All homes built on or below ground level require some form of waterproofing in order to avoid moisture-related issues. A basement that is exposed to moisture will feel damp, giving off a musty odor. It can also provide the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew, which can pose serious health risks if left untreated.
Damp, musty, moldy — does this sound like your basement? If so, you would be wise to consider waterproofing your basement right away, and here’s why:
Protection from water damage. According to industry estimates, a staggering 14,000 people in the United States experience a water damage emergency at home or work each day, and almost all (98%) of basements across the country will suffer from some type of water damage at some point. When you protect your basement with a strong basement waterproofing membrane, you can rest assured that the room is safe from moisture and water damage. You can be among that 2% who never experience basement water damage.
Lower risk of health issues. Mold typically begins to grow within 24 to 48 hours of exposure to moisture if left untreated. Toxic mold can be extremely harmful to your family’s health. With interior basement waterproofing, you won’t have to waste your time inspecting for mold and you can avoid costly mold cleanup.
Increased home value. Interior basement waterproofing has an excellent return on investment. If you plan on selling your home in the future, having a safe basement can increase the value.
Decreased energy costs. During the winter, warm air produced by your heating units can escape through unintended gaps and cracks in the foundation of the home. Similarly, cold air provided by your air conditioning unit will do the same. This phenomenon causes your HVAC system to work double-time, bumping up your energy bill. By filling the gaps and cracks with waterproofing, less air is bound to escape, resulting in lower energy costs.
Waterproofing your basement can save you a lot of stress and money in the long run. If you have any questions about the process, feel free to give us a call!
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Glenda has been an avid writer since she was in her teens. She is currently a contributor for TermiGuard where she shares home improvement tips. Glenda also volunteers at homes for habitat for humanity.