As a homeowner, one of the best things you can do is make sure your foundation and basement are waterproofed. Waterproofing builds a barrier between your structure and water where it can be severely affected. This creates a dry space or at least one where moisture becomes a problem. Why would you want to waterproof your home?
The purpose of waterproofing your home is to keep dampness, mold and mildew out of your home. Humidity in your home comes from a damp or wet crawlspace or basement and from cooking, bathing, cleaning, and just living in your home. If too much humidity and dampness build up in the house, it allows for mold and mildew to grow, especially in dark spaces. Once the mold and mildew build up, it can cause health issues, including asthma, allergies and other breathing issues. Ensuring you have adequate waterproofing also mitigates pests entering your home.
For homeowners, moisture and mold are two potential issues that can result in structural damage as well as creating an unhealthy living environment. When these issues are apparent within the home, it is important to determine the causes of excess moisture in house locations. With the expert help of technicians who provide pest control services as well as specialize in methods to control moisture, they will determine where the source of the problems are emanating from and form a strategy on how to get rid of moisture in your home. Once these issues are addressed and a plan of action in place, your home can be protected to help avoid costly repair and replacement of damaged materials in the future.
While waterproofing the basement on your own may seem like a simple project, there are a several things that must be addressed to ensure waterproofing is done properly for health and home safety reasons. One of the problems is improper prepping, such as not using the proper materials, that allows water to seep in causing water damage and moisture that leads to mold and rot. Another danger concerns the soil and whether it contains radon and if the gas has access to the basement through cracks and crevices. If the basement is being completed refinished, there are specific codes in place regarding windows that must be followed. The EPA also notes the air quality in the basement needs to be clean and safe to breathe. Because there are many steps to consider, it is best to secure the services of basement waterproofing specialists.
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.