Reasons to Waterproof Your Basement
A lot of homeowners don’t think about waterproofing their basements even if it is something that is very important for the home. You can understand why basement waterproofing does not enter the mind of a homeowner. You might have guessed already that this is not a very glamorous project. But if you do not waterproof your basement, you end up with a damp and moldy one.
There are many benefits that you can enjoy if you have your basement professionally waterproofed. Here are some of these benefits.
Many homeowners think that the basement is simply space where you put the things that you no longer need. Some people think that the basement is the best place where you can do your laundry. This is, however, not the right way of using your basement. The basement is actually as big as an entire floor. The basement alone makes up about half or a third of your entire home. An improper use of the basement will make it a huge, waste space. And you don’t want this huge space to only be inhabited by bacteria, seepage, and molds. Waterproofing your basement will make it a useable space for your home and it will increase its value. This will benefit you if you decide to sell your house in the future.
If you waterproof your basement or crawl space, then you can actually save on energy cost. If you seal up old cracks you can increase your energy efficiency by preventing cold air from coming in during the fall and winter seasons. If you seal your old cracks, then warm moist air cannot enter the basement so moisture will not enter your home and your air conditioner will not be overworked. If you want your air conditioning to be more efficient, then humidity plays an important role.
Mold grows where there are water and humidity. Your home can easily have this mold growth. Toxic black mold can grow in as little as 24-48 hours under the right conditions. This is not good especially if seepage is something that you have been ignoring for years. When there is mold, there is a great health risk posed to your family.
You can protect your investment by waterproofing your basement. Your investment is protected if you ensure the long term health of the foundation of your home.
If you have health issues because of mold growth in your basement, then you can become stressed about it. You can also be stressed every time you hear the claps of thunder before a heavy thunderstorm. The sign of a storm will prompt you to prepare for cleaning the basement after the storm. But if you waterproof your basement, you don’t have to be stressed over this. You don’t have to worry about cleaning up after a storm.