If you own an older Calgary home, you'll need to protect it from leaks through various waterproofing methods. Here we're not talking about total flood protection, which is something completely different, but rather the normal safeguards that are needed to keep moisture from entering your basement.
Small cracks in the foundation can allow moisture to enter your basement, which can lead to a mold and mildew problem. As well, if they are left unattended for an extended period of time, they could contribute to structural damage. It's important to stay on top of any sign of leaks and you may also just want to get your foundation inspected as a preventative measure if it hasn't been looked at in a long time.
When you call in waterproofing specialists, the first thing they are going to do is excavate the ground around your foundation in order to inspect it. If any problems are noticeable, they will be repaired.
Next, a new system of weeping tiles may need to be installed. This system keeps the moisture in the ground away from your foundation. The walls of the foundation will be thoroughly scrubbed and cleaned and a formula of tar will be applied as a form of protection. A waterproof membrane may also be added, which consists of a plastic sheet, as the final preventative.
If you suspect that you have a leak in your basement, it's important to get it handled quickly. As you have probably already learned, small problems can turn into bigger problems very quickly and nothing can substitute for a dry basement that has no exposure to the elements. The small cost involved with getting an estimate cannot be compared to the money you could potentially lose when the moisture builds up and starts damaging the basement and your assets in it.