Basement Waterproofing is the process of eliminating and redirecting water away from your foundation.
Everything from the rain that falls from the sky to the water running in and out of your home via pipes is a threat to the dryness of your home environment. There are many benefits to having it done by a professional company, but many seem to overlook it or are not aware of why it is done. Here are three reasons why waterproofing is a must.
Reason #1: Damp basement environments are a health hazard
Having a dank, musty basement is not good for your lungs. Not only can mold and other allergens get into the air and then into your lungs, but mold could also begin to take over the walls and the foundation if it is allowed to thrive. By waterproofing the basement, you can help eliminate this threat and keep the air breathable. Plus you will have a usable space.
In Ottawa, with our snowy winters, wet springs and humid summers, damp basements are very common - but they don't have to be. With the right setup, you can maintain a dry, moisture controlled basement all year long.
Reason #2: Basement flooding damages your personal items and insurance rates
Even if you don’t choose to finish your basement, it can still be a very valuable space in your home. Homeowners often choose to store just about everything that they have down there. That is why it is so important to make sure that it is dry.
Plus a wet basement is an insurance nightmare. We have heard dozens of Ottawa homeowners tell their stories about dealing with insurance coverage after their basement gets flooded. It's not fun.
So, if you discover other Ottawa homes in your neighborhood have had basement flooding issues be sure to follow our 5 Basement Prevention Steps to make sure your basement remains dry.
Reason #3: Waterproof Basements Increase Ottawa Home Values
Don’t think of waterproofing as an extra expense - think of it as an investment. By waterproofing your basement, you are investing in your home’s value.
Ottawa is notorious for flash floods in spring-time, dumps of snow in late March and sudden deep freezes - all of which put your basement at risk for foundation cracks and flooding.