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Basement Waterproofing: 4 Reasons Your Home Needs It

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4 Reasons Why Waterproofing Your Basement is One of the Best Investments You’ll Ever Make in Your Home

Basement Waterproofing is one of those jobs you can put off, right? Till the last minute…after all, it’s expensive and, well, boring!

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Waterproofing Your Basements Prevents Mold Growth and Water Damages

Well, as rain continues to hammer the North East, homeowners are facing that ugly truth they’d rather not acknowledge…water in their basement. Water that leads to:

  • Structural Damage
  • Mold and Mildew Growth
  • Increased Energy Costs
  • Cracks in the Foundation
  • Decreased Living Space
  • Loss of Valuables That Were Stored in the Basement

While many homeowners believe it’s ok if just a little water gets in the basement, the truth is that any water at all is a sign of damage and needs to be stopped.

Waterproofing your basement is the best way to stop and cure these problems. Here are four reasons you absolutely Need to have your basement waterproofed.

1. Waterproofing Your Basement Increases Home Value Dramatically

You work hard to keep your home looking great…don’t let rain and water damage in the basement sap away it’s value…and all of your hard work!

Studies have shown that a basement water problem can reduce the value of a home by 25% or more. The increased value resulting from waterproofing far outweighs the cost of process.

Any realtor will tell you (and studies have shown) that the simple act of waterproofing your basement increases value by at least 25% …so, one way or the other, your home’s value goes up quite nicely!

2. Waterproofing Increases Living Space

Don’t lose out on increased living and storage space because your basement is wet, damp and full of mold!

Most of us know, our homes run out of space, fast! By drying out the basement (and keeping it dry) we increase the amount of storage space, or, if we choose to also remodel, we can increase the amount of living space dramatically.

More room in the basement can be turned into:

  • Play room for the kids
  • Home gym
  • Entertainment room
  • Home office

3. Waterproofing Prevents and Stops Dangerous Mold Growth

This one is, perhaps, most important.

Wet basements lead to mold…mold leads to a myriad of health problems from asthma to allergies to even death. Pets and the elderly are very sensitive to mold and should never live in a home with mold problems.

Basement waterproofing works by sealing off your basement walls and eliminating moisture. Mold lives and grows only when moisture or water is present.  Waterproofing takes away it’s food source, so mold goes away and doesn’t come back.


4. Basement Waterproofing Can Save Your Home’s Foundation

Waterproofing also helps keep your home’s foundation strong. Once water gets in, it can cause havoc on the basement walls…especially if water gets inside the walls!

Improving your drainage around the home and waterproofing your walls is key if you want to avoid cracking and crumbling in your foundation.