Basement Waterproofing Estimates
A basement is the largest room in the entire house, and when you have a wet basement, you’ve lost that room as useful space. Mold, musty smells, and damp air can all ruin the area even for useful storage area and make the cellar a place to be avoided at all costs. To make matters worse, if your home is in need of foundation waterproofing, it’s very difficult to sell. Who wants to buy a house with a wet basement when there are other options?
If a home is over 25 years old, the need for structural waterproofing is a common one. Your exterior drainage system is bound to clog and stop working, and when it does, the backfilled dirt around your foundation from construction will fill with water that will make its way through, causing foundation crack leaks and water entering through the foundation wall floor joint. Other factors such as gutters that cannot drain water, poorly graded land around your foundation, tree roots pressing against the house and the type of foundation walls your basement has will all decide if your basement is going to leak.
If your basement is leaking, you have an opportunity to take a problem in your home and change it into an asset. Here are some disadvantages to a damp basement:
- With cement or block basement walls and floors, water collects around your foundation in the loose backfilled ground and seeps through your foundation wall floor joist and through the porous cement basement foundation. Even if the walls of your basement don’t appear to be damp, moisture coming through the basement walls is being pulled up by the air and adding humidity.
- Humid basement air encourages mold to grow. If you allow that moisture to stay in the cellar, mold will form on any and all organic surfaces, including drywall, your basement carpet, and all hardwood sub floors.
- Musty smells in basements are caused by mold, rot, and the fecal material of airborne dust mites in your basement air. If your basement has a musty smell, that would be from the airborne fecal material from dust mites and mold spores in your basement air.
- Basement air travels upwards in your house like air does in a chimney. As warm air rises out of the upper levels, it pulls basement air and any airborne materials like mold spores and dust mite feces into your home where it can enter your lungs when you breathe. This can create many breathing-related health problems.
- Wet basements are bad storage space. If you have valuables in your basement when the basement floods, they can be ruined.
Independent Basement Contractor Agreement
If you’re interested in having an independent contractor visit you and have you with your basement waterproofing project, be make sure you are picking the best on the market. No two general contractors are the same- research each before you select one to help you with your basement waterproofing. When we screen our basement contractors & dealers, we check their reputation with the Better Business Bureau, check references, make sure they offer written basement waterproofing warranties, and run them through our tough screening process. At wet-basement-repair.com, we know that the conditions in the basement are different than anywhere else in the home and need special products for your sub floor, your basement carpet, and your basement walls. We’d like to set you up with one of our presecreened basement waterproofing contractors who can offer you a free home improvement estimate and free price quote proposal that will help you with your basement waterproofing plan!