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Why it’s Beneficial to have a Waterproofed Basement in the Winter
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Why it’s Beneficial to have a Waterproofed Basement in the Winter

Many homeowners have experienced some sort of water related damage to their home. This isn’t uncommon, especially during the winter season. The biggest damage is usually seen inside of your home, but the problem may reside on the outside of your home.

To avoid dampness and leaks this winter, it is a good idea to get your basement waterproofed. As the temperature drops and the ice thickens, it’s likely that your home could experience a leak.

Possible Issues

There are many different things that you should look for in order to locate the leak and determine a solution. It is important that you always consult a professional waterproofing contractor for any basement waterproofing issue.


Investigate the problem by checking the exterior of your home. Be sure to check all of the downspouts, gutters, and drainage systems. Check for any cracks and repair them as soon as possible.

Drainage Systems

If there is a drainage problem, it can be fixed by installing a weeping tile system. Weeping tiles redirect water from your home and back into the drainage system. In order to avoid damage to your landscape, you can install an internal drainage system instead of an external system (if applicable).


Installing a sump pump is helpful for removing any water that has accumulated within the water table beneath your basement floor. These pumps will push water outside and away from your home’s interior through a discharge line. 

Crawl Spaces

Another internal problem could be your crawl space being filled with water. You can either install a sump pump, interior drain and/or weeping tile, or even a dehumidifier if there is too much moisture to seal the crawl space.

External Waterproofing

Waterproofing concentrates on corners and seams to prevent gaps or leaks. To prevent any leaks, moisture, or dampness through the process of external waterproofing, a barrier between the water and the soil surrounding your basement and home is created. This will help keep moisture out of the concrete.

Which Waterproofing System Should I Choose?

Basement styles vary from house to house. One solution for one structure may not work for another. All water damage problems differ, so finding the appropriate solution is specific to the job at hand. Depending on if it’s a crack, leak, or level of deterioration of the walls or foundation, the situation needs to be handled with care.


Exterior Primer Only

It is possible to seal your basement walls from leaks using a primer only, this however is a temporary solution.

Crack Injections

If there is any seepage from the walls or floors, the foundation will need extra care and injections (epoxy or polyurethane material) to prevent water or any other liquid substance from getting into your basement. However, keep in mind that this is also only a short-term solution.

Exterior Excavation Waterproofing

To successfully waterproof the exterior of your basement, you must excavate 6 to 8 feet into the foundation wall footer and correct the drainage. This can be done by installing new drainage tiles or a French drain system. To prevent infiltration again, a professional basement waterproofer will apply a membrane or a waterproofing material to the surface of the wall.

Interior Excavation Waterproofing

Interior Excavation waterproofing is the least invasive method. For hydrostatic pressure, the interior drain system (combined with a sump box) can be used to waterproof. For greater effectiveness, the pipes and drainage tiles should have nothing obstructing or clogging them unless there is an access port installed for future maintenance.

Can You Waterproof Your Home in the Winter?

This answer depends on where you live. Since Toronto has a very cold winter filled with wet weather, icy conditions, and lots of snow, it’s a good idea to get your home waterproofed before the frost hits. Although, waterproofing during the winter is absolutely possible, try and protect your basement early to be prepared for the effects of the strong Canadian winter.

Because of the harsh winter, your home’s foundation can expand and contract causing cracks to easily grow and openings to occur where water can easily flow through. In the spring, temperatures rise and thawing begins. Your house will contract and the gaps within the ground and your house will give water the freedom to flow through as well. Therefore it is important to make sure that your house is properly sealed.

Simple things such as installing weeping tile drains, exterior/interior waterproofing, filling non-structural cracks and mounting or replacing pump systems can be completed to prevent the incident of a wet basement during changes in temperature.

Make sure to be prepared for any damages that may occur in and around your home this winter and call an experienced waterproofing contractor to assess the situation and provide a solution that works best for you and your basement.

To have your basement waterproofed, contact G.J. MacRae at (905) 824–2557 for more information and assistance.

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