Many homeowners put off waterproofing their basement, especially if they don’t use the space for anything—but that can be a costly mistake. When moisture, even in small amounts, continually enters and remains in your basement, it can lead to significant issues such as:
- Structural Issues: Don’t forget that your basement isn’t just a place to keep the holiday decorations; it’s also your home’s foundation. When this foundation remains moist, it can weaken it and cause cracks and spalling. Don’t panic if you see these issues as they sometimes just require a cosmetic fix. Left untreated, however, and the structural integrity of your home could be compromised.
- Poor Air Quality: Failing to waterproof your basement can negatively affect the very air that you breathe. The water in your basement creates a perfect environment for mold. The moisture also leads to high humidity within the basement—an environment in which dust mites increase. Both mold and dust mites lead to diminished air quality and cause potential health issues such as nasal congestion, itchy skin, coughing, and more.
What’s the Best Method for Waterproofing My Basement?
Now that you know the importance of keeping your basement dry, you’ll have to decide how to go about it. You may be confused by the many options including everything from simple sprays to sump pumps.
Some homeowners start with a DIY interior basement waterproofing spray, but that often turns out to be ineffective. The reason is that if the water is entering from the exterior, interior basement waterproofing isn’t going to protect against damage to the foundation.
That’s why it’s important to know where the moisture is coming from before you invest in a solution. In some cases, the water is seeping in from the exterior. In other homes, the moisture in the basement is the result of high humidity which leads to condensation. Of course, both can be true as well.
Professional basement waterproofers will be able to assess your basement and determine the origin of the water and discuss which solutions will be most effective in your home. Your ideal solution may include one or more of the following:
- Foundation Sealing
- French Drains
- Interior Basement Waterproofing
- Sump Pumps
- Crawlspace Waterproofing
- Basement Floor Sealing
What If Damage Has Already Been Done?
If your basement has had an unaddressed moisture issue for a while, you may already have foundation damage or poor air quality. In that case, the basement waterproofers will need to address those issues as well as prevent future problems by effectively waterproofing the space. The needed services may include mold removal and repairs to the foundation.
Since 1961, Basement Waterproofing Solutions has provided comprehensive waterproofing, foundation repair, and mold removal services. Contact our family-owned business today for more information or to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.
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