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Water in Basement 

Water in your basement can cause mould, weaken your foundation, and lower your home's worth. What's the solution to this problem?

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Believe us when we say water in your basement is more than a mere hassle! It can cause mold, affect air quality, damage your foundation, and cost you thousands of dollars in repairs. 

Here at Groundworks, leading foundation solutions company in North America, we know the gravity of a wet basement better than anyone. That’s why our team offers engineered solutions that control water buildup in this part of your home — and stop it from happening again. Below, we’ll tell you how water enters your basement and why you must resolve this issue immediately.

What Is Water in Your Basement?

Whether it’s a small puddle or large-scale flooding, discovering water in your basement is never fun! Here are some telltale signs that you have a wet basement problem:

  • Musty smells 
  • Mold growth 
  • Efflorescence (a white, powdery residue on walls and floors)
  • High humidity

Water in your basement almost always leads to more serious problems that only local waterproofing experts like Groundworks can solve. Let us visit your home, identify the cause of your damp basement, and fix the problem for good!

Most Common Causes of Water in Your Basement

Water enters your basement for various reasons, including:

  • Bad Weather: Excessive rain or snow might strain your sewer system, causing water to accumulate in your basement. 
  • Drainage Problems: When broken gutters, drains, and other systems don’t redirect water from your home, your basement is at risk of damage. 
  • Landscape Sloping: Water can come in contact with your home’s foundation if the ground slopes toward your house.
  • Hydrostatic Pressure: When saturated, expansive clay-based soils place hydrostatic pressure on your basement walls, they might crack, leak, and bow inward.
  • Wall Construction: Porous walls often absorb and leak water.    
  • Leaky Windows: Old, damaged, and leaking basement windows allow rainwater to enter this area of your home.
  • Internal Leaks: Plumbing leaks, leaking water heaters, and faulty sump pumps also cause water buildup.

Can You Repair a Wet Basement?

The good news is that you can resolve any water-related problems in your basement. The bad news is that towels and waterproof sealants from hardware stores won’t work! Unfortunately, these so-called “solutions” just mask the underlying issue. 

You need a holistic approach to basement waterproofing that protects your entire home. Groundworks’ custom solutions don’t just remove water but prevent it from returning. 

How to Fix Water in Your Basement

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Our team will inspect your home — free of charge! — and identify the reason why water’s entering your basement. 

Interior Drainage

Next, we’ll install an interior drainage system to move leaking water to a sump pump system.

Sump Pump

We’ll position that sump pump system at the deepest point in your basement to maximize its performance. 

Exterior Sump Pump Discharge

Discharge drainage lines, a critical component of your sump pump system, can freeze over in Canada’s cold weather. Our discharge line attachment prevents freezing, letting water drain from your basement all year round. 


We’ll place an energy-efficient dehumidifier in your basement to reduce humidity, eliminate nasty smells, and prevent allergy-causing mold.

Wall Vapor Barriers

Finally, we’ll install a high-performance, durable, and mold-resistant vapor barrier to prevent moisture from entering your home. 

We also specialize in engineered basement solutions, such as carbon fiber straps, which support our waterproofing methods. 

Why Remove Water From Your Basement Right Now?

Ignoring a wet basement can lead to the following:

  • Health Issues: Mold and mildew reduce the air quality in your home, compromising your family’s health. 
  • Structural Problems: The problems only get worse and more expensive over time, resulting in pricey repairs. 
  • Wet Belongings: Water in your basement will damage any items you keep in this space, including family heirlooms. 
  • Decreased Property Value: Water issues can lower your home’s value.

Contact Groundworks for Local Basement Waterproofing Solutions You Can Trust

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Water in your basement might not seem like a big deal right now, but neglecting this problem can lead to a massive headache later on. For the sake of your home’s foundation and your family’s health, we strongly recommend scheduling a free basement inspection and no-obligation estimate! Our friendly team will discover the cause of your wet basement and come up with a custom-engineered solution. 

Over time, a wet basement can lead to mold growth, structural issues, health problems, and other concerns. The good news is that you can remove water in this part of your home and stop it from returning! Groundworks has a wide range of basement waterproofing solutions, including sump pumps, dehumidifiers, and wall vapor barriers. 

The price of waterproofing a basement varies from home to home. For a free cost estimate, we recommend contacting Groundworks. Our team can visit your home, assess the damage, and find the right solution. 

It depends on your insurer and plan. Some homeowner’s insurance policies cover water damage and basement flooding; other times, you might need a separate flood insurance policy. It’s important to note that neglecting a wet basement could lead to more expensive repairs in the future.