Should I call Waterman if I discover my basement is wet?

Basements are common places to find water in your home because they are underground and have ideal conditions for the formation of condensation due to warmer air outside of your house.  This presents a lot of challenges for homeowners living in the Markham area because the close proximity to Lake Ontario creates lots of ground water due to precipitation, and also contrasting seasonal temperatures.  When and if you happen to find moisture or indicators that it is present like mildew or mold, it is best to contact a plumbing service like Waterman immediately.  Even if the basement is only showing a small amount of moisture, it is important to resolve the problem to prevent long term issues like foundation deterioration or black mold – the latter of which can pose a serious health hazard.

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How does Waterman find the moisture in my basement?

In the event that you cannot find any water in your basement but have seen signs that indicate some must be present, it is definitely time to bring in a professional. Signs you might look for include warping drywall, above average humidity and peeling paint to name a few. When your physical check produces no results, a professional plumber like Waterman can bring in some specialized equipment to dig a little deeper. The pros generally use moisture meters to detect the presence of water inside wood, carpet, drywall and paneling. The device consists of two prongs that can be inserted into any of the above mentioned surfaces or subflooring and it will produce a moisture reading. Data listing humidity levels above 55% will require further investigation as that would indicate an above average amount of moisture is present.

Where does the moisture in my basement come from?

The easiest way to answer this question in layman’s terms is to say the atmospheric conditions in Markham create an abundance of moisture in the area and the contrasting temperatures under and above ground cause excess humidity and condensation in the basement. To put it another way, when the basement is still colder than the outside temperatures as spring rolls around, the warmer weather can enter through cracks in the rim joist and promote condensation. Bringing out a professional plumber like Waterman to reseal the rim joist every so often will help to mitigate this problem. Cracks in the foundation floors and walls due to ground shifts can also allow moisture to seep into your basement. These are just a couple of examples of how water finds entry into your basement, but they should be treated as soon as they are discovered. Cracks should be filled and sealed, joists should be sealed, and groundwater should be re-directed away from the home foundation.

Overall a professional plumbing service like Waterman should be able to help you seal your house from top to bottom, and that is a pretty important job in Markham where precipitation and climate change due to wind and water coming in off the lake can batter the exterior of your home. Keeping your basement nice and dry will ensure you can enjoy it for years to come.

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