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Winter Proof Your Basement

The leaves are falling, the days are shorter and cooler and the calendar year is slowly creeping to a close.

That can only mean one thing….. winter is coming and so is the rain, sleet and snow. Game of Thrones puns aside, the Canadian winter is right around the corner and as much as you may not want to admit it, the time has come to start preparing your home, and especially your basement.

The wet conditions that await are serious basement flooding threats that will expose any deficiencies in your home.

The goal, of course, is to minimize those deficiencies as much as humanly possible.

That’s what we’re here for. In order to simplify this important task, sat down with basement winter-proofing expert Tony Romanelli of RCC Waterproofing, a GTA industry leader in keeping your basement dry all year round.

Following the steps below are guaranteed to save your heartache and money in the long haul.

Let’s take a closer look at Tony’s Winter Checklist:

Check Your Pipes: “ One of the simplest but most overlooked things you need to make sure of is that your pipes are connected and spilling in the right direction.” Romanelli explains.  Make sure water output is directed away from the foundation of your home to reduce the risk of basement flooding this winter.

Clean Your Troughs: “ In order to ensure they function properly, make sure your eaves troughs are free of leaves and are tightly connected to your roof.” Romanelli explains. Loose, flailing or falling troughs are a sign of deficiency which should be remedied before winter hits.

Seal/Re-Seal Your Windows:  “Check your basement windows to ensure the sealant is intact, you may need to re-apply if it isn’t.” Romanelli explains. This step is crucial not only to prevent water entry, but to help control energy costs by improving climate control.

Assess Your Foundation: “Keep your eye out for visible cracks around the foundation of your home which can be a sign of serious structural deficiencies.” Romanelli explains.  Take a vigilant walk around your property to ensure the foundation is intact.

Put Storage In Storage: “If you’ve been hoarding large items at the side of your home over the summer, now is the time to clear them out.” Romanelli explains. Large objects are beacons for snow, water and ice that could become problematic once winter hits.

Know Your Basement: “I recommend doing a visual inspection of your basement now while its dry to ensure you will easily be able to determine if any changes occur this winter.” Romanelli explains.  Being intimately aware of the state of your basement will allow you to be able to quickly identify problems is critical to addressing them before they get out of hand.

With newer home insurance policies not covering basement leaking, it’s as important now as it ever was to ensure your basement is properly waterproofed. Following the steps above will help, but if you encounter issues you can’t appropriately address yourself, it makes sense to go with a contractor you can trust. RCC Waterpooring is a 3rd generation family owned and operated business that has been serving the residents of the GTA with Toronto’s finest foundation experts since the 1920s.  Interested in working with them? You can contact RCC via the contractor directory here on



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