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Why Do You Need To Waterproof Your Basement?

why-do-you-need-to-waterproof-your-basementPerhaps we’re a little biased as a waterproofing company, but we can confidently say that basement waterproofing is a must-have for any home. We’ve seen far too many homes in our 28 years in business that have been compromised by even the smallest amounts of moisture. Wet basements can cause a slew of problems including mold and mildew, pest infestations, and serious structural damage to the foundation of your home. So when people ask us if waterproofing is something they need to do, the answer is a resounding, “Yes!” Here’s why.

Floods And Leaks Are Bound To Happen

Perhaps you’ve been lucky and haven’t encountered a water problem yet. This unfortunately doesn’t prepare you in any way for future issues, which could honestly happen five years from now or five days from now. Floods and leaks are messy and require a lot of time to clean up and repair, and it’s much more preferable to take preventative action for the future.

Your Home Was Built By A Builder—Not A Waterproofer

The person who built your home likely took withstanding moisture into account and did whatever he or she could to prevent it, but it was not the primary focus. More than likely, your home has no waterproofing just the way that it came, and if it does it was done by someone who was not putting all of their attention into it. A professional waterproofer will be the most reliable option to keep water and moisture at bay.

Your Home Will Shift

Over time, the foundation of your home will move. This is natural, and it’s usually due to moisture level shifts in the surrounding soil. However, this can sometimes happen very quickly because of poor construction techniques or lower quality materials. When these shifts happen too quickly, cracks and other changes may allow more moisture into your home.

Mold And Mildew Grow In Moist Areas

Nasty things can start to grow in basements where moisture has gathered, and it can sometimes only take a few days after water damage for mold to begin to grow. Even if you don’t experience any type of reaction to mold growth, others likely will. Additionally, mold signifies a breakdown of materials and will immediately lower the value of your home considerably.

Moisture Can Destroy Your Home

That might sound a little drastic, but even the smallest amounts of moisture are no joke. A little bit of water can go a long way and damage your property quite seriously, requiring renovations and even a pricey foundation repair. Aside from welcoming mold and mildew, it can also encourage pests like termites or rodents to join in on the fun—which will end up making your home an unsanitary and unsafe place to live.

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This entry was posted in Basement Waterproofing on May, 08, 2016