Basement Waterproofing Protects Both Your Health And Home

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The last thing anyone wants to do is spend time in a dark and dank basement. Doing laundry in a virtual dungeon is no fun, and if it's damp, it's not a good storage space, either. It definitely wouldn't make a good living space, which is a shame because that's a lot of square footage just going to waste. In addition to being unpleasant, a wet basement can also cause a hazard, both to your home and your health. Here's three reasons why investing in basement waterproofing is money well spent.

Waterproofing Your Basement Reduces Moisture

A wet basement provides the ideal environment for mold and mildew to flourish. Mold and mildew is also what cause that musty smell common in wet basements. Some people have allergies to mold, but even without a true allergy, breathing in mold spores can cause health issues such as respiratory distress, coughing, throat and nasal passage irritation, and skin irritation. People with asthma, compromised immune systems, and chronic conditions such as emphysema are at a higher risk of complications. Mold can also destroy the structural integrity of any surface it grows on: the last thing you want for the foundation of your home.

Waterproofing Your Basement Protects Your Belongings

Most people use at least part of their basement for storing seldom-used items and bulky things that just don't fit anywhere else. The typical home simply doesn't have enough closet or garage space to store that giant box of Christmas ornaments and the artificial tree. Seasonal items and things you don't use every day need to be stored, but if a wet basement is your only option, your valuables could be destroyed. If water is getting into your basement, it doesn't take long to get into your cardboard boxes, too.

Waterproofing Your Basement Protects The Bones Of Your Home

If you see cracks in your basement walls or floor, you have a water problem, even if you haven't seen water come through yet. You may also see brown or rust-looking spots on the walls or floor. This is also a sign that water is seeping through. This will weaken your foundation, which will eventually cause your home to shift. When your home shifts, you end up with cracked plaster or drywall and sloping floors and ceilings. A wet basement will also cause your rafters or floor joists to rot, which will cause your floors to sag. When a weather event happens, such as a flood or rapidly melting snow, your home will have a harder time "weathering the storm" if it's in a weakened state. If you have a wet basement, the problem may lie outside the home, inside, or both. Schedule an appointment with a contractor who specializes in basement waterproofing. They can determine the source of the problem and provide you with the best options to fix it.  


1 December 2016

Protecting Your Home During Construction

During construction, parts of your home might be completely torn apart, which is why it is crucial to do what you can to protect your place. One of the best tips I've ever heard in terms of preparing for a renovation is meeting with your contractor to discuss how the job will impact your daily life. I wanted to make a blog all about protecting your home and family during construction, because the process is usually more involved than most people realize. Read these helpful posts to make your next construction project simple, clean, and safe. It could help you to make your house feel like a home, even during the hard times.