When you think of home improvement, basement waterproofing isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. After all, it is much more glamorous to select and install new kitchen cabinets and counters than to shore up cracks and holes in an often unused area. At the same time, however, standing water and mold are not glamorous either, so planning for basement waterproofing, particularly in an older home, should be included as part of maintenance. Professional basement waterproofing services can provide a number of advantages for your home. Here are the top five reasons to waterproof your basement:
Increase Space and Protect Your Belongings
A good basement waterproofing system is a constant, long-lasting solution that will balance your building’s structural foundation and add usable space. Instead of a damp, musty area to store junk and do laundry, a clean dry basement will remain free of bacteria and mold growth when outside water pathways are blocked. Waterproofing adds considerable square footage to your living space, protects your valuables such as family heirlooms and photographs that can’t be replaced.
Minimize Energy Output
Sealing cracks and crevices improves the building envelope, or its seal, to outside elements. The absence of cracks helps keep cold air and drafts out in the winter, thereby increasing energy efficiency. In the summer, HVAC systems in buildings with leaky basements have to work harder to remove humidity from the air. This problem isn’t present in a waterproofed basement.
The growth of potentially toxic mold is one of the hazardous effects of allowing basement leaks to remain. Mold can have long-term health risks, particularly for children or those with compromised immune systems. When conditions are right, mold can grow within 48 hours, invading not only surfaces, but also the air that you breath. Imagine the effects of letting mold accumulate for weeks or even years!
Maintains Your Investment
Your home is your biggest financial asset. That’s why it is important that you do everything possible to maintain or even increase its value. Showing proof that your home’s basement has had professional waterproofing services can even increase its market value when the time comes to sell it.
Peace of Mind
Have you ever thought how great it would be to not have to deal with a dirty, musty basement, or constantly run downstairs to see whether water is coming in during a heavy thunderstorm? With waterproofing, those fears are eliminated.
I hope you are having great spring, here’s to a great summer!
Until next time,