Foundations, Waterproofing and Drainage

Understand proper foundation construction. Read the Region of Waterloo Practical Guide to Foundations [pdf].

Inspect your foundation, crawl space and basement once a year.

drawing of symptoms of overly damp basement or crawlspace
Phillip Marshall. “Wet Basements” Old-House Journal, June 1981

Look for

  • signs of movement: cracks or bulges in walls or siding, doors or windows misaligned. You may need to consult a Conservation Engineer.
  • loose or cracked foundation mortar. Consult the Region of Waterloo Practical Guide to Masonry [pdf].
  • tree roots too close to foundation.
  • soil not sloping away from the foundation.
  • signs of leakage.
  • signs of excessive moisture: musty smell, soft, stained or rotted wood, insect infestation.

Waterproofing without first solving the underlying problem can make matters worse. Remember houses need to breathe.

Radon, odourless, cancer-causing gas, can enter buildings from the soil via cracks or openings in foundations. Test for it with a do-it-yourself kit, or hire a professional.

 

 

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