When purchasing a home, real estate agents will give some attention to the basement; however, often, this only involves the space and if it’s finished. This leads to neglecting the most important question, is the basement waterproofed? So, why is having a waterproofed basement so important? The following includes a few of the most important reasons and what you can do to improve your basement.
Although the floor of most basements lays above the foundation of the home, it does not mean water can’t penetrate it. According to Edens Structural Solutions, the introduction of water into the foundation of the home can quickly lead to the weakening of the edges where the floor and the walls meet. This, of course, can lead to the cracking of the foundation, which then leads to wall buckling. The scary part about this is that most homeowners won’t notice any issues until it’s too late. The best way to prevent costly repairs in the future is to make sure that your basement is waterproofed.
Having water within your basement is an annoyance by itself; however, there are more serious risks that come along with just a soggy floor. According to Restoration 1, depending on the type of water it could lead to any number of diseases. One of the most dangerous things that can grow within a flooded basement is mold. Mold thrives in a wet environment and can quickly spread behind the walls without your knowledge. If you have the slightest belief that you might have mold growing, it is always recommended to seek the service of a professional in order to receive an accurate reading. However, this can always be prevented by waterproofing the area as soon as you can.
Most homeowners utilize their basement to store their valuables. This ranges from Christmas decorations to more valuable items such as wedding dresses, photographs, and family heirlooms. Water can quickly destroy these irreplaceable valuable items with ease. Thus, homeowners must take preventive measures to waterproof their home basement.
As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to make sure that all aspects of your home are protected from potential risks. That being said, it is critical that the first place that is protected is the basement. Potential flooding can cause an array of issues that are both costly and annoying to deal with.
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