If you’re dragging your feet about waterproofing your basement –don’t. This may not be the most glamorous home improvement project but it could be the most beneficial. Here are several benefits to waterproofing your basement.
Reduce Costs and Increases Value
How can basement waterproofing reduce your monthly living costs AND increase your home’s value at the same time? It’s actually a no brainer. Just by sealing off your basement or crawl space from seasonal, torrential rains can save you on energy costs. Sealed cracks can also increase energy efficiency by preventing cold air from entering your home during the winter. During the summer, when it’s hot and wet causing excess moisture, your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard at keeping moisture and mold at bay.
Another cost saver most homeowners don’t always consider is the insurance benefits. Water damage accounts for about one fifth of all insurance claims made by homeowners. In the greater Colorado region, hail storms, flash flooding, snow melt and other major weather storms are like candy to insurance companies. Homes not protected from the monotonous weather changes are prone to structural damage such as cracks in the foundation, drywall, structural damage to wood or even a slow leak that goes unnoticed until it’s too late. In the long run, spending a little to prevent basement or crawl space flooding may save you thousands more in insurance claims. It may even increase the value of your home.
When thinking about your basement from a square footage point of view, the basement accounts for an entire floor. For most people, that’s either 1/3 or 1/2 of their home’s total space that’s not always used. It’s definitely not a space you want to dedicate to water seepage, bacteria and mold growth. Creating a healthy, usable space to your home will certainly boost its value, giving you an advantage if you ever decide to sell.
When considering your home’s health, how often do you think about water damage? Water damage is the most common type of damage that can occur in a home. Stemming from rain, humidity, leaky plumbing, condensation or any other moisture can seep through unsealed cracks.
Flooding, excess water or high moisture levels in a home’s basement lead to the appearance of toxic mold or mildew growth. Mold grows in as little as 24-48 hours, not only causing your home to be unhealthy through additional damage to your property, but also triggers negative health effects to your physical body. If you experience symptoms such as allergies, breathing issues, and even respiratory infections, a wet basement or crawl space may be the culprit to blame. Keep in mind that mold is sneaky and can grow in hidden areas of your home dangerously feeding off the uncontrolled moisture in its new environment – your home. Waterproofing your basement helps prevent mold growth by reducing the moisture level.
- Prevents Structural Damage
Basements that aren’t waterproofed are susceptible to significant structural damage. Water that seeps through the basement to the foundation can weaken edges and joints where floors and walls meet. This damage will result in buckled or bowing walls, and cracks in the foundation and floors. These problems begin small and are hard to notice until it’s a costly repair problem.
By taking the time to waterproof your basement, you can prevent a range of issues that lead to serious damage, unsanitary living conditions, and expensive repairs. Be sure to contact experts in water damage restoration professional as soon as possible. Experts will remove standing water and clean up the affected areas before it results in serious damage or mold growth.
When it comes to your home, preventing flooding is synonymous with protecting your investment. When it rains, it pours and flooding can ruining your hard work you put into the little details to make your house a home. Waterproofing ensures your house stays a home for as long as possible.
- Protects flooring
Most basements have a concrete floor that is about 2-4 inches thick. This thin floor is vulnerable to pressure from ground water swelling up underneath it which can cause the floor to crack. When this happens, your basement is at a much higher risk of seepage or serious flooding. When your basement or crawl space is sealed you don’t have to worry about flooding or leaks that ruin your floors.
- Protects sump pump
Installing a sump pump is an important part of basement waterproofing, but you cannot rely solely on a sump pump to keep water out of the basement. Sump pumps can malfunction or stop working altogether if there is a power outage, which causes water to rush into the basement. Using additional waterproofing methods will provide protection for your basement if your sump pump fails.
Peace of Mind
Not only is stress being linked to more and more health issues every day, it’s just simply a good old-fashioned waste of time. You all know the feeling; that knot in the pit of your stomach as the first claps of thunder rattle your windows before a heavy thunderstorm. You begin to prepare the Wet-Vac, mops, and cleaning supplies… Wouldn’t it be nice to not have to worry about cleaning up after your faulty basement for a change? Hear how others found peace of mind from the many benefits to waterproofing their basements.
Seeing the benefits to basement waterproofing? Call the experts at Peak Structural and get a free assessment on your home’s waterproofing needs.
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