When you find water on your basement floor then it’s time for you to get your house walls tested. It is better to know about leakage detection and prevention. It is usually a bit difficult to locate the source of leakage quickly, as it can be anywhere in the house.
Leakage mainly occurs due to poor building foundation or infrastructure, old age of buildings, meager plumbing services, condensation or water seepage. In case, the leakage is due to poor water facilities, call professionals for proper installation of Toronto water service in your house.
How to find leakage
Inspect your basement and its walls thoroughly, so that you can search for signs of damage and identify them. Cracks, usually present at top or bottom sides of a wall are the main doorways for water. They may be either small or noticeable, so make sure to use a light source such as flashlight to search for them. There is a test, which consists of using foils to determine the nature of leakage.
You simply have to tape a piece of foil to any portion of the wall and leave it there like that for few days. The position of moisture (if any) present on the foil will determine the nature of leakage.
If it is present inside the foil, then it is due to seepage and represents leakage.
The moisture present at the foil’s front shows condensation, which can be eliminated by using a dehumidifier.
If there is a leakage, then white deposits and dampness can be found on your walls. You can find them, once you discover cracks, as they are located near these deposits.
Effects of leakage
Paints of the walls start peeling off due to water leakages. Also, mold and mildew are formed on the spots of the walls, basement, ceiling and foundation, from where water leaks. Leakage also affects floor tiles and they start to rise due to pressure or begin to rust.
How to handle them
Here are some tips for you to guide what to do under such circumstances:
Put splash blocks below the downspouts and create a way, which makes the water to go away from your house building.
Make sure that your underground pipes are not broken or clogged with dirt. If they don’t work properly and water does not drain, get them replaced.
You can also re-waterproof your basement, if you are willing to put up with your expenses.
You can also prevent leakages by repairing or installing the drainpipes inside your walls.
If there is only a minor leakage, you can use hydraulic cement to fix the spot from where water is leaking.
One of the best ways to prevent leakages nowadays is to use the vinyl or poly vinyl chloride where the leaking water is directed towards the sump pump.
The other causes of leakages include continuously running toilet in your bathroom or water outflow from pipe joints. If you have problems in handling water leakage on your own, you can ask for a professional’s help. They have the expertise and knowledge to manage and solve your situation effectively.