Many homeowners don’t think about waterproofing their basement. It’s not usually covered under insurance, since it is seen as maintenance that the homeowner is responsible for. So why should you consider it? Here are three signs that basement waterproofing might be right for you.
You Have Water in Your Basement
Many times, when water finds its way into your basement you may be at a loss as to how it got there. A leak in a pipe or a crack in the wall are the most common culprits, but if you can’t find any explanations for water in your basement then you may have a problem.
Since your basement is underground, there may not be a visible crack that is allowing water to come in. The dirt surrounding the walls of your basement is more porous, so when it rains it absorbs more water than the rest of your lawn. That water and heavy soil builds pressure on the walls of your basement, which can eventually allow water to seep in. This problem can be minimized by ensuring your gutters drain at least eight feet away from your home. You will also need to direct any other sources of water away from your foundation. Taking these measures will limit the amount of water that finds its way into your basement, but it won’t eliminate the problem. Once you notice puddles of water that aren’t coming from a leaky pipe or crack in the foundation, then it’s time to consider basement waterproofing.
There is a Musty Smell
You may not have puddles on the floor or water seeping through the walls. Another telltale sign that you need basement waterproofing is a damp and musty smell that just won’t go away. This is due to moisture seeping into your basement. It may not accumulate into full puddles, but that moisture will just sit there and make your basement smell funky. No amount of cleaning can make this smell go away.
You Have Mold
This is the most dangerous risk of having water and moisture trapped in your basement. Mold can be hazardous to your health, and it’s extremely difficult to get rid of. Once it’s in your basement, it can easily spread to the rest of your house. Trying to handle it on your own can end up spreading the mold spores around. Once mold sets in then rot is next, which can cause major structural damage to your home and anything in your basement.
There are many uses for a basement. It can be a fun hangout room or simply a storage area. But once water finds its way into your basement, the area is no longer safe. Problems with your basement will present itself in other ways throughout your home. Basement waterproofing is an effective way to protect your home and help it stand for generations to come. Contact us to learn more about how HS Restoration can help protect your basement, as well as the rest of your home, here.