Basements can be notorious for being dank, humid places, but don’t take the moisture as an ordinary sign – it can mean an issue exists that could affect the integrity of your entire house. From foundation shifting to hazardous mould, basement moisture can be a sign of a lot of different problems. What causes basement…

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To the average person, plumbers and drainage contractors sound like similar professions. The thing about water issues is that not all of the causes and solutions are the same – as such, the two jobs are different, too! Here’s when you should call a plumber and when you should call a drainage contractor.

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Excess water in the basement is the biggest cause of mold growth, but the moisture may be in hard-to-see parts of this below-ground level. One way most homeowners first detect mold with their nose – the odors of mold can be easily detected. How can you pick out mold from ordinary home aromas?

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Soil surrounding your homes’ foundation can contain a lot of moisture, and the force of this waterlogged soil is called hydrostatic pressure. It’s one of the leading causes of basement drainage issues. It is the force behind leaks, cracks, and even the bowing of the foundation, but with the proper protection, you can prevent these…

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Winter is just around the corner, and it’s time to think about preparing your home for the cold weather. You’ve checked the insulation, your HVAC system, the sealing around your windows and doors – but did you remember the window wells?

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Waterproofing and drainage problems are not always easy to spot. When these issues are small, they can be almost imperceptible; it isn’t until they become large that the average homeowner notices – think flooded basements, water spots on walls, and damaged items.  A professional, visual inspection can detect these problems before they cause extensive (and…

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Water isn’t immune to gravity: it always moves to the lowest point. On many properties, that can be the ground around a home. When heavy rains fall or snow begins to melt, all that water can flow through the soil and right up to the foundation walls. One of the ways to stop this water…

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Bags filled with sand and soil often make emergency floodwalls and rough shelters like military bunkers. But the same idea is becoming more popular among DIYers looking for natural building materials. A sturdy process known as “earthbag construction” is the preferred solution! Earthbag construction is getting a lot of attention as a low-cost, low-impact, durable…

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Window wells are a small but important part of protecting the inside of your basement. If water is leaking in from your windows, the problem might be with the window well – or lack thereof. If you don’t have wells around your basement windows, what’s the cost of having them installed? A lot less than…

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Foundation walls that are under pressure and buckling inwards can severely impact the rest of your home. Floors can slope, windows and doors will lean, and cracks can form around seals and on the upper floors. Even a slight lean can cause major problems! When you notice a foundation wall showing the signs of cracking,…

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