Why Should I Waterproof My Basement?

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Many homeowners experience the stress of a leaky basement. Water entering your basement has many negative effects beyond damaging furniture, carpets, and drywall.  By waterproofing your basement, you will experience financial and health benefits while improving your home. If you notice any of the clues in the picture to the right, you should call an expert to permanently keep water out of your basement.

Waterproofing your basement will eliminate mold in your home.

When the humidity gets above 55% in the basement, mold will grow. Mold has many negative health effects. Mold is a common allergen, and it can cause asthma attacks, itchy eyes, sneezing, and runny noses. Those most susceptible to mold are infants, elderly, and those with chronic lung disease or cancer. If you notice mold in your home, you should reduce the moisture in that area. If you notice mold in your basement, you should seek professional help to locate the moisture source and prevent more moisture from entering the home.

Waterproofing your basement will increase your living space.

Once the basement has been permanently waterproofed, you can finish your basement to increase your living space. Many homeowners refrain from using their basement as living space because mold and water can ruin carpet and their belongings. Permanently waterproof your basement to protect your belongings and to finish your basement.

Waterproofing your basement will decrease energy costs, especially during the cold Colorado winters.

When water and cold air enter your basement, your energy bills rise. By waterproofing your basement, you will keep the cold air and water out, keeping your heating costs low.

Waterproofing your basement will prevent structural problems.

When water expands the soil around the home, the pressure can push water through the foundation, forming cracks and weakening the structure. By waterproofing your basement, you will keep water away from your foundation and prevent further structural problems.