Worthwhile Improvements for the Frugal Homeowner on a Budget

Monday, October 3rd, 2011 by Donna Kshir

Worthwhile Improvements for the Frugal Homeowner on a Budget - Image 1In today's tough economy, homeowners are becoming increasingly budget savvy.  More and more often, people are purchasing older homes or "fixer-uppers", since they're inexpensive compared to newly constructed homes. But what many people neglect to see it that older homes can come with a ton of issues -- including a wet basement.

If you’re looking to purchase a home, it's very important to consider waterproofing the basement. Whether it’s a current build, or a historical building, basement waterproofing is a lasting and cost-effective home improvement.

Moisture Issues

Many homeowners overlook their wet basement until they detect foul smells, or until they see mildew or mold spreading and taking over the space. Symptoms of a moisture problem can include damp cement floors and walls, puddles of water on the floor, water seepage, bad smells, or different forms of mold covering the walls and floor.

Consider Landscaping Around Your Home

Whether you believe it or not, the landscaping that surrounds your home has a great influence on your foundation and basement. Creating a 20% slope in the ground around your home will allow rain and ground water to flow freely away from your home, protecting it from moisture and unwanted water damage.

Rain Gutters are a Precautionary Measure

Rain gutters are a very important precautionary measure to prevent rain and groundwater from accumulating around the foundation and entering your home. Rain gutters are important and help achieve a dry environment; one free of mold, mildew, and foul smells.

Although rain gutters do not provide absolute protection for your home, as they tend to spill out or run over, they can be very beneficial for the homeowner.

It’s always best to schedule maintenance appointments to ensure the gutters or downspouts do not become filled with leaves, dirt, or unwanted mess.

Leaky Pipes

If you discover a drip or leak -- fix it immediately! Even a slow drip can become a huge problem. Once the water begins to collect, the problems will multiply.


Waterproofing is a great decision for any homeowner. The best waterproofing contractors give a free estimate, discuss your options, and give plenty of time to make the best decision.

Contact Basement Systems Vancouver today for a free estimate for basement waterproofing in Burnaby, BC and surrounding locations.

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