Reasons to Consider Investing in Basement Waterproofing

Posted on: 17 May 2019

Your home is only as strong as its foundation. People with a slab under their home are generally aware that the slab is what is holding the structure of their home. However, because basements aren't a solid layer of concrete, those with basements don't understand that the basement is actually the foundation of their home.

One of the most important things you can do to preserve the structure of your home is protect your basement, and basement waterproofing is one of the first steps in basement protection. All it takes is a small amount of water to infiltrate the basement walls and there will eventually be visible cracks and weakening of the structure. Along with strengthening the foundation of your home, here are a few reasons to consider investing in basement waterproofing.  

Prevent Mold and Mildew

Wet basements are a breeding ground for mold and mildew. The growth of mold and mildew can lead to or worsen respiratory problems, such as asthma and allergies. Basement waterproofing will prevent moisture from finding its way into the walls, floors, and ceiling of the basement, which ultimately prevents that growth of mold and mildew. Not only are these fungi dangerous to your health, but if you have items stored in the basement, mold and mildew can cause significant damage, especially to documents and clothing.

Add Additional Living Space

Most basements have a lot of unused square footage, which can be transformed into additional living space with minor remodeling. Basement waterproofing ensures the basement will stay dry, so you can add a family room, extra bedroom or rec room. Not only will the additional living space give you extra space for your growing family, but it will help to increase the resell value of your home.

Keeps Pests Out

It's common for homeowners to be unaware of the pests and critters that are living in their basement. The dampness in the basement draws in a wide range of pests, such as termites and water bugs, as well as critters seeking a water source, such as mice, rats, and raccoons. These pests can do significant damage and can be a potential danger to your health should they find their way into other areas of your home. Basement waterproofing will keep the basement dry and prevent insects and critters from taking up residence in an area with a readily available water source.

One of the most common reasons why many homeowners delay basement waterproofing is that they are concerned about the cost. There are several options when it comes to waterproofing the basement, so be sure to talk with a waterproofing contractor about which option is best suited for your home. Waterproofing the basement will be a cost-efficient investment that will protect your home for years to come.