Monday, October 3rd, 2011 by Donna Kshir
Having a basement in your home can be a blessing or a curse. A dry, clean basement is usable as storage space, or it can be finished into a new living area. Basements are warm, quiet, and naturally private, and finishing these spaces can add living space on at a fraction of the cost of building an addition.
While olders home often offer a very desirable look and feel, many older homes do not have a waterproofed basement
Why is Basement Waterproofing Important?
Water leakage is a very common problem among homeowners, but this dilemma can be solved by hiring the right contractor and following a few easy steps.
Basement waterproofing is a positive measure used to prevent, and hopefully stop, water from entering into the basement of your home.
Can I Waterproof My Own Basement?
Many homeowners try to take matters into their own hands, attempting to solve their water issues with over-the-counter waterproofing methods. Cheap fixes such as [aints and sealants may seem like a great solution at first, but their effect is very short term. As the basement begins to leak again, and the coatings peel and flake off, the end result can end up costing the homeowner more time and money in the long run.
How Does a Leaky Pipe or Slow Drip Affect My Basement?
A leaky pipe, big or small, or a slow but steady drip can (and wil)l rob your home of a comfortable, dry basement. Experts suggest performing monthly maintenance or regularly scheduled inspections, checking all areas of your home. It's especially important to inspect those that are exposed to water, such as the kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, and basement.
Keep in mind that even the smallest of leaks or drips have the tendency to create big puddles in your home! Make sure to fix all drips or leaks as soon as they're discovered.
For those not familiar with plumbing, it's best to contact a professional who can evaluate the situation, provide an expert opinion and explain the best method to take to prevent any structural damage to your foundation. It's best to fix the problem before it becomes too large and too costly.
Even More Benefits
A waterproofed basement prevents moisture issues, musty smells and odors, and can help to control mold and mildew. Mold in a basement can lead to health issues such as breathing difficulties, topical skin irritations, and allergies in sensitive individuals.
A good waterproofing expert will examine your basement and recommend the best and most cost-effective way to solve the problem. Some waterproofing contractors give a free estimate, discuss your options, and give plenty of time to make the best decision.
The experts at Basement Systems Vancouver are the specialists for you! They offer free estimates for basement waterproofing in Vancouver BC and nearby!