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severely damaged foundation of toronto home

Foundation problems can be among the most serious issues that a Toronto home can face. When the foundation of a home is compromised, it can lead to all sorts of other types of problems with the home, and it can even render the structure unsafe.

If your home has foundation problems, they need to get fixed right away. With many foundation problems, the homeowner might not even be aware that repairs are needed. Many issues with the foundation start out small, and get worse over time. In the early stages, foundation trouble might not even have a noticeable effect on the home. It is only as the problem gets progressively worse that you will start to notice its effects. However, by this time, it may have caused additional damage to the home. This is the case in quite a number of older homes in Toronto. Read more

mississauga street completely flooded after major rainfall

Floods are a common hazard in many parts of Canada, and Mississauga is no exception. While flooding has been a concern for some time, this threat has increased as regional rainfalls have continually increased. This has led to more flooding events, and more property that is damaged as the result of floods.

With the risks increasing, it is important for every homeowner to consider what they can do to protect their homes and families against flooding. In this post, we are going to cover some of the common flood risks that exist in the city, and we are going to provide some tips for protecting against the possibility of flooding.
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Completely flooded home in a mississauga residents

If you live in Mississauga, having a basement that is wet or damp is hardly a unique problem. Just because it is a common condition, that does not mean that it is one that should not be taken seriously. Many people think that a little bit of moisture in the basement is normal, and they don’t fully appreciate the kinds of problems that it can cause.

When you have a wet basement, it is not so much the water that you are worried about. It is the kind of environment that this water creates. Things like mould and mildew can grow quickly in this cool, damp environment. If the condition is left unchecked for long enough, it can cause damage to the walls, the floors, the ceilings and more. In addition to that, it can be harmful to your health to have this kind of biological growth in the home. Read more

sump pump installed in a sump pit in the basement of an etobicoke home

Every home needs a waterproofing plan that protects their property from flooding and other types of water damage. These plans need to include multiple different elements, from waterproofed window casings to devices that help keep your home dry. Many Etobicoke homes require sump pumps as part of their waterproofing plan, but not all of them.  As experienced Etobicoke plumbers we’re offering three different reasons why your property may require a sump pump. Read more

a translucent backwater valve sitting on a white space before being installed in home

Backwater valves prevent outbound water from re-entering a structure from which it was ejected, called “back-flowing.” They are a kind of backflow prevention device. This may be due to excess water outside, as caused by a flood, or a blockage of the pipes from the outside, potentially caused by sewage or dirt. It may also be caused when there is excess rainwater and falling precipitation, and the city’s sewer lines are unable to handle so much fluid. Back-flowing mostly occurs in basements, but it also may occur on the first floor if the house is situated in a low area. Read more

leuty lifegaurd station, just south of homes in the beaches that require backwater valves

The Beaches, or simply just The Beach to the singularly-inclined, is one of Toronto’s oldest and most well-recognized neighbourhoods. Nestled just to the east of downtown, it attracts thousands of visitors each year to its beautiful beaches on the shores of Lake Ontario. The neighbourhood itself is constantly changing, but there’s a cottage feel that many residents love. Unfortunately, the combination of older, heritage-status buildings and the neighbourhood’s uninhibited proximity to a Great Lake has created unique plumbing requirements and problems, including the absolute essential need for Beaches plumbers to install backwater valves and other products that protect against sudden influxes of water. Read more

sump pump in a sump pit being measured by a plumber

Sump pumps are a necessary aspect of modern living. Not only do they help get rid of water around or in your home, but they can ensure that your property stays safe during times of extreme weather when flooding is a common occurrence. But waiting until heavy rains to see if your sump pump is working properly can lead to expensive disasters, including flooding, which is why you should occasionally make sure that your sump pump is working correctly. You could hire a professional to inspect your sump pump, or you can read on to discover a few signs to watch out for with your sump pump which may mean it’s time to get a new one. Read more

contractor inspecting home for potential basement flooding hazards

When it comes to basement flooding, the causes can be many. As such, the ways in which we protect our homes from floods are varied, all working together to form a basement flooding protection plan. If you want to make sure that your home has an effective basement flooding strategy, it’s important to understand the different tactics used. Below are some of the most popular ways that you can protect your Toronto home from basement flooding. Read more

man in flooded basement

Everyday, there seems to be a new essential thing for your home, but many of them are purely aesthetic. There are newer technologies that can help keep your home safe and well-maintained, often for a relatively reasonable price. Read more

cleaning up after a basement flood

Floods unfortunately happen and when they do, it’s important to know what needs to get done. Flooding is unlike other damage around the home for many reasons, beyond extensive water damage one of the main concerns is mold, so getting cleaned up quickly and thoroughly is absolutely paramount for protecting your home and your family. Read more