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Basement Waterproofing 101

Having basement waterproofing performed on your home is a great decision financially and health-wise. The issues that water damage can cause during leaks and floods can be minimal to detrimental. For example, water damage can weaken the foundation of your home and it could lead to toxic mold growth. Which could cause an onslaught of health problems. Such as asthma flare-ups, difficulty breathing, skin rashes, flu-like symptoms and allergic reactions. Rather than waiting for the problem to become a major issue. It’s recommended that you use preventive measures to stop it from occurring in the first place.

Reasons to Have Your Basement Waterproofing Done

Water damage is the main reason why homeowners choose to have their basements waterproofed. The basement is the part of the home that is the most overlooked. But has the most value, since it houses your foundation. When damage is done to your foundation. The damage can cause a domino effect on the rest of your home. In order to keep your home structurally sound. It’s important to take care of your basement.

When there are cracks in the walls and floors of your basement. Water can seep inside in the form of liquid or vapour. Both water states can lead to water damage and mold growth in your basement. Once you have these areas sealed and your entire basement waterproofed. You can rest assured that your basement won’t give in to flooding and fungi. This preventive measure can also help to lower your homeowners insurance premium.

If you are looking to sell your home in the future, you’ll find basement waterproofing to be an excellent way to boost the value of your home. Most homeowners request a couple of thousand over the amount spent on the waterproofing. So to get a return on investment as well.

Methods for Basement Waterproofing

There are different techniques that can be used to have your basement waterproofed. However, the more methods you use, the safer your basement and your home will be from potential water damage that can emerge during the winter and rainy seasons. Here are some of the ways you can have your basement waterproofed:

  • Self-draining sump pumps can be used to eliminate any water that has gotten into your basement. If you don’t have any barriers or sealant in your basement, then this is even more important to install. Make sure that it has a backup power source in case the power goes out during a storm.
  • Moisture barriers can be placed along the walls and floors of your basement so to stop leaks and water vapor from getting in and causing mold growth and damage to your foundation.
  • Underground waterspouts can be installed to help steer water away from your home. This is a great way to prevent groundwater from becoming an issue around your home. Which will eventually soak down into your basement.

When it comes time to find an expert to waterproof your home. Make sure that the company is licensed, bonded and insured. To learn more about this service, contact our office today for details!