With heavy rain and snow lurking just around the corner, many homeowners are asking an important question: Do I need to update my home's basement waterproofing?
Moisture in your home can do a lot of damage, from creating mold to rotting wood, affecting the electrical in your home, and attracting pests. Basement waterproofing not only mitigates all of the problems with moisture and humidity, but adding moisture control to your home increases your home’s value. When you waterproof your basement, you make your home last longer, thus add value to it.
Waterproofing or damp proofing your home and the floor above a basement protects your investment into your home. Waterproofing my basement or crawl space prevents ground moisture from seeping into the basement or crawlspace. Once it gets in there, it creates humidity, which then gets into your home. Excess water and humidity create mold and attract pests such as termites, spiders and mice. It will also cause the wood in your home to rot.
Waterproofing a home is an effective way to stop one of the worst types of damage. Moisture can not only discolor walls and weaken the integrity of a structure, it can also lead to a serious infestation of mold or insects. Either possibility can impact your health, especially if the problem goes undetected for a while. And unfortunately, it doesn't take very much water for your home to be affected.
If your home is your single greatest asset, you need to look beyond the standard protections to more effective methods. We'll look at home waterproofing and what it takes to really make the building impervious to outside threats.
Does your home have proper moisture control measures in place? If not, you may need an update to fully protect your basement, foundation, crawlspaces, baths and other areas from the many potential problems water can cause.
Moisture enters your home through many avenues, including cooking, bathing, washing and breathing. This is normal moisture in your home, and you should have some. An excessively dry home means lots of itching, especially for pets. It also brings itchy eyes, difficulty breathing and sinus problems. However, if you have excess moisture in your home, you’re setting yourself up for mold problems. If too much moisture enters your home from the crawlspace or basement, you could start seeing health problems, including asthma and allergies. Clint Miller Exterminating provides waterproofing services to keep the excess moisture out of your home.
Have a damp basement? There could be a number of reasons why this is occurring. This could be due to high humidity or a water leak. Excess moisture in house can come from a variety of places and cause mold, mildew or other types of growth. Taking time to observe what is going on can help identify the problem. If there are any leaks, stopping the flow of water in that area is the first line of defense. Getting a plumber to inspect and correct the problem is next. Additionally, reducing the indoor humidity by using ventilation fans in the kitchen and bathrooms, sealing duct air leaks, and using a humidifier can help alleviate excess moisture accumulation.
Waterproofing companies like Clint Miller Exterminating place an impervious barrier on foundations, roofs and walls when it’s needed. When your house was built, it should have had a barrier, but over time, it may erode, which causes water to seep into crawl spaces, attics and basements. If your crawlspace or basement leaks or gets damp, the dampness will get into your house. This could cause mold to form and wood to rot.