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Buying a new home: What to check for in the basement

Buying a new home is exciting. but what to check in the basement? Whether you’re looking for a bigger place for the family, relocating or exploring investment opportunities, a new home opens up new opportunities!

It’s common for homebuyers to have houses of interest inspected prior to purchase. Home inspectors check typical elements like building structure, foundation, plumbing and electrical, and they also have a brief look at dampness.
However, this often doesn’t reveal all dampness issues.
  1. Use a moisture reader

Typically, home inspectors do not utilize moisture readers, which are crucial for obtaining an accurate assessment of dampness in a house. It is important that you either acquire one or enlist experts to accurately measure moisture levels in the basement.

  1. Check for Efflorescence
Efflorescence is the salts and minerals that come out of concrete once the concrete absorbs water or moisture. This can be found on the concrete on the walls inside the basement. It looks like white powder, as shown below:
Most of the time, efflorescence is mistaken for mold growth. Although it is not immediately harmless, it is often an indication that the weeping tile is not draining properly on the outside, allowing the water and moisture to get into the wall.
This can cause problems later on. Poor drainage means the basement is at risk of further harm, with heavy rain or melting snow potentially resulting in flooding, which can be costly to fix.
Whether you’ve identified basement waterproofing issues and want a quote on repair, or you need help identifying issues, we can help. We’re the experts in basement waterproofing and repair in Toronto and the GTA. We have decades of experience repairing homes and we’re Canadian owned and operated. Contact us today at 1.866.279.1919 or request a free quote online now!

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