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How to recognize a water infiltration problem

11 August 2015

According to the IBC (Insurance Bureau of Canada), damage caused by water represents more than half of paid claims from home insurance in Quebec, which amounts to approximately one billion dollars.

Located and sealed under 48 hours, a water infiltration won’t do much harm, but if it remains unnoticed for many years, the extent of the damage will be considerably greater.

The question is: how do you recognize a water infiltration problem? Even if our main focus will be the foundation, water infiltration can come from the roof. For example, eavestroughs can get clogged and cause a water infiltration. In that case, a roofer will be of great help. However, if the infiltrations directly affect your foundations, quickly grab your phone and call us: our experts will gladly help you solve your problem.

In addition to ponding on the ground, we can recognize a water infiltration through traces of moisture and mould. They tend to appear mostly on walls, but you should also look for rotten areas on your floors. An abnormally high humidity rate, especially in the basement, can also indicate a water infiltration problem. You could also notice heavy condensation in the windows and on the pipes.

During periods of heavy rain, usually in the spring and the fall, you should get into the habit of inspecting your foundation. If you notice, once again, unusually heavy condensation, you should investigate. This also applies for ice accumulation during winter. You should also be attentive to the state of the plaster, which could become soft, and of the concrete, which could begin to crumble.

You can also count on your nose! Bad smells, especially the musky ones, who evoke mould, should raise a red flag and prompt further investigation.

Of course, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Find out which materials were used to build your foundation. Was pyrite used? If that’s the case, then don’t hesitate to refer to our experts. You could also make sure your drain is not clogged or in a bad condition. With so many factors to consider, it is not easy to avoid water infiltration. The best you can do is to keep an eye open and act as soon as something raises suspicion.

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