Wet basement is a complex problem
After working in the area for 20 years, we know that wet basement issues are pretty common in Toronto. According to the Toronto officials website — the list of possible reasons for that includes:
- Drainage failure;
- Sewer clogging;
- Heavy rainfalls;
- Snow melting.
The core reason is simple: basements are vulnerable to water’s adverse effects by design, rarely made to last over 15 years, and will inevitably leak — sooner or later.
Waterproofing is the ultimate solution
Even understanding the reasons, people still underestimate the consequences of a wet basement. It’s a major threat to multiple aspects of your life, even if it looks like a barely visible crack at first:
- Your health, because of the toxic mold and its spores;
- Your comfort, because of the smell and insects;
- Your budget, because of the decreased home value and damaged belongings.
Willfix experts are ready to commit and help you with any wet basement issues in Toronto, whether it’s an interior or exterior job, 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 Toronto
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:
Why should I care about basement waterproofing in Toronto?
The last thing you want is your basement to flood during the rainy season, which happens in Toronto every year. A flooded basement can be incredibly disruptive, not to mention the cost of repairing it. If you care about the health of your home and your possessions, then you should make sure that your Toronto home has a waterproofed basement.
To really understand why you should care about waterproofing in Toronto, let’s look at what happens when a foundation isn’t solid enough to avoid leaks and water damage.
- First comes mold, which can cause a range of respiratory problems;
- Then there’s the mildew that can settle into drywall and permanently damage your home;
- You start feeling the smell of mold in other areas of your home;
- Your basement walls crack, and water enters through the walls to the inside;
- When you enter the basement to get rid of the damp spots — you notice that the population of insects is growing;
- Some of your belongings that you keep in the basement get damaged;
- You finally decide to fix it all, but a full-scale foundation repair is costly (even though it’s definitely effective);
- Finally, you want to sell your house, but the basement issue significantly decreases the price.
That’s it. Now you either live in a dangerous place (with compromised foundation), pay a lot of money for a full-scale basement repair, or sell it with an extreme loss.
All of it could be prevented with proper maintenance, some epoxy crack injections, and a simple, cost-effective waterproofing. That’s the worst case scenario that would take years of negligence, but it’s still totally possible. That’s why you should care about basement waterproofing.
How to prevent basement water problems before they occur?
Maintenance, attention, and waterproofing are the answer. In order to prevent basement water problems, you need to waterproof your basement walls. You can do this by:
- Installing a french drain and covering the walls from the outside (exterior basement waterproofing);
- Digging a drain and applying water-resistant materials to the inside of your basement walls to channel the water away (interior basement waterproofing);
- Sealing all the cracks and making sure that your foundation’s structural soundness is not compromised (crack repair and foundation repair).
Remember, waterproofing your basement is one of the best things you can do for your home. This will improve its overall condition, keep it smelling fresher longer and increase its resale value.
All of it can be implemented in a DIY style, but it would never guarantee success, unless you’re a specialist yourself. Waterproofing is a complex process that requires experience, skills and a set of commercial-grade tools.
My new home was waterproofed by the construction company just a few years ago, why do I have a wet basement?
Have a look at your developer’s construction log to see if it in fact waterproofed your home while it was still under construction.
Most importantly — look at the materials they’ve used. The market is full of cheap-grade “water-resistant” materials that simply don’t work or last a year or two. Did they use Delta membrane? Aqua-bloc? What was used for the french drain?
The problem is either in cheap materials or in the construction team’s negligence and insufficient experience with waterproofing solutions.
If you don’t have the log anymore or it doesn’t mention waterproofing your basement, then you need someone to come and check it. We have free estimation form for it. It could take a few hours or only a few minutes (depending on the issue), so don’t delay getting someone over for an inspection if you suspect that there might be a problem.
Even if the original waterproofing is failed — you can call Willfix waterproofing team to fix it. It will cost less if the construction team had actually installed at least some parts of the system properly.
What to Expect With Willfix Basement Waterproofing in Toronto
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.