February 24, 2015

Top Benefits of Waterproofing your Basement

Making home improvements is a great way to improve your home but when we think of home improvements, many of us don’t think about doing the less than glamorous job of waterproofing our basement! However, this is an important job to do and while it might not be as much fun as installing new kitchen cabinets, it is something that needs to be done. It can help you to avoid a whole stack of problems such as mould and standing water, and waterproofing your basement needs to be part of your regular maintenance plan, especially if you own an older property.

Let’s take a look at the top benefits of waterproofing a basement:

1.    It Will Increase your Space

The basement can be used for more than just storing junk and as it covers a large area, it’s a waste not to use it as another room rather than just treat it like a musty storage space. After waterproofing it properly, you can create an extra bedroom, a laundry room, a study or a living space and this will also add to the value of your property when you decide to sell.

2.    Create a Healthy Environment

Mould can be harmful to your health and the growth of potentially toxic substances, such as mould, can be avoided if you waterproof a room properly. Mould can grow quickly and it will invade the air that you breathe, which can be hazardous to your health. Black mould is particularly dangerous and it can grow within a short period of time in as little as 48 hours, which can be avoided if you implement the recommended waterproofing solutions. Continual mould growth in a basement will eventually have a negative effect on the rest of the house, and the sooner you waterproof the room, the better.

3.    Improve Energy Efficiency

By sealing cracks, you will not only stop damp from coming into the basement but it will also reduce your energy bills, as it will prevent the following:

•    Cold air from coming in
•    Cooling drafts from drifting around
•    Hot air from affecting things such as the air conditioning 

Whether you want to keep the cold winter air out, the moisture during the wet months out or stop excess heat from entering the house and making your air conditioner work harder, waterproofing a basement will have a massive impact on how energy efficient your home is.

4.    Give you Peace of Mind

The only thing worse than having a problem with your home is worrying that you might! If you are concerned about leaks every time a heavy rain storm comes your way, why not pre-empt the problem and waterproof the area, so instead of reaching for a mop, you can sit back and relax?

Waterproofing every room in your home is important, and you will need to remember that the basement also requires some tender loving care if you want to protect your investment.