Is Waterproofing Your Basement Worth the Investment? Can It Really Improve Your Home?
Here are 5 Benefits of Basement Waterproofing:
1. Increased Storage Space
When your basement is wet, damp, or moldy, you can’t store your belongings there. Water and dampness can ruin furniture, old photos, appliances, electronics, clothing, and just about anything else.
Many unlucky and unprepared home owners have lost treasured, irreplaceable keepsakes, photos, clothing and other heirlooms in basement floods.
A waterproofed cellar is a dry cellar. You can store your goods there and have the piece of mind that they’ll be dry, safe, and damage-free.
2. Increased Home Value
Studies have shown that homes that have waterproofed basements sell for more money and have more value than those that don’t. Realtors will tell you the same thing…nothing makes a potential buyer run away faster than a wet, moldy cellar!
It’s been shown time and time again that one benefit of waterproofing is that it can raise the value of your home by at least 25%. This alone makes it a great investment.
3. Have a Mold Free Basement
This may be the biggest benefits of basement waterproofing of all…and it’s overlooked by most home owners. The fact is, mold, especially Black Mold, can be extremely harmful to your health and that of your children and pets.
Children, the elderly, and small pets are more susceptible to the wrath of mold because these groups tend to have immune systems that are not strong enough to fight off the horrors that mold spores can create.
Black mold has been show to cause:
- Sinus Problems
- Respiratory Problems
- And in Some Cases, Death!
Untreated mold can also cause your house to be condemned. It doesn’t take long for mold to spread like an invisible plague. Moisture feeds mold and mildew and the spores they give off to reproduce get into the air we breathe and land on all surfaces in the home, including our food.
Waterproofing your basement kills mold and removes it’s life-source; moisture.
Once the dampness and moisture are removed, mold will die and not return. Wiping away mold or using commercial cleaners only gets rid of it for a few days. Waterproofing, however, will kill mold for good.
If you want to protect the health of your family, get your basement waterproofed today!
4. Improved Structural Strength
Your home’s foundation is responsible for supporting the entire weight of the house. That’s a big job.
When water gets into the walls of the basement or foundation, they weaken. When the walls weaken, they start to crack, bow, and cause major foundation problems.
Some have even had their home condemned because of the severity of the cracks and bows.
Waterproofing removes the chances of water getting into the walls. And, it relieves pressure on the walls from the outside (most homes have poor drainage in the soil and this puts a tremendous amount of pressure on the foundation from the outside-in).
It’s much cheaper to waterproof now than to have foundation repairs done later.
5. Increased Living Space
A dry basement doesn’t only offer increased storage space, it also can provide more living space.
When your basement is dry, it’s easy to remodel and add rooms (Living rooms, dining rooms, bed rooms, home gyms, play rooms, etc), giving you a full, extra floor on your house. This also helps increase home value…a true win/win.