4 Ways to Know Your Basement Isn’t Waterproofed

WaterProofing Toronto

You may think that no part of your house is waterproofed, but there are actually companies that specialize in basement waterproofing service. Basements are extremely susceptible to water damage because of their location, and homeowners in the Toronto area may have issues with water damages – costing them thousands of dollars. You may be curious to know whether or not your basement is waterproof, or if it’s close to suffering from water damage. In this article, we’ll show you a few signs to alert you if your basement is in good condition or if you need to call a professional.

  1. Efflorescence – You might not have heard of this word before, but typically, when your basement isn’t waterproof, you’ll see a lot of this. The aforementioned is a type of grey powder on the floor of the basement or a whitish coloring on the walls. If you see this within your home, and most importantly, your basement, this means that there’s water coming through and making some sort of contact. This coloration is essentially a salt deposit being left on these surfaces.
  2. Mildew and mold – It’s no secret that mold and mildew are obvious signs that your basement isn’t waterproof, but some don’t realize that the musty smell is because of mold and mildew. If you walk into your basement and you can smell that prominent odor of must, this means that there are mold spores in the air. If you want to make sure your basement is waterproofed and doesn’t suffer any more damage, call a professional immediately. It’s worth mentioning that when there is a presence of mold or mildew, that means there is water damage of some sort indefinitely. Without, there wouldn’t be any mold, since it’s activated through moisture.
  3. Wall flaking – Because of mold and mildew, the structural integrity of the walls begins to diminish. When this occurs in your basement, it’s called “spalling” and typically happens to walls that are composed of brick. If this process goes on too long, the wall will eventually need to be replaced entirely.
  4. Patches or stains – If you look around the ceiling, floor, or wall of your basement and you see brownish outlines or stains, you most definitely have a leak present, or one that has dried up. If this occurs, you know your basement isn’t waterproofed automatically. You may see stains of some sort in other areas of your home as well, but this usually isn’t tied to your basement – i.e. a stain on the ceiling of your second floor; however, you should get this looked into so it doesn’t travel to your basement eventually through the walls or other pipes in your home.

You might be in search of a solution that will mediate all of the above, but truth is, you should seek a professional to help pinpoint where the water leak is coming from, and if it’s caused any damages elsewhere in your basement and most importantly, the rest of your home. When the structural integrity of the basement walls and ceilings aren’t as great as they should be, the foundation and entire home are threatened.

Many companies offer services like foundation waterproofing, basement mold treatment, humidity control and moisture control, foundation repair, and even basement wall repair to maintain the integrity of your home without having to replace the areas of your basement that haven’t been affected. Hiring the best Toronto waterproofing contractor can make sure you’ll save money while ensuring that your home is safe for your family. One small leak can mean bad news if you let it go on for too long.

Product Review: Shark Cordless All Surface Power Sweeper

Shark Cordless All Surface Power Sweeper

I have recently discovered that being a neat freak and having a newborn baby can result in a stressful situation. Between changing diapers, preparing bottles and trying to catch some much needed shut eye, I struggle to keep my home tidy; a task that nowadays seems virtually impossible. As every parent knows, it’s not easy to run a household. I barely have time to brush my teeth much less pull out a bulky vacuum cleaner to tackle my neglected floors. That’s why I recently purchased a Shark Cordless All Surface Power Sweeper.

The motorized Shark is an ideal alternative to a loud and heavy vacuum cleaner and is excellent for picking up crumbs, lint and more. The Shark Sweeper is sleek and light, weighing jus a few pounds. Its long neck swivels in all directions making cleaning under tables and other furniture a breeze. The Shark Cordless Sweeper is easy to maneuver and can be used on carpet, tile and hardwood floors. It picks up everything from dog hair to dust bunnies. And the Shark conveniently transforms into a hand held cleaner for vacuuming stairs and upholstery. It sure beats lugging my regular vacuum up and down my basement stairs and its quiet hum won’t wake up the little one.

I purchased my Shark at Target for just $29.99. It comes in several pieces and is a snap to assemble. In fact, I put mine together in less than ten minutes. Once the components are constructed, you must charge your Shark for a full twenty hours before using it. The Shark’s effectiveness will reach its peak after two or three charges and discharges.

Once the Shark is fully charged it’s not difficult to utilize or maintain. An on-off switch can be activated with your foot as can a handle release to steer the Shark with ease. And a dust container pulls out effortlessly and should be emptied after each use. It’s also a good idea to remove any excess hair or lint from the brush cover along the front of the Shark every so often.

The Shark Cordless All Surface Power Sweeper is the answer to my neat freak prayers especially when I need to quickly clean up for guests. In about ten minutes I can “sweep” the entire upper level of my home and the Shark is so compact that it fits neatly in a corner or a closet. On a recent trip to a local restaurant (Buffalo Wild Wings) I noticed the waitress using the Shark on the eatery’s carpet. So, apparently the Shark is great for commercial use as well!

I love my Shark and I have a feeling I am going to get even more use out of it once my infant enters the toddler stage.

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