Drainage Problems: Fix Common Issues

Drainage Problems
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img_20161120_200454_01Drainage problems are common in both residential and commercial areas.

However, most people aren’t even aware if their places have those drain problems. Worse, by the time they finally found out, it’s already too late.

When sudden heavy rains do come, flood is certain if the drains are clogged. This can cause damage to your property. As a result, you’ll be spending thousands of dollars for the repairs. You could have avoided those expenses if you found out earlier about the problem.

Well, some people are already aware their place has a drainage issue. However, the problem seems small and significant. But when the time comes, flooding and sanitation issues go out of hand.

That’s why it’s good to spot those problems early on. It’s also good to take urgent action on those problems. This way, you’ll avoid the more difficult problems once sudden heavy rains come. In the end, you’ll actually save thousands of dollars.

In this short guide, we’ll briefly discuss how to spot drainage problems. We’ll also discuss a few solutions you can apply immediately. Let’s begin.

Drainage problem signs you have to watch out

Do you see water stains in your basement?

It might be a common sight. But there might be serious problems hiding there. That’s the case especially if the stain extends in a line around your basement. It’s a high water mark that could be caused either by low basement level or fluctuating water table. Later in this article, we’ll discuss the solution to this problem.

Aside from water stains in the basement, you should also look for foundation cracks.

Those cracks might have been there ever since the house was built (or since when it was last renovated). Those cracks in the foundation could just be normal. However, there’s a problem if those cracks continue to widen.

The two signs mentioned above are both interior problems. Another sign to watch out for can be found outside. It’s time to look at the yard, especially after rains.

If the yard is always flooding, that means the soil doesn’t drain properly. The accumulated water (and its prolonged stay there) can cause frequent dampness in the yard. Also, the water can cause some carves on and around the landscape. It ruins the view and it’s simply not a pleasant sight to see.

These signs are pretty easy to spot. You can check your yard, foundation, and basement right now and see if there are any problems. Once you’ve confirmed your suspicions, you can go back to this article and explore the solutions.

If you’re uncertain whether you have drainage problems or not, you can also ask the experts for some help. You can call us at +1 416-858-4444 if you have any questions about drains. We offer a free consultation.

Drainage solutions: Drain clearing, repair, and waterproofing

Have you checked your yard, basement, and foundation?

If you see the signs and you’re sure there are underlying problems, it’s time to explore the solutions.

As mentioned earlier, water stains in the basement could mean serious problem. To avoid the potential flooding, one way is to install an interior drain system and sump pump. This will pump out the wastewater and flood out of the area. It will keep the place dry even during sudden rains or outflow of water.

What about the cracks in the foundation? If those cracks continue to widen over the months and years, there might be some risks. To know the extent of the problem, you can consult experts. They will help you assess the risks and figure out cost-effective solutions for the problem.

Now, let’s explore the solutions for your yard. If your garden turns into a swamp after some rain, there’s a problem with your outdoor drain system.

Water often accumulates in lower-lying areas because of gravity. If the pathways for the water to flow are blocked, it will continually accumulate there. Your garden might be naturally lower (or the area becomes lower due to soil erosion) compared to the surrounding areas. That’s why the water naturally accumulates there.

However, that’s no excuse for the garden to turn into an occasional swamp. The drainage system must carry the water further down and out of the area. Maybe the drain opening near the soil is somehow clogged. It could also be that the drain pipes underneath the ground are damaged or clogged due to accumulation of dirt and debris.

What to do?

Your drainage problems might require drain clearing, repair, or waterproofing. In all cases, a team of experienced professionals can help you solve those problems.

As a Toronto-based certified company, we have a team of pros with over 15 years of experience. We can clear the clogged drains (and prevent potential flooding). We provide Toronto waterproofing services as well.

Call us now at +1 416-858-4444 if you want a free consultation.

Sump Pump Waterproofing

Sump Pump

Hello friends.

Today we want to tell you about the waterproofing and protecting your household from the water outside of your home. Specifically, we are talking about installing a sump pump. All the water that you use in your home eventually enters the drain system and exits to the city sewer system to the wastewater treatment plant.
External water is rain or melting snow. In some cases, it can be very uncomfortable when it comes to your household uninvited. So what can you do yourself to prevent the ingress of water into the house?

sump pump

It is very simple – increase the distance from the wall to the spot where the water falls from the roof. Even during not so heavy rain, a lot of water may accumulate near your walls and get through into the basement. The best solution – to waterproof and install a sump pump. Recall that for the installation of a sump pump you get a rebate from City of Toronto up to $1750.


There are many arguments for waterproofing. Water that enters the wall to the level of frost line freezes in winter, the volume of ice is greater than the volume of water. The water will melt and increase the size of the slits in the wall, making your basement vulnerable and allowing water to pass through. This water can make your basement uninhabitable. In the context of real estate prices in Toronto this is particularly important. If you decide to make a finish in your basement, start with replacing the drain and waterproofing, to avoid unpleasant surprises in the future.

Recall that we are a fully certified, licensed and insured company, with 15 years of experience in Toronto and the surrounding area. You only pay by the contract, with no additional or hidden charges. We are serious about our work and your property.

Stay dry. Call us.

Drain Repair with Pipe Replacement

Drain Repair

Hello friends.

Today we want to tell you more about full and partial sewer pipe replacement, which are a crucial part of the drain repair process.

If you happen to have any problems with your system, we will conduct a camera inspection to determine the location and the cause of the problem. Usually, problems are caused by either roots in pipes, pipe collapse, an overflowing building trap, a foreign object that is blocking the whole drain system, or the lack of a slope.

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After inspection, we determine the best way to eliminate the blockage, and, subsequently, repair the drain. It usually suffices to dig out a pit and replace the problematic piece of the pipe, followed by an obligatory installation of a back-to-back cleanouts. With the help of the cleanout you can always see what’s happening in your sewer system.

After installing the cleanout we perform another camera inspection and check again the entire drain system and conclude whether our drain repair process was effective. If the sewer line still has problems, then we write up a report, and, if necessary, continue to work to address the problems. It is up to you.

In case of serious problems with your system, it is much cheaper and safer for you to change the entire sewer system and install a backwater valve.

Backwater Valve

We would like to elaborate a little on the topic of the backwater valve. There is an active City of Toronto program, under which the installation of a backwater valve will get you a rebate of 75% of the cost of, up to $ 1250 in total. In addition, the installation of backwater valve to helps reduce the price of your home insurance. It can help prevent a wet, leaky basement. We can install a backwater valve for your household either inside or outside of your home with the full or partial replacement of your sewer system.

Note that sometimes, 8 or even 10 fitting pipes are required to properly install a backwater valve due to the construction of the device.

For us, licensed AAADrain professionals, there are simply no unsolvable problems in matters of sewage, waterproofing, and water service. We have 15 years of experience in GTA and surrounding areas. We have a responsible and positive attitude in regards to our work, with which you always get a decade-long insurance.

Choosing us, you get quality and a peace of mind.

Stay dry

Basement leaks when it rains – prevention

Basement leaks prevention

Hello friends.

Autumn in full throttle and we would like to tell you what procedures are necessary to have a dry and secure basement ready for any weather.

But why fall, specifically?

Because fall, as a rule, is a season of big rains, and the roots that may have somehow gotten into your pipes have grown over the summer. This increases the possibility of a complete blockage or partial blockage of your sewer line. And if the pipe is already clogged, there is also a possibility of a backup.

To avoid this, it makes sense to perform a camera inspection, to determine the state of your pipes. And based on the results of the inspection, determine what to do next. If the line is completely clean, and the pipes are in good condition, there are no visible cracks and you don’t have a building trap – congratulations, you don’t have to do anything.

basement leaks

But, if you discovered one or more of these potential problems, then you can have us clean pipes with snake, perform full or partial replacement of your sewer line, replace your floor drains, and/or install a backwater valve.

It is known that you can have basement leaks from water that can get into your basement through walls. To combat this, we also perform foundation wall waterproofing procedures. We completely waterproof the outside or the inside of your house, as well as do crack repairs on foundation walls, and installation or cleaning of basins.

We, AAADrain specialists , have been diagnosing drain and waterproofing problems, such as basement leaks, as well as implementing state-of-the-art solutions to address them, for more than 15 years. We use the latest technologies. We understand how important is the comfort, reliability of your home. Almost all of the work we do by hand, in order to minimize damage to your landscape.

With all of our digging work we give 25 years of warranty. We provide discounts for elders and single mothers. In addition, when installing a back water valve and sump pump, we entitle you to a rebate from the city of Toronto to $ 3,000.

If you are unsure of your drain – call us, and we will check your system, diagnose and eliminate any problems. In our arsenal we’ve got camera inspections, snake, partial or full pipe replacement, waterproofing, setup and replacement of sump pumps and catch basins.

Stay dry.

Basement waterproofing Toronto


Basement waterproofing


Basement Waterproofing Toronto - call AAADrain 416-858-4444
Basement Waterproofing Toronto – call AAADrain 416-858-4444

Basement waterproofing problems.   Do you have waterproofing problems like those illustrated in the picture above? Don’t worry.  We can fix those problems and take away this stress in your life.

For the most part, basement waterproofing involves stopping water seepage leaking caused by hydrostatic pressure, which is the rising and falling of ground water under the concrete, which then makes water penetrate the basement slab.   Foundation waterproofing systems are applied externally so that water is prevented from penetrating through the foundation.   After all, foundation waterproofing acts like a shield, to fend off water’s natural take where it looks for gravitational entry points.

We’ve been in business for more than 15 years and we’ve seen it all.   And we’ve fixed them all too.   No waterproofing problem is too small, or too big.   We are available 7 days per week.

The City of Toronto offers subsidy financial rebates.  Click here to directed to the City of Toronto’s Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program website.

If you’re building a new house or thinking about adding a ground addition, ensuring that that basement is properly waterproofed will provide you with peace of mind that you won’t have to worry about unexpected problems in your new investment.

Exterior Waterproofing Benefits while new addition is being built include:

Basement moisture eliminations: no more musty odor smells and other allergies that affect people.

Structurally sound foundation including reinforcements.

Added resale value to your home, knowing that you’ve basement waterproofing has been treated by professional contractors.

Basement waterproofing helps strengthen house foundation walls.

Once your basement has been waterproofed, you need to worry about rainfalls and melting snow events that mother nature might throw at you for the remainder of owing your home.

Should you have any questions, Feel free to call us at your convenience.  Our telephone number is: 416-858-4444