Your dream house is finally complete, or maybe you’re about to move into a new one. Everything is to your liking, and you can’t wait to enjoy the space with your family and friends.
Down below is a basement, which, while not exactly an aesthetic focus of the property, is still an important and functional one. You think you’re only going to use it for storage. Or maybe it has potential to be converted into an extra room for guests. Either way, it’s not exactly top of mind right now.
But that should not mean that it’s not important. Before you turn your focus on other more important things in your new house, make sure you take care of the basement first. Otherwise, you might find yourself dealing with much bigger problems than you could ever expect. By taking care of your basement, we mean waterproofing it. Here are some reasons why you shouldn’t put it off any longer.
Prevent Basement Flooding
One of the biggest problems any homeowner can face is flooding in the basement. It can be because of a leak in the pipeline, or flooding brought about by a storm. Whatever the cause of flooding might be, there’s no doubt that it’s going to be costly to get it cleaned up and restored.
Especially if you convert it into another room, or use it for storage, the potential for damage can end up costing you a lot of money. Waterproofing your basement lets you be worry-free, even when there is a threat of flooding.
Protect and Preserve Structural Integrity
Where there’s water damage, there’s going to be structural damage. Water can rot wood and corrode steel. Even if there’s no inundation, the moisture and dampness can be enough to damage the materias in the basement.
The tricky part about this is that this is not something you will easily and immediately see, even if you spend plenty of time in the basement, which is unlikely in itself. By the time you find out about the problem, therefore, it would have already gotten worse, and the cost of repair would already be high.
Not only that, but any damage to the structural components can definitely affect the other areas of the house, thereby putting the risk of your property in danger of being severely damaged as well.
Maintain a Healthy Home Environment
Apart from damaging the foundation and materials in the basement, dampness and moisture, apart from flooding, can also lead to the growth of mold and mildew. This can be dangerous for everyone’s health at home, triggering allergic reactions or causing respiratory issues.
And much like the structural damage, you’re not likely to figure this out until it’s already too late. Waterproofing your basement, therefore, offers a lot of preventive measures that you don’t necessarily think about first and foremost.
But now that you know, it’s time you take it into serious consideration, not only for the preservation of your property, but also for the protection of your family.