3 Ways Waterproofing Your Basement in Radnor & Bethlehem PA Improves Your Home
In many Pennsylvania towns, like Radnor and Bethlehem, the quickest, easiest and most fool-proof way to increase home value, kill off mold and mildew (before they kill you) and keep the foundation and basement walls strong and sturdy is to have your basement waterproofed.
How can basement waterproofing in Bethlehem & Radnor do all these things? Read on…
1. Increase the Value of Your Home by Killing Mold
If you go to sell your home and a buyer sees mold, forget it. Deal off…or, money down the drain at least!
Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. Mold may begin growing indoors
when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture.
- Molds produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions), irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances (mycotoxins). Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.
Allergic responses include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash (dermatitis). Allergic reactions to mold are common. They can be immediate or delayed. Molds can also cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who are allergic to mold. In addition, mold exposure can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs of both mold-allergic and non-allergic people.
First, prevent wet areas by having your basement waterproofed. Second, if you do find mold, it needs to be attacked and have colonization stopped.
Mold spores will not grow if moisture is not present. And, if you clean the mold but moisture remains, it will come back. Waterproofing your basement removes mold’s food source; water and moisture. Without them, mold dries up and dies, never to return.
2. Keep the Foundation and Basement Walls Sturdy
Again, cracks in the walls lowers value and you’ll have a hell of a time selling with them once a realtor sees them.
Water in the soil around your basement can cause a tremendous amount of pressure on the basement and foundation walls from the outside-in (called lateral pressure). This leads to cracking and crumbling of the foundation. Many home owners think it will never come to this, but, it does happen often in cities like Bethlehem and Radnor…and all over PA! Check out the video below of someone who put off having better drainage systems put in and having waterproofing done:
3. Increase the Value of Your Home
Water damage in the basement can reduce home value by 25% or more. On the other hand, basement waterpoofing can help you sell your home much more quickly because it prevents water damages. Potential home buyers are often scared off by any signs of water damage like mold, cracks, wet spots, etc.
Increase your home value by having waterproofing done today!