Lethbridge Leaky Basements

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The weather in Lethbridge has been unusually rainy the past month.  This had had a an impact on the local Lethbridge real estate market.  It has caused problems for some homeowners and kept some others from being able to put their home on the market.


This past week I was out showing lethbridge homes for sale on the West side of the city.  Of the dozen or so homes that I viewed this weekend, more than half of them were vacant.  These vacant homes are more susceptible  to getting water in the basement due to neglecting to ensure that proper drainage is in place.  Fortunately none of the houses I viewed had any signs of flooding or water in the basement, but there was a few that definitely had water problems coming if not attended to right away.


If you are a homeowner in Lethbridge Alberta, you need to be prepared to deal with the strange weather that we receive.  Here are some tips:


Basement flooding problems are best diagnosed by working your way down from the eavestroughs and downspouts, to the lot and foundation drainage, and then to the plumbing system — both inside your home and beyond its connection to the municipal sewer system.

Eavestroughs and Downspouts

Water pours off your eavestroughs into downspouts. If the downspouts are dumping the water right beside your foundation, it drains directly to the weeping tile and can easily overload your home’s drainage. Make sure downspouts extend at least 1.8 metres (6 feet) from your basement wall. Also, be sure the water does not drain toward your neighbour’s basement walls. It should drain away from your house toward the street, rear yard, or back lane.

If your downspouts are connected to your home’s sewer system, or weeping tile, disconnect them.

Clean debris from eavestroughs regularly. If they overflow even when clean, replace them with larger size eavestroughs and downspouts.

Lot Grading

If the land around your home slopes in toward the foundation, rainwater heads right for the weeping tile around the basement and can overload your foundation drainage system. The land around many homes settles over time, and then slopes in toward the foundation. If your lot slopes inward, you’ll want to fill in and grade the lot so that, for at least 1.8 metres (6 feet) out from around the foundation, the land slopes away from your house.

Build up the ground around your house so that water drains away from your basement walls. Also, examine sidewalks, patios, decks and driveways. These can settle over time and cause water to drain back towards your basement walls (Figure 3).

Extend downspouts so that water flows away from your house and does not collect next to the basement walls and windows.

Proper drainage helps to:

  • Reduce the amount of water flowing to your home’s sewer system and to the main sewer system, and lessen the risk of sewer backup
  • Reduce water seepage into your home through basement windows and cracks in your basement walls.
  • Keep the moisture content of the soil around and under your house stable to reduce the chances of cracking and shifting. If water collects next to your basement, it can make its way to the footings that support the basement walls. The increased moisture may cause the footings to heave or settle
  • Extend the life of your sump pump by reducing the amount of work it has to do.
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Robert W May is a Real Estate Broker in Lethbridge Alberta, having now been in the industry for over 23 years. . He was also a licensed Lethbridge mortgage broker and financing expert with Canada First Mortgage of Calgary Alberta for the past 10 years.  He is an industry leader always willing to help train and educate others in how to improve their business models for financial and personal benefit.




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Sultan Akhtar
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If you are a homeowner in Lethbridge Alberta, you need to be prepared to deal with the strange weather that we receive.

Mar 18, 2016 05:04 PM #1
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good morning Robert May . We do not have many basement homes here in the Nashville area. However, most of the basements do leak.

Mar 18, 2016 06:27 PM #2
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Hi, Robert. This is great information for home owners and buyers. Basements aren't a common feature in my area, but there are a few, and moisture can be an issue just like it can in other parts of the country. Thanks for sharing your information. 

Mar 19, 2016 11:16 AM #3
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Interesting topic on basements Robert. We don't even have them here in North Texas. I do think it is wise advice especially with the vacant ones to keep an eye on that leakage with water problem. Not good for showings. Great suggestions to handle this ....

Mar 20, 2016 07:03 AM #4
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is very good information to share with area residents.

Have an outstanding week and a most productive spring season.

Mar 20, 2016 08:54 PM #5
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Robert ... interesting post and there are so many homes in the Midwest that have basements like Canada.

Mar 21, 2016 03:21 AM #6
Robert May
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Just wanted to say thanks for the comment, its always nice when people take the time to stop by and say hi or comment.  Thank you.

May 01, 2016 06:35 AM #7
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