In our last article, we talked a lot about some of the reasons you should seek out basement waterproofing. We thought it’d be good to stay on the topic, as water damage in homes is most common in the winter and spring months.
Basement waterproofing can significantly reduce risks posed by structural dampness and water damage in your basement. Most basements in residential buildings have some sort of structure that protects the floor beneath it. Usually this is a concrete slab or another material that prevents water from entering the basement. The following article will discuss the benefits of basement waterproofing as well as the most common types of basement waterproofing products. We’ll also be talking about how we can help with any potential water damage to your foundation.
One of the main benefits is the prevention of water damage in the first place. Any dampness in the basement can result in water damage in the floor above, as well as in the walls and ceilings. Waterproofing a basement below grade can require the use of excavating equipment, sealants, drains, sump pumps, and other expensive components. Waterproofing materials can range from epoxy garage floors to fiberglass insulation. In many cases, these products are not practical, especially in wet climates where the use of foundation waterproofing materials is mandatory.
The second main benefit of basement waterproofing is the prevention of basement mold. Moisture causes the formation of mould, which can cause health problems for anyone who enters a basement containing mould. Unfortunately, most basement waterproofing systems cannot prevent the presence of mould, so it is important to address any cracks or porous areas that may allow moisture to penetrate the walls.
When basement walls become subject to hydrostatic pressure, which occurs when water moves through a basement while it is not stabilized, dampness will fill the space. Dampness is a serious problem, as it can be the root cause of mildew, rot, molds, and damage to the structure of the building. Most systems are designed to address the eventual migration of water and dampness, but there are some exceptions to this rule. Prolonged exposure to moisture may cause the failure of the membrane in your waterproofing system, and this is something to take into consideration if you notice the beginnings of basement leaks.
If you find leaks in your basement, you should have your interior system inspected by a professional to identify the cause of the leak. Most leaks in exterior walls can be repaired with exterior waterproofing paints, but more complex repairs like those found in basement walls should be left to the expertise of qualified professionals. Make sure to identify and repair any leaking that you find, because preventing future leaks will be your greatest investment.
For more information on basement waterproofing, visit our waterproofing section of our website, or call us today with any questions at 844-201-4166. We’re happy to help however we can with any new clients!