With so many heavy rains this summer in Toronto, basement flooding has become an epidemic. The rains have spurred so many desperate calls to our office that we have trouble keeping up!. Chances are it involves an overflowing eavestrough and a window well. We can feel their pain of having to shop vac carpets and damage to walls etc.
Water in your basement is a common problem in Toronto. The proximity of one house to another, improperly sloped lots, and malfunctioning eavestroughs are some of the the most common reasons for water entering your foundation. Continue reading “Basement Waterproofing”
1. Keep all downspouts as far away as possible from window wells when designing your new eavestrough system.
2. If a downspout is close to a window well ensure it is fastened together very secure so that it can not fall apart and fill the well with water.
3. If you suspect that there is not proper drainage at the bottom of the well consult a basement waterproofing company to inspect. There should be a drain at the bottom to take water away so it does not enter your basement.
As shown in the picture below, the downspout drains near the window well. It’s very likely that water flows into this window well from this downspout. This window well is in obvious need of attention. A temporary fix would be to add a long extention on the elbow to get the water farther from the basement window.
Have a home in Scarborough, North York or other areas in or near Toronto and need help with rainwater management? Visit http://www.eavestrough.ca/ or call us at 416 615 0443 for a free estimate for your eavestrough and leafguard project. We are experts in Toronto eavestrough.
If you have a downspout that looks like this one you might want to give some serious consideration.
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