Why Should You Waterproof Your Basement?

Basement RenovationFor most homeowners, a basement is their extra space to store their less needed items. What most people don’t realize is the fact that their basement is also their foundation. That is why a majority of people who complain about foundation issues have waterproofing problems in their basement.

Basement waterproofing, according to American Basement Solutions, can help prevent costly problems later on. That is why it’s important to have it done by an expert.

Some of the issues you’re likely to experience include:

Respiratory tract infections

If your basement has a water problem, the water must find an alternative place to go. This is when the water evaporates and increases your indoor humidity. Dust mites are attracted to high humidity and they’re the leading cause of asthma and other allergy problems. Furthermore, the more the moisture in your basement, the higher the likelihood of your home developing mold. When mold accumulates, it leads to skin irritation, eye problems, coughing and even wheezing.

High energy costs

The other problem associated with high humidity is an increase in your utility bills. The more humid your home is, the more it will cost you to cool the air. Conversely, heating the humid air can be overwhelming. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that the humidity may be costing you up to 18% or more in your utility bills.

Structural issues

Have you notice acid damage and cracks on your walls. This could imply a looming foundation problem. Acid damage is characterized by stain colored floors and walls. This occurs when the water is pushed through the concrete foundation. When the water passes through, it is filtered, leaving behind the stains. Water damage leads to spalling that can also occur as a result of pressure. Foundation problems sometimes indicate a serious waterproofing issue.

These are just some of the reasons you should consider basement waterproofing. Call in a waterproofing expert today to have your basement fixed. It’s an investment that could add your property value by 20%.