Wet basement is a complex problem
Without waterproofing, the problems are inevitable — just because the concrete basement structure is vulnerable to water’s degrading effects by design. That’s why every season Kitchener suffers from the same issues that the whole Greater Toronto Area does:
- Frequent and heavy rainfalls;
- Snowy winters with extreme temperature changes;
- Melting snow and rising groundwater.
According to the Kitchener Fire Department, the proximity to the Grand River puts Kitchener under an extra risk of flooding. It’s not a maintenance issue and not your fault. It’s just how basements work.
Waterproofing is the ultimate solution
We know that wet basement, foundation cracks and dangerously high humidity are common issues that residents of the Kitchener area have to face. You can’t fight the weather and the groundwater itself, but you can protect your basement from the consequences of water’s degrading effects:
- Exterior waterproofing to stop the water;
- Interior solution to channel the water away;
- Cracks repair and epoxy injections to restore the foundation.
Willfix experts are ready to commit and help you with any basement waterproofing job in Kitchener, whether it’s an interior or exterior solution, or just a crack repair.
In case you’re looking for the best quality for a fair price — the Willfix team is ready to commit and help you with any wet basement issues. We understand that you wouldn’t trust a complete stranger with your basement safety, your family’s health, and your comfort. Here are a few facts about us so we don’t feel like a stranger anymore:
YEARS OF EXPERIENCE
EXPERTS IN THE TEAM
Certified & Licensed Professionals
Our team has all the necessary certification, including a plumbing license and a certified Structural Engineer. We’ll be happy to provide all the documents on demand.
Fully insured and protected for projects
We value safety and efficiency above all. You can rest assured that even in the worst cases you’re covered: WSIB certification for your project can always be provided upon request.
Free, clear, and written estimates
We stand for our word. Willfix experts will evaluate and estimate the project and give you a written, official registry — so that no extra expenses can ever occur.
We raise the quality, not the price tag
We can drain your basement — but not your wallet. You can choose the materials, the technology, and review the whole process. Our job is to make sure you get the best quality for a fair price.
Get the solution that suits your unique case. From crack injections to exterior basement waterproofing — we’ll find and implement the best technology for your unique situation.
We treat every basement like our own
We understand the struggles a wet basement or a leak may cause. In all our projects, we aim at the same targets as you do: to solve the problem fast, keep the solution efficient, with the technology you can trust.
Exterior Basement Waterproofing
Exterior basement waterproofing is the way to protect your foundation from the outside. We expose the basement walls, cover them with multiple extra waterproof material layers, and install a new drainage system.
Willfix experts use the best available materials, such as AquaBloc membrane, to protect your basement from the water’s degrading effects.
Interior Basement Waterproofing
Interior basement waterproofing does not stop water, but channels it away from your foundation walls. The drainage system and the weeping tile are installed inside your basement and sealed with high-quality concrete, so no leaks will ever occur where they shouldn’t.
Depending on your foundation structure, we might need to release the excess water from the hollow walls or install a sump pump. Our experts will offer you the best solution for your case.
Every foundation has its expiration date. Most of them tend to leak every 10-15 years because of Toronto’s climate and rainfalls. Willfix’s team of professionals can help you identify the issue and eliminate any problems with the foundation’s structure — even in the toughest cases.
Foundation repair is vital every 10-15 years. Microcracks are barely notable at first sight but may quickly lead to a dangerous increase in humidity and toxic mold growth.
Basement crack repair
Every tiny crack has big potential — and it can grow faster than you expect. In 20 years of experience, the Willfix team has seen all types of basement cracks, from the tiniest to enormous ½ inch slits. We’re ready to offer the best solution to each type of them:
It might be a temporary solution or a sufficient repair to restore your basement structure's main functions — safely supporting the house and keeping the water out.
Lowering the floor of your basement with no loss in structural soundness and no plumbing or waterproofing issues might be a challenging task, but Willfix experts are ready to commit. Our team has a certified engineer to help you with the drawings, all the tech, and necessary permits.
Basement underpinning requires more specialized tools, machinery, and skilled work than waterproofing, but the final result is probably the best that can happen to your home.
Why You Need Basement Waterproofing in Kitchener
No basement is safe from constant water exposure’s degrading and eroding effects. A wet basement is a full-scale health concern that elevates the risks for you and your family. Interior basement waterproofing is your effective line of defense against multiple enemies:
A whole spectrum of insects can inhabit your basement if it has excessive moisture and darkness:
- Earwigs (Dermaptera);
- Centipedes (Chilopoda);
- Millipedes (Diplopoda);
Some insects may spread diseases, and we doubt you’ll feel comfortable sharing a house with them.
Mold is extremely fast-spreading: it may occur in 24-48 hours in the moist area:
- Dark-looking brown mold (Stachybotrys);
- Lighter-looking dry mold (Aspergillus);
- Black mold (Stachybotrys);
There’s nothing good about having mold in your house. The spores easily spread throughout the house and can lead to health issues, like allergies or infections.
“Basement allergy” can be both barely notable and extremely uncomfortable for you:
- Running nose, sneezing, coughing;
- Centipedes (Chilopoda);
- Headache, anaphylaxis, troubled breathing;
A wet basement can be both a trigger for someone’s allergic reaction and the reason for allergy development.
We treat every basement like our own — with the utmost care and highest quality as our top priority
Basement waterproofing is an effective way to increase your comfort while making your basement uninhabitable for bugs or fungus.
In the last 20 years, we performed over a thousand projects all across Toronto. We’re proud of our reputation and always appreciate the kind words from satisfied clients:
What may contribute to mold and wet basement problems in Kitchener?
In Kitchener area, mold and wet basement problems often stem from problems inside the drainage system. These may include clogged or broken water pipes, a broken water softener (softeners are designed to prevent the buildup of calcium in water), or a leaky sump pump.
Another possible cause for mold in Kitchener basements is the buildup of excessive amounts of groundwater. It may occur if the drain field is not well connected to the drain tiles. If this occurs, it may cause watery-looking stains on walls and the floor.
With plumbing problems, you may need to examine the whole system to find the issue. And with the groundwater problem — exterior or interior basement waterproofing are the best way to ensure your basement’s safety and your comfort.
What is condensation, and why is it happening in my basement?
Condensation occurs when water evaporates from liquid form and is then deposited on a surface.
This process occurs when there is a small space between two substances, such as the top and the bottom of an aluminum can. When air from outside enters this space, the water vapour molecules condense on the cooler metal can. The condensed liquid inside evaporates again and leaves more liquid for the air to evaporate. This cycle of evaporation and condensation continues.
Condensation in basements is often the result of seal failures, which happens when there are gaps in your house’s foundation or walls. Water can enter your basement when you have a leaking roof or chimney and through cracks in the concrete foundation and floor systems.
You can’t fight condensation, it’s a natural law of physics, that’s just how water acts. You can, however, get rid of water in your basement, so it can condensate somewhere else, where it won’t damage your basement structure and your belongings. That’s what waterproofing, both exterior and interior, are supposed to do (and what they actually do if the system is properly installed by professionals).
Does basement waterproofing paint work?
Basement waterproofing paint is designed to be a type of barrier that will protect a basement from water damage. It can be found in any construction store in Kitchener, so you’ve probably seen it at least once.
The paint provides the same level of protection as an epoxy sealant, but it won’t offer any structural or load-bearing benefits.
The biggest downside of these paint-like materials is that they can only cover up to 25 square feet per gallon of the product when sprayed and must be applied in a single coat. These limitations have led many contractors to believe that basement waterproofing paint is not cost-effective.
Many still believe that using one of these paints can help provide some extra basement waterproofing coverage. It won’t do any harm, but it’s not self-sufficient and won’t stop the water completely.
What to Expect With Willfix Basement Waterproofing in Kitchener
20 years of service. Over a thousand happy clients and basement waterproofing projects in Toronto. That’s over 50 projects a year. Given that an average basement waterproofing project lasts from several days to multiple weeks, you can guess that we truly love our job.
We might be not the biggest company in the field, don’t have a fleet of branded trucks and fancy uniforms. Willfix approach is different: we treat every basement like our own. All 15 professionals in our team understand the dangers and the stress of basement leaks, and we’re ready to share our expertise to solve the problem.
We know that professional waterproofing is not just a solution: it’s an investment as well. It saves your time and money in the future by preventing leaks, and at the same time — increases the property value. That’s why we don’t subcontract other companies, so you can rest assured that all the work is performed by professionals, at every stage.
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Willfix experts are familiar with the specifics of the Great Toronto Area and have enough experience to deal with any basement waterproofing job in any city. We know that snowy winters, frequent rainfalls, and groundwater management issues are equally damaging to basements and foundation walls of people in all communities.