Say Goodbye to a Leaky Basement: Effective Solutions and Prevention Tips

Dealing with a leaky basement can be a frustrating and concerning problem for homeowners

Not only can it lead to water damage and potential structural issues, but it can also create an unpleasant living environment. However, by understanding the causes of basement leaks and implementing appropriate waterproofing solutions, you can effectively tackle this issue. In this blog post, we will explore some tried-and-true methods to help you deal with a leaky basement and prevent future foundation leaks. RCC Waterproofing is a waterproofing company with over 100 years of experience with many leaky basement projects completed and actively shares its knowledge and expertise to help prevent floods and other unexpected situations from happening

Identify the Source

Before you can effectively address a leaky basement, it’s crucial to identify the source of the water leaks.

Common culprits include:
a. Cracks in the foundation walls or floor.
b. Poorly sealed windows and doors.
c. Faulty or clogged gutters and downspouts.
d. Improperly installed or damaged drainage systems.
e. Hydrostatic pressure from groundwater.

Exterior Solutions

a. Gutters and Downspouts: Ensure your gutters are clean and free of debris such as leaves, branches, loose pieces of shingle, or other things of this nature. Install downspout extensions to direct water away from your foundation walls where the water could potentially pool up and find a way into your basement foundation.

b. Grading: Check the grading around your home to ensure it slopes away from the foundation walls. This helps divert water away from the basement also preventing a leaky basement.

c. Foundation Waterproofing: Use exterior waterproofing services where we apply a HydroGuard waterproofing system with a waterproofing membrane, reinforcement mesh, and air-gap barrier. Most likely, this option is used after you discover you have a leaky basement with a significant water leak.

Interior Solutions

a. Seal Cracks: Use hydraulic cement or epoxy injections to seal any visible cracks in the basement walls or floor. This prevents water from seeping through.

b. Interior Drainage Systems: Install a basement drainage system through the process of Interior Waterproofing, installing drainage tile and a sump pump, to collect and redirect water away from the basement.

c. Vapor Barrier: Install a vapor barrier on the interior walls to prevent moisture from entering the basement. This is particularly useful if you have condensation issues.

d. Dehumidification: Use a dehumidifier to control humidity levels in the basement, reducing the likelihood of dampness and mold growth.

Additional Tips

a. Regular Maintenance: Perform routine inspections of your basement, checking for signs of leaks or water damage. Address any issues promptly to prevent further damage.

b. Proper Ventilation: Ensure your basement has adequate ventilation to promote airflow and reduce moisture buildup.

c. Landscape Management: Avoid planting trees or shrubs near your foundation, as their roots can damage the foundation and contribute to water infiltration.


Dealing with a leaky basement requires a combination of proactive measures and appropriate solutions. By identifying the source of the problem and implementing exterior and interior waterproofing services, you can effectively manage basement leaks and safeguard your home against water damage. Remember to address the issue promptly to prevent further complications. You can enjoy a dry and secure basement for years to come with proper maintenance and preventive measures.

RCC Waterproofing and Foundation Repairs has been servicing Ontario customers for over 100 years. Their repairs have outlived lifetime warranties by at least two times. The company provides professionally trained sales representatives to view, assess and quote on repairs. The installers are employees of RCC and most have long term working relationships. RCC carries full insurance including WSIB coverage and HST registration.

RCC Waterproofing offers:
  • A Lifetime Waterproofing Guarantee!
  • 24-hour emergency services for Ontario residences
  • Fully trained technical sales representatives to view, assess and quote the repair
  • Over 100 years of third-generation family success both in products and services and superb warranty
  • Full-service options, providing either exterior or interior repairs depending on issues, location, and structure
  • A successful record of servicing over 75,000 customers

To learn more, contact RCC Waterproofing at 416-747-1920 or Toll-Free 1-888-766-2071 or Contact RCC for a Free Inspection