Home buying in Toronto and GTA can be a time-consuming and often costly venture. But with home ownership comes pride, the feeling of accomplishment, and security. Moreover, home ownership has its advantages as a cost-effective means of living, with the opportunity for investment and future gain as many homeowners are able to sell their homes for more than what they paid. But, in order to reap a greater reward in Toronto’s growing housing market it is becoming more and more important that homeowners invest in maintaining and updating their homes through quality construction and repairs.
Though most family homes in Toronto have a basement, a surprisingly small amount of homeowners actually invest as much time and money in their basements as they do in other areas of their home. Often overlooked in terms of the value and space they add to a family home, few homeowners realize the benefits of a well-maintained and waterproofed basement.
Basement Waterproofing is an essential component of any strong basement. Regardless of its construction no foundation is completely resistant to the harsh weather, cold earth, and moist soil. Nature’s elements thus have the potential to weaken the foundation of your home over time, making the basement waterproofing is crucial to the protection of your home.
Common materials used in building a home’s foundation are cement and cinder blocks, as few others are sturdy enough to support the weight of an entire house. However, such materials are not without their faults and are often susceptible to water damage. Water damage occurs when moisture from rain and snow seeps into the walls of your basement. Eventually the earth around your home’s foundation can fill with water, causing the foundation to shift while gradually deteriorating and weakening.
This deterioration of your home’s foundation can cause it to become unstable and unable to properly support the weight of your house over time. At the same time, the groundwater that is absorbed by your basement walls creates hydrostatic pressure, which can eventually cause the walls to crack and break-down. Repairing these types of damage to your home’s foundations and basements can be quite expensive, not to mention stressful and worrisome.
Protecting your home from water damage is therefore of the utmost importance. By combining a high-quality drainage and waterproofing system you can ensure the longevity of your home and its foundation. Furthermore, investing in waterproofing your basement is an excellent opportunity and means by which many homeowners add value to their homes as home buyers prefer to buy homes that are up-to date.
In a big city like Toronto, contractors claiming to specialize in basement waterproofing are a dime a dozen. It is therefore essential that you hire a reputable and licensed contractor to install your basement waterproofing system. Although investing in a high-quality waterproofing service might have larger upfront costs, it will prove to be worth it in the long run as you will avoid potentially costly and frequent repairs in the future, while being afforded the peace of mind in knowing that your home is protected from the elements that threaten it.