With the winter months quickly approaching, rain, snow, and hail are all cause for concern, especially for your home’s basement. It pays to be proactive, which is why it is now a better time than ever to consider waterproofing your basement. If not properly waterproofed, your basement could be host to leaks, frozen pipes, and a variety of problems that could end up costing you an exorbitant amount of cash and lost time. There are numerous reasons why you should consider waterproofing your basement, and in today’s article, we will highlight some of the main concerns that waterproofing can help to alleviate.
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Floods or Major Leaks
The most obvious reason why you should invest in waterproofing your basement is due to the fact that inclement weather is a common occurrence, especially on the East Coast. Frigid temperatures, downpours, and snowstorms can all be causes for concern when your basement’s integrity is at stake. In fact, according to U.S. Climate Data, Pittsburgh experiences nearly 40 inches of rain annually. Continuous rain and icy conditions create a moist environment that can cause leaks in your basement if not promptly addressed. Worse yet, leaks can quickly turn into floods with the bursting of damaged pipes. For this reason, waterproofing your basement can save you from incurred expenses that you had not initially planned for.
Mold and Mildew
Impaired health resulting from a damp home costs individuals around the world billions in health care expenses annually. In fact, a recent study highlighted just how damaging damp environments can be for your overall level of health. It was found that living in a damp home can increase the likeliness of developing asthma by 40 percent! While you can’t put a price tag on your family’s health, failing to waterproof your home could end up costing you in medical expenses that outweigh the initial investment of having your basement waterproofed.
Worse yet, mildew and mold are capable of spreading at an exponential rate which can cost you a considerable amount in repairs if left untreated. Depending on the severity of your mold problem, you could be faced with a mold remediation bill ranging anywhere from 500 dollars to several thousand dollars. By taking the time to have your basement waterproofed, you will save yourself from costly repairs and a number of headaches down the road.
Moisture Can Crumble Infrastructure
Flood repair and mold remediation are small change when your home’s foundation comes into question. If the foundation of your home becomes compromised with moisture, it is very likely that your foundation will begin to crack and crumble over a number of years. Pairing this information with the fact that houses tend to shift and move over the course of their lifetime, you can begin to see how cracked foundation can cause serious damage to your home’s infrastructure.
While small cracks may not seem detrimental to the integrity of your home, the truth is that cracks in your foundation can introduce a host of pests to your home like termites and rats. These pests would love nothing more than to eat away at your home, which can make repairs seem almost infeasible if you face budgetary constraints.
Increase Your Home’s Value
Viewing waterproofing your basement as an investment can make it much easier to justify the initial upfront costs of contracting such work. A waterproofed basement can attract many buyers who are searching for their dream home, and will help your home sell much faster at a higher price tag. Buyers who know that your basement has been properly waterproofed will feel much more confident that there are no structural concerns due to mold or moisture, and will be willing to pay more for a home that doesn’t require immediate renovations.
However, failing to waterproof your home could cause your property to sit on the market for much longer, which could lead you to sell at a much lower price than you previously planned. Buyers will use the lack of waterproofing as a means to justify a lower offer on your home, and for good reason given that your home’s foundation could be impacted without waterproofing.
Protect Your Pipes
On average, a burst pipe can cost nearly 1,000 dollars to effectively repair. This cost can be even more significant if the leak in question has occurred under your home’s foundation. You may think that your pipes are immune to bursting, however, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, according to Disaster Safety, “homes located in North Region states with plumbing in the basement and/or exterior walls have the greatest risk of a frozen pipe failure.” Burst pipes can lead to floods, which can end up costing you around the same price as a new car to repair. For this reason, we suggest that you weigh the financial risks and benefits of waterproofing through the use of a cost benefit analysis.
According to the Insurance Services Office, water damage claims are the second largest insurance claim annually. As such, insurance companies will generally reduce a homeowner’s premium if their basement is properly waterproofed. This cost savings benefit can help pay for your waterproofing installation over the course of years, and will also reduce the overall amount of damage and repair costs if unforeseen circumstances arise.
These are just a few of the many ways that waterproofing can help to eliminate any worries that you may have about your basement becoming damaged due to moisture, flooding, mildew, mold, and much more. We realize the importance of waterproofing your basement, which is why we continuously strive towards offering the lowest prices on our waterproofing services for your convenience.
If you are interested in waterproofing your home’s basement, learn more about our process on our website! We provide all prospective customers with a free quote after one of our qualified waterproofing professionals has visited your home and inspected your basement’s current conditions. To receive your free waterproofing quote, simply contact our friendly staff today. We look forward to working with you!