Exterior Waterproofing

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Gordon was frustrated by the huge pools of water that gathered in his driveway after every heavy rain. Frustrated because he always kept his perimeter drains and downspouts clear of leaves and other debris, and even had them power flushed every few years. But it still took days for the water to drain. What Gordon’s drain cleaning service failed to show was that his concrete drain tile was starting to show the telltale signs of age — pipes separating at the joints, tree root incursions, misaligned tiles, sagging sections of pipe. Turns out the drain cleaning Gordon did was simply a stopgap that never solved the cause of the repetitive clogs. One winter day the slow draining pools eventually turned into a full scale flood. And that’s when Gordon called us.


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Like many home owners, Gordon was apprehensive about an expensive and labour-intensive perimeter drain replacement. It’s understandable. As recently as 10 years ago, contractors would often tackle drainage issues by replacing the whole perimeter drain system. Fortunately this is no longer the case. By threading a small video camera into the pipe and watching on a TV monitor, a trained technican can pinpoint the source of a drain problem.  And if you’re lucky, you can limit the repair to the location of the tree root, crushed pipe or cracked drain, and minimize the impact on your landscape and your budget. But those aren’t the only benefits of a drain camera inspection.


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We’ve all heard the horror stories of people buying homes with water leakage problems and subsequently being out of pocket for huge repair bills. Most home inspectors (and plumbers) will miss these kind of problems because they don’t have the equipment or expertise to properly diagnose underground foundation and drainage problems that can’t been seen. A drain camera inspection is the most important tool in helping you determine the quality of a home’s underground drainage system. A trained eye will know the signs of past water damage and the most likely source of future basement flooding or moisture issues common in both older and newer homes. That’s why you should insist on an inspection from a drainage specialist as part of your home inspection. It’s the best way to ensure peace of mind before you buy.


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From plumbers to general contractors to specialist drainage companies, you have lots of choices when it comes to drain camera inspections. You can even rent the equipment yourself. And that’s what a lot of these companies do. But the crucial part isn’t the actual inspection, it’s the quality of the analysis behind it. And that’s where Raintek stands apart. We’ve completed over a 1000 drain inspection reports in Victoria and across Vancouver Island since 2009. Here’s what you get with every inspection:

  1. A written report by a trained technician describing the type  of drain system you have and what lifecycle stage it’s at.
  2. A comprehensive diagram of  your perimeter drain network, including the location of any problems.
  3. A precise diagnosis of the cause of drainage problems (if any) and a list of recommended remedies.

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Contact a Raintek drainage specialist now at 1-888-638-3025 for a quick chat to see how we can help. There’s no obligation to book an inspection, and no charge for the conversation.