One of the many reasons a homeowner chooses to waterproof their basement is to protect the foundation of their home and the health of its owners. More than half the homes in the United States experience moisture problems in their home, and if not properly taken care of, the water damage can lead to foundation problems and expensive repairs that could have been prevented. Health issues related to mold are always dangerous and long lasting, preventing them by taking care of the leaks in your basement is a very smart move on your part.
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When you think of home improvement, the waterproofing of your basement would probably be the last thing on your mind. After all, it is much more glamorous to install new cabinets, cubicles, and home counters than to drill holes in an area that often goes unused. Repairing damage caused by water can however become an expensive fare, unless you choose to get it done professionally and on time. So, what are the benefits of professionally waterproofing your home basement?
The creation of some extra space
If you have your home basement waterproofed, it will enable you to convert it into some extra home space, if you want to do so. This in turn adds value to your domestic space while you can enjoy some peace of mind when you know that it is protected from water damage in the future. What’s more, a good waterproofing for your home basement is a long-lasting solution that would help balance your house building’s structural foundation and help convert your basement into some usable space. Instead of a musty area that is damp all the time, you can store some of your home documents in this space. Waterproofing protects your home space and all the documents relevant to your home such as your house blueprint and your domestic papers that cannot be replaced.
Residents of Long Island have two major factors that drive a risk of basement flooding:
- The geography of Long Island means lots of properties are “coastal,” like it or not
- Some of the most sought-after properties on the island are also some of the oldest
- Many in Long Island leave the area during the winter, where flood risks can be serious
Luckily, there are many ways you can work to keep your basement dry. A dry basement is safer and is less conducive to the growth of mold, which can lead to serious respiratory health issues.
- Make Sure Your Pipes Are In Working Order
Older Long Island properties can have pipes prone to freezing. Make sure that your plumbing is in good working condition, especially if you are planning to leave the property. A tiny trickle of hot water is typically all you need to prevent pipe freezing.
Q. During heavy rainfall I get water coming into the basement where the concrete floor meets the walls. Also, the concrete in the walls appears to have some flaking. What are my best options to fix this?
A. Water in your basement can come from a lot of places. Many times it is due to a lack of gutters, improper ground sloping, clogged perimeter pipes, or hydrostatic pressure.
The first thing to check is the grading around the house and the gutters. Ensure that your gutters are not clogged and that they are draining well away from your foundation walls; 10 feet is my preference. Most folks I know do not like downspouts extending out far. If there is pavement in this area, make sure it slopes away. Correct it if it does not.
If you do not have gutters, consider getting them.