Should I Waterproof My Basement?

By:    |   Published October 12, 2021

It’s a question we hear often. Should I waterproof my basement, or is it safe enough as it is? You must be asking yourself this question because you’ve noticed some issues in your basement that you think waterproofing will help resolve. Resolving those issues is the primary concern right now. What may even better be the long-term benefits of waterproofing your home. So, when you’re considering if you should waterproof your basement, you should have a few goals in mind you’d like to accomplish. Let’s start there!

Now you know the goals a professional waterproofing system will accomplish for you and your home. Do you already have these boxes checked? Is your home even in need of help in this area? Should you, with your unique situation, waterproof your basement?

We would advise if you wanted to accomplish at least one of these goals, you should consider waterproofing your basement. So, let’s dive into the details of each goal!

Eliminate Current Issues: What noticeable issues do are present that waterproofing your basement will help resolve?

Visible Water

Water is perhaps the most obvious issue. Homeowners tend to think of this the most when they asked themselves “Should I waterproof my basement?”

If you can see water in your basement or crawl space, your home is in trouble. It’s annoying to handle without the proper systems and worse yet, it will probably lead to some other issues if you don’t already have them.

Now you might be thinking, “My basement only has water in it after heavy rain,” but your home needs to be able to handle this water the correct way and keep it outside where it belongs. In fact, our customers have been able to keep their basements bone dry, even during record rainfalls.

Visible water in your basement or crawl space is reason enough to consider waterproofing. However, what you can’t always see can be a big concern as well.

The “Typical” Basement Smell

If you’re one of those homeowners that says their basement smells like a basement, well, you may have a moisture issue. You may not be able to see water intruding your basement, but if your home has a musty smell, it’s more often than not a sign of high humidity.

A musty-smelling home, though inconvenient, might be something you’re willing to deal with, but the presence of excessive moisture in your home should never be ignored. If you notice your basement has that “typical” basement scent, don’t just brush it off.

Healthy indoor air is so critical for your home and your health. When indoor air is saturated with high levels of moisture, it can affect more than what your home smells like. If you don’t act quickly to control your home’s air quality, you could start to see mold, mildew, or even rust. Toxic house syndrome is another unfortunate outcome of poor indoor air quality.

Thankfully, waterproofing can help eliminate the moisture that is currently present in the home causing these symptoms. A basement ventilation system can also help control this issue.

Cracking In the Walls or Floor… or Worse

Most cracks in a foundation are caused by water in the ground around your home pushing against your foundation. Your home’s foundation gets put under a lot of pressure and can eventually crack if the water isn’t moved away from it.

Worse yet, you may have even noticed your walls beginning to bow in. This can happen in extreme cases or over long periods of water pressure that can shift a foundation out of place. If this sounds like something you’re going through, we suggest taking immediate action as it could be a dangerous situation for you and your home. In short, controlling the water around your home can help protect the structural integrity of the foundation and the rest of the home. Relieving the buildup of pressure will surely prevent further damage caused by cracking. Even if a crack is small now, if it’s not taken care of with professional crack repair, it can lead to much bigger problems down the road.

Mold, Mildew, and Other Visual Issues

As we previously mentioned, high levels of moisture in a home can easily cause other issues that can quickly grow out of control. Many homeowners ask us if they should waterproof their basement, and on inspection, we quickly notice mold, mildew, rust on basement appliances, or peeling paint on their basement walls.

None of these issues you could be noticed in your basement happen on their own. What’s the common theme? A presence of too much moisture. What’s the solution for decreasing these moisture levels? You guessed it, basement waterproofing.

Keeping the moisture from becoming present inside your home in the first place is the best way to stop mold, mildew, and other issues from getting worse or occurring, to begin with.

Halt current issues from causing further damage to your home and prevent future issues from becoming a concern.

Onto the second goal, you should seek to accomplish if you’re considering basement waterproofing.

If you notice issues mentioned previously, basement waterproofing will help accomplish the first goal of eliminating those symptoms of high moisture. The second goal you should keep in mind is all around what takes place in your home from this day forward.

Once you get rid of the issues caused by moisture, you don’t want them to come back. What’s the point of a temporary fix? Unless you want to deal with it again in the future. So, unless you want to keep cleaning your mold, or drying up the water that’s coming in and watching your belongings get wet, you should waterproof your basement.

You might be thinking, “I don’t have issues currently, so I’m all set here”. Waterproofing your basement can still accomplish this goal, even if you don’t have issues right now.

You should be proactive as possible when it comes to basement waterproofing.

Most home maintenance is a pain to deal with. The A/C goes out without warning, and you’re stuck in a hot house in the middle of summer. Your hot water tank gives up and you’re left taking cold showers until someone can install a new one. You’re forced into a reactive situation.

This is the best part about basement waterproofing. Rather than waiting around for a problem to pop up and dealing with the pain that comes with it, you can be proactive. You have the power in your hands to prevent any of the issues we’ve discussed by acting in advance.

Instead of neglecting your basement and waiting around for something to go wrong, take control of the situation. You’ll be glad you did when you never have to deal with those wet basement pains in the future.

Being proactive and getting your basement waterproofed is worth it! If for nothing else, definitely for the peace of mind it will provide!

Greatly improve the health of your home.

The third and final goal could be the biggest one to check off. The health of your home is critical, to say the least. It impacts the value of one of your biggest financial investments. Your home’s health also influences your health along with your family and even pets! Believe it or not, the health of your home can determine the severity of your allergies.

A home with a moisture problem is a home that isn’t healthy. Poor home health can lead to dangerous toxins like mold. An unhealthy home could also mean having issues present when it comes to the structural integrity of the home.

Waterproofing your basement will accomplish this goal without a doubt. A dry, healthy basement is the foundation to having a healthy home. Eliminate the presence of excessive moisture and the overall health of your living environment will improve.

The Bottom Line: Should I Waterproof My Basement?

At first glance, it looks like a simple question. If you don’t get overwhelmed, it still can be simple. Take your eyes off the question itself for a moment and think about the wonderful things that will follow getting your basement waterproofed.

Eliminate your current basement issues, harness new peace of mind knowing your basement will stay dry for the life of your home, and greatly improve the health of your home. If one of these goals sounds like something you’d like to accomplish, you should waterproof your basement.

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