How to Detect a Basement Water Leak

For many Victoria BC homeowners, a home with a basement is a bonus that provides versatile added square footage. Some envision a home workshop, a playroom, guest bedroom, “man cave” or simply extra storage. Nothing can spoil your enjoyment of this space like stepping onto a squishy carpet one day or noticing a puddle forming at the foot of the stairs. Finding a leak in an unfinished basement is much easier than in your finished basement, where it could be hidden behind drywall or resilient flooring.

Finding a leak in a finished basement

The spot where you discovered water accumulation is likely nowhere near the place where the water entered the basement. With a poured concrete basement the most common crack site will be in a non structural wall. The following pointers will help you look for cracks:

  • Take note of where the water was first spotted
  • Inspect that part of the home’s foundation that is visible on exterior walls
  • If the top is buried, remove soil to get a better look (you may want to consider landscaping)
  • Any cracks should be visible from the outside, run vertical and be narrow (less than ⅛ inch)
  • Don’t assume you only have one crack, so continue with your thorough inspection
  • Don’t mistake the vertical form lines which are molded into the concrete with the wooden forms used when the concrete was poured.

Should your inspection fail to turn up any obvious reason for water in your basement, you may want to call in a perimeter drain contractor. The source of your leak could be the exterior drain tile, water proof membrane, or something else. Wet Coast Drainage Solutions has the experience in Victoria to get to the bottom of your wet basement. Don’t delay, call us today!

5 Questions to Ask a Victoria Basement Waterproofing Contractor

Hiring a waterproofing contractor in Victoria BC can be difficult. Here are 5 questions you can ask them to ensure you’re making a sound decision.

#1 May I see your license and insurance certificate

As with anyone you allow into your home to do work, always ask to see their info. If they don’t have insurance, you’re liable for injuries. A license, although it doesn’t ensure they’ll do a great job,  is a factor to making sure they are accredited.

#2 How much experience do you have waterproofing in Victoria BC?

And yes, get specific about the location! We have such a moist climate- someone who has been waterproofing in Edmonton isn’t going to have the same knowledge as a contractor who has thirty years in Victoria.

#3 May I have a few references?

Get references and call them. Important to note is when the work was done. Especially with waterproofing in Victoria. If the work was done a couple months ago it doesn’t really give an indication of how long it will last. Look for references that are at least a few years old.

#4 What repair solution do you propose and why will it fix my moisture problems?

This step requires you to do a little homework. Research waterproofing and perimeter drains Victoria and see what answers you come up with. If your contractor proposes a different solution be sure to discuss it with them. Make sure you understand the issue and proposed solution before going ahead with any work.

#5 Describe the Work in Detail

Get a really good idea of what they will be doing. Ask for specifics and details. For example, if they’re digging ask how deep, how wide and how long. What type of materials will they be using and how does that fit with the research you’ve done. What quality are the materials? With most things, you get what you pay for. If your contractor cheaps out on product and then charges you top dollar, it could make for a disaster.

We offer waterproofing and drainage solutions in Victoria BC. Contact us to learn more about our services.