Flood season is here! Read our tips on keeping your buildings dry
April showers bring more than just May flowers; in fact, the entire spring and fall seasons are high-risk times for floods. Water damage can be devastating to residences, resulting in loss of property, health risks and expensive repairs. Housing providers can minimize flood damage or prevent it all together by using our “stay dry” check list.
After rainfall, check your buildings as soon as you can, then check again
Check your properties’ basements/foundation levels after a heavy rain storm or several days of rainfall. Water can take several hours or days to soak up around the foundation. This water stays cool and remains around the foundation continually pushing into the wall foundation and basement flooring.
Look for evidence of leaks
Keep an eye out for moisture or water stains on the walls and flooring. A strong musty or moldy smell behind finished walls can indicate a slow leak through cracked drywall.
Don’t wait to repair damage
If you notice leaks in a wall or floor, contact a professional repair company to view, access, and provide a quote as soon as possible. The longer you wait the more likely it can advance into a structural repair, including mold infestation on or behind finished walls.
Make sure your sump pump is up to the task
If your residences are equipped with sump pumps, they should be checked as part of your maintenance cycle. Most last about 10-15 years and can start to wear out as they near the end of their lifespan. With ground water levels changing drastically in recent years, sump pumps may be required in properties that didn’t need them before. An inspection can help you determine if you should consider having them installed.
Save money by making exterior or interior repairs before heavy rain
There are usually two types of repairs required to stop basements from leaking. An exterior repair is the best way to prevent water from getting into basements, however, it is not always possible to access the required spaces in all properties.
A second option is to repair internally. While this is usually a less expensive repair, often some flooring and walls will have to be dismantled and rebuilt after the work is completed.
Both types of repairs are available from RCC Waterproofing and Foundation Repairs.
RCC Waterproofing and Foundation Repairs has been servicing Ontario customers for 96 years. Their repairs have outlived lifetime warranties by at least two times. The company provides professionally trained sales representatives to view, access and quote on repairs. The installers are employees of RCC and most have long term working relationships. RCC carries full insurance including WSIB coverage and HST registration.
RCC Waterproofing offers:
- 24 hour emergency services for Ontario residences
- Fully trained technical sales representatives to view, access and quote the repair
- 96 years of third-generation family success both in products and services, and superb warranty
- Full service options, providing either exterior or interior repairs depending on issues, location and structure
A successful record of servicing over 75,000 customers
To learn more, contact RCC Waterproofing toll free at 1-888-766-0212, or visit www.rccwaterproofing.com.