3 Reasons You Should Waterproof Your Basement

Proper waterproofing can protect your basement from structural damage, keep your warmer, lower your heating costs, and prevent mold and mildew growth. If you have a musty odor or you feel dampness when you walk into your basement, it is time to call a contractor to have it waterproofed.

Structural Damage

If the area you live in receives a lot of rain, it can easily seep into your basement. This seepage typically comes in through the joints and edges of the floor and walls. In most cases, it will take time before you notice anything happening. If not taken care of quickly, it can lead to much larger damage, such as bowed walls and a cracked foundation.

Hydrostatic pressure is also created when floodwater forms puddles in the soil surrounding your home's foundation. Over time, the water pushes over the wall, and can lead to your basement flooding.

Mold and Mildew Growth

When a basement is not waterproofed, moisture can form on the walls. This moisture can lead to mold growth. Mold can also grow in the carpeting, and can get down into the padding and floor boards. The most dangerous type of mold is black mold, because it puts toxins in the air that is harmful to your health. If you notice this mold in your basement, you should hire a professional to clean it for you before you start waterproofing it. This will ensure all of it is removed. You should not try to clean it up yourself, unless you have only a small amount.

Cold House and Higher Heating Costs

If your basement is damp and humid due to it being wet, it will be harder to heat. Your heating system will have to work overtime to heat the moisture-laden air. This causes your heating costs to rise, which can be expensive over time.  The costs of waterproofing your basement will be quickly paid for in the money you save on your heating bills.

The damp air also makes your home feel colder, which means you will have to raise the thermostat to be comfortable.

As you can see, not waterproofing your basement can cause many problems, and can lead to expensive damage. Take time to hire a professional, like John Norris Foundation Repair LLC, to waterproof it. It will be an expense, but much less expensive than some of the damage you will have to repair due to a wet basement and foundation walls.