exterior waterproofing in Collingwood which involves excavating all around the house to the full depth of the foundation walls, then installing a waterproof coating topped by drainage panels. The panels provide an easy path for water to flow down to the bottom of your foundation. From there, water flows by gravity — or with the aid of a sump pump — away from your foundation to another part of your property, or into a storm drain. Waterproofing is an integral part of home ownership to avoid any significant problems that may arise.

After checking the interior of your basement, it is important to check the exterior of the home for any possible water sources that may be causing a leaky basement in places like Collingwood. As a homeowner, it is important to examine downspouts and be sure they are pointing away from the foundation in order to avoid seepage into the foundation. It’s also important to clear gutters of debris that may be leading to improper water runoff. Preventative measures like these can prevent leaky basements.


Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

February 2nd, 2018

Baby its cold outside imageFrigid temperatures have hit Ontario!  We are Canadians who take polar plunges and wear sandals in the snow, while the rest of the world marvels at this oddity. It’s great to be Canadian. It’s great to enjoy the snow and endure the cold temperatures because it just makes us stronger. However, these cold temperatures can lead to some real problems in our home; anything from leaky and wet basements to wall cracks.

Lake effects and snow belt areas can create some significant temperature changes that can cause pipes to leak or freeze and burst, or foundations to become susceptible to the harsh conditions. Leaky basements can happen in places like Lake of Bays and to homes in the Georgian Bay area. Wall crack repairs in Wasaga Beach may be needed after or during this cold winter. And wet basements may become a problem in places like Kincardine, Georgina, Parry Sound, Scugog, and Penetanguishene. 

All across Ontario, residents tend to hibernate during the exceptionally cold days and nights. It is important to seize the opportunity to check for wall cracks, leaky basements, and wet basements. Taking a quick 5 minutes to check things out in your basement can help you to catch problems early, before they worsen.


Don’t Get Caught in the January Thaw!

January 24th, 2018

Winter conditions in Ontario are extreme ranging from -25 degree frigid cold temperatures to significant snowfall accumulations. What is also predictable in Ontario is the annual January thaw. It doesn’t usually last for long, but for a short time it relieves us of the bitter january thaw imagecold and countless hours of snow shovelling. During this time, we must all be mindful of how above average temperatures impact our homes.

Melting snow often pushes the excess moisture right into our foundations causing a need for leaky basement repair in places like Muskoka. This leaky basement repair in Muskoka can often go unnoticed because we don’t always check for leaks and excess moisture in our basements.

Collingwood is not impervious to the January thaw either. As you think about hitting the slopes after the next snowfall, mould could be growing in your basement as a result of dampness caused by leaks. It is important to check if you’re a resident in Collingwood for basement mould removal. Mould removal is important to avoid any unwanted odours or health issues.

Barrie residents should consistently check that their sump pumps are in good working order. Barrie sump pumps are crucial to ensure that water is pumped out of the house. A malfunctioning sump pump in Barrie can cause problems like water damage and mould build-up, so take a moment to visit your basement to ensure that everything is in working order. Don’t get caught in the January thaw!


Happy Holidays and No Leaky Basements

December 22nd, 2017

As homeowners there is little that is worse than having a flood or simply a leaky basement. What is even worse though is when you wake up to a leaky, wet basement over the holiday season. It’s Murphy’s Law…. what

happy holidays and avoid leaky basements

can go wrong will go wrong at the least inopportune moments. To add even more problems, leaks and floods often occur in hidden places like crawlspaces and furnace rooms; places that you don’t tend to visit very often.

For all you homeowners in Barrie, Collingwood, Muskoka Lakes, Midland, and Bobcaygeon protect yourself against unwanted problems in your home, especially around this time of year. Protect yourself against the power of snowstorms, ice and unexpected melting which can lead to significant leaks and wet basements. Ontario Wet Basement Solutions are available throughout the year to assess and fix your problems, regardless of the weather conditions. The priority is to repair your crawlspaces, leaky basements, and wet basements.



The Fight Against Mother Nature

November 20th, 2017

If you’re looking for basement waterproofing solutions in Barrie look no further than Ontario Wet Basement Solutions Inc. as we have the tools and expertise to assess, correct and solve your water issues.


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We have wet basement solutions in Barrie in response to the power of mother nature. Water will always take the path of least resistance, and often this path leads to an unwanted pool of water in your basement.

Foundation cracks can allow water to seep into your basement and create a specific need for foundation crack repairs in Barrie. Foundation cracks usually run vertically down the wall in your basement and spread due to the severity of the water damage.

Foundation crack repairs Barrie can be part of the basement waterproofing solutions in Barrie. These wet basement solutions Barrie can be solved either internally or externally. The foundation cracks can be filled to stop and prevent further and future water damage.

Ontario Wet Basement Solutions Inc. is the answer for basement waterproofing solutions, wet basement solutions, and foundation crack repairs in Barrie.

Ontario Wet Basement Solutions Inc. is your biggest defence against the power of mother nature.


Pump It Up!

November 13th, 2017

Pump It Up!

A home with a wet basement creates countless headaches for any homeowner. If you should ever decide to sell your home, it becomes much more difficult to sell because a wet basement is a serious red flag that deters prospective buyers. With our experts at Ontario Wet Basement you can count on experienced and knowledgeable waterproofers, who install sump pumps and basement waterproofing systems in Barrie every day.

Sump DiagramTruly, your sump pump (or installing a sump pump) is your main line of defense
against a basement flood. If your sump pump system is not powerful or reliable
then you run the risk of having a wet basement or an unexpected and unwanted
flood. A dry basement and a fully operational sump pump system provides every
homeowner with peace of mind. If you haven’t checked your sump pump lately,
it’s a good idea to take a minute to test it out to ensure that it is in proper working
so that you don’t get caught in a damp situation.

Installing a sump pump and waterproofing system is the most effective way to
keep a basement dry – and keep it dry all the time. Sump pumps are most
effective at removing water from under your basement floor when located in the
lowest spot of the floor. Water will travel and pool to the lowest parts of an area,
and so it makes good sense for sump pumps to exist in this area of your basement.

Like any other mechanical appliance in your home, your sump pump system should have annual service & maintenance to be sure it is working at peak performance in your home. Your sump pump consists of many moving parts that can wear down or need replacement and we are here to help solve any problems. A trained service technician from Ontario Wet Basement will ensure that your system in Barrie is in efficient and working order.


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