Believe it or not, a little bit of water can be a detrimental threat to the comfort and quality of your home. Moisture leaking into your basement, permeating the protective shell of your home can hurt property value and end up costing terrible sums in repairs. For the savvy homeowner, the reality of basement waterproofing will be a given. However, some homeowners need a prod in the right direction. The following is a brief rundown of three major, moisture fueled problems that must be protected against, necessitating basement waterproofing.
Protecting the Foundation
The foundation of your home is built to last - IF you take care of it. Typically, it is assumed that a foundation will last a lifetime or longer. However, erosion from moisture can sharply reduce the foundatio's lifespan. Water can saturate a wooden foundation, causing portions of the wood to soften and become spongy. A foundation is terribly expensive to fix, and if you let a foundatio's integrity spiral out of control there could be serious safety ramifications. Concrete foundations are no less impermeable, as the porous concrete enables moisture to chip away slowly.
Protect Against Mold
Mold and mildew will run rampant if you neglect to properly take up basement waterproofing. These fungi prefer to grow in moist, dark areas. The dankness of your basement is the ideal growing space for mold and mildew, and the growth can easily reach the rest of the home through ventilation. This spells the most trouble for people with allergies and asthma.
Protect Against Infestation
Insect infestation can make anyone's skin crawl; no one wants to share their home with a colony of termites or similar bugs. Prevent this by closing your home (and especially basement) from their intrusion with basement waterproofing. Moist, spongy wood is ambrosia to certain insects; disallow their food source and the likelihood of an infestation will drop considerably.
Basement waterproofing will protect your home from the issues discussed above, as well as several others. Take the time to handle basement waterproofing as a requisite priority and your home can be clean, insect-free, and maintain value for years to come.
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