Don't Leave The Job Half Done: Why You Should Waterproof Your Basement

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Winter is almost here. If you haven't waterproofed your basement, you still have time to take care of that. Small amounts of moisture might not cause serious damage to your basement. But continued exposure to moisture or seasonal floods can destroy your basement. Here are four reasons you need to waterproof your basement before you're faced with extensive water and moisture damage. 

Stop Flood Damage Before It Starts

With the rain coming, it's time to think about floods. Seasonal rains can cause extensive water damage to unprotected basements. Unfortunately, even with the best waterproofing plans, many homeowners forget about their basements. If you've done that, you need to waterproof your basement before the torrential rains arrive. Waterproofing helps to lock out the moisture that can destroy your basement. For maximum protection, don't forget to include exterior drainage in your waterproofing plans. 

Stop Mold and Mildew Growth

If your basement isn't waterproofed, you can expect an increased occurrence of mold and mildew growth. Mold and mildew tend to grow whenever moisture is present. Unfortunately, if you haven't waterproofed your basement, moisture can get out of control quickly. Waterproofing creates a barrier between your basement and moisture. As a result, your basement will be protected against mold and mildew growth. For maximum protection, you should always clean and sanitize your basement before applying the waterproofing. That way, you kill any mold spores that might already be present in the concrete. 

Eliminate the Risk of Foundation Cracks

If your basement hasn't been waterproofed yet, there's a chance that your foundation will suffer damage this winter. Without waterproofing, standing water can lead to foundation cracks. If you already have cracks in the foundation, standing water can seep into the crack. If temperatures dip too low during the winter, the water can freeze. If that happens, the cracks can expand, which can lead to additional damage. In fact, the expanding foundation cracks can undermine the structural integrity of your home. You can avoid those problems by waterproofing your basement as soon as possible. 

Eliminate Damage to Wood and Drywall

If your basement has exposed wood or drywall, you need to take care of the waterproofing immediately. You might not realize this, but excess moisture can damage exposed wood and drywall. If you don't take steps to waterproof your basement, any exposed wood in your basement may start to warp. In addition, the drywall may begin to crumble. Waterproofing your basement will reduce the risk. 

Contact a waterproofing service to learn more.