Friday, April 15, 2016

Why Is Waterproofing My Basement Important?

In many homes, basements are utilized as storage units, media rooms, laundry facilities, and most importantly, the foundation. According to the National Flood Insurance Program, floods are the number one disaster in America, averaging over $3 billion in claims per year. Waterproofing the exterior of your basement will save you anywhere from $10,000 to an upwards of $50,000.

Basement flooding stands as a real possibility for all homeowners, so it’s crucial to waterproof the exterior of your basement prior to being exposed to excessive amounts of water. To ensure you don’t suffer from structural damage, property value loss, and even health issues, following these suggestions on waterproofing the exterior of your basement.

Mold and Mildew

Under moist, humid conditions, mold and mildew quickly accumulate. To reduce mold and mildew from rapidly spreading across your basement, waterproofing the outside is key. To avoid losing valuables, paper, and respiratory problems, seal your basement by an expert. 

Damaged Possessions

Many use basements as storage units, but moisture can literally put a damper on all your precious valuables. If you place items like books, food, or wood in your basement without proper storage bins, you risk losing these to moisture damage. A proper waterproofing strategy must be in place prior to storing any valuables in your basement.

Structural Damage

When moisture seeps into the walls of your basement, serious structural damage will occur quickly. The moisture causes the wood that makes up the foundation of your home to become wet, therefore leading to a vast amount of problems that reduce your home’s value and overall safety. Not only is your home’s value and safety in jeopardy, but termites thrive in damp wood and will literally eat away at your home. Equally as dangerous, moist wood is more susceptible to ordinary rot.

Increased Space

To make proper space of your home, waterproofing your basement will allow you to have a multi-purpose area for the entire family. Without waterproofing the exterior of your basement, you’re placing electronics, memorabilia, valuables, and more, in jeopardy.

Avoid structural damage, property value loss, and health issues by waterproofing the exterior of your basement. Check in each month with the energy experts of Pro Energy Consultants to learn more helpful and useful home energy saving tips. 

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