Every homeowner wants a home with steadfast structural integrity. Fortunately, waterproofing ensures that your foundation is more robust, ensuring that your home lasts for a long time. In addition, waterproofing prevents basement flooding, structural damage, and excessive heating and cooling costs. This project will also protect your sump pump and reduce insurance claims costs. Yet, you must identify signs of a basement requiring waterproofing. They include the following.
Unusual Water Puddles
According to the American Society of Home Inspectors, 98 out of 100 homes have suffered a wet basement, perhaps once or more. These inspectors consider unusual water puddles in the basement as one of the most common red flags. Flooding causes considerable water damage, exposing you to significant financial and material loss.
While you might want to overlook small puddles, they are the biggest culprits. Any excess moisture indicates that there is a problem within the basement.
Molds thrive in dampness and wet areas. Visible molds in your basement imply that the place is significantly damp, wet, or flooded. It is a clear indication that you need to waterproof this basement, averting further structural damage. Waterproofing will stop molds at the source, ensuring that they do not grow again in the future.
Further, molds pose significant health complications to you and your family. Molds produce a musty odor, causing multiple reactions, including asthma attacks, stuffy nose, runny nose, and itchy eyes. All these elements could expose you to further health expenses.
Wet and Chalky Walls
Wet and chalky walls signal the need to consider basement waterproofing. Such walls emerge if the environment within is significantly moist.
Exposure to moisture for a long time contributes to these chalky walls. Most of the water is salty, meaning that it will leave minerals and salt on the surface. Thanks to this, expect the walls to have white streaks on them. Once you witness this change, it is time to consider waterproofing the room.
At the same time, check whether there are water stains on the wall. These water stains show that water has been seeping through the walls or surfaces. Assuming this sign could prove costly in the long run. It is the same case with bowed walls, which indicate significant structural issues.
In conclusion, waterproofing your basement helps improve your home's structural integrity. Investing in a project from DiBello Waterproofing & Masonry provides an incredible ROI. Ensure that you start it as soon as you see the signs above.