WATER IN BASEMENT

A Stronger Home: 5 Essential Benefits of Sealing your basement

Since basements are usually underground, they’re especially prone to flooding, leaks and chronic water damage. If any of these things start and then continue unchecked, the results can range from toxic air and fungal invasion right to the structural weakening of your entire house.

 

Fortunately, sealing against water, leaks or basement flood is usually easy if done professionally before water problems literally pour in. With that in mind, here are five benefits of having your home’s underground space sealed up snug and dry as soon as possible.

1. Reduced Costs

Yes, preventing a leaky basement means spending some money on repairs. Despite this it still absolutely reduces your long-term maintenance costs. Why? Because once the damage from an unmitigated leak or – worst case – flood is done, it absolutely has to be fixed before professional sealing can work.

Investing in sealing and protection before corrosion, mold, or structural fractures take hold means not spending much more money fixing unexpected damage from any of these problems later.

Also, a house that’s robustly sealed against a basement flood or water damage invites lower home insurance premiums. In places with weather extremes, like Southern Ontario, the structural soundness created by protective sealing counts when it comes to insurance quotes.

1. Reduced Costs

Yes, preventing a leaky basement means spending some money on repairs. Despite this it still absolutely reduces your long-term maintenance costs. Why? Because once the damage from an unmitigated leak or – worst case – flood is done, it absolutely has to be fixed before professional sealing can work.

Investing in sealing and protection before corrosion, mold, or structural fractures take hold means not spending much more money fixing unexpected damage from any of these problems later.

Also, a house that’s robustly sealed against a basement flood or water damage invites lower home insurance premiums. In places with weather extremes, like Southern Ontario, the structural soundness created by protective sealing counts when it comes to insurance quotes.

2. A Healthier Home

A moldy, humid, leaky space can severely deteriorate not only its own air quality but also that of the rest of the house. Water in basement areas is the most likely starting point for this. These conditions can cause mildew or toxic mold growth in as little as 48 hours and many of these organisms could make you or your family sick with allergies or chronic bronchial infections. Then of course there are the ugly odors that mold creates, which can seep into the rest of the house.

 

By protecting your basement professionally, you can do more to avoid all of these health time bombs than through nearly any other home maintenance project.

2. A Healthier Home

A moldy, humid, leaky space can severely deteriorate not only its own air quality but also that of the rest of the house. Water in basement areas is the most likely starting point for this. These conditions can cause mildew or toxic mold growth in as little as 48 hours and many of these organisms could make you or your family sick with allergies or chronic bronchial infections. Then of course there are the ugly odors that mold creates, which can seep into the rest of the house.
By protecting your basement professionally, you can do more to avoid all of these health time bombs than through nearly any other home maintenance project.

3. Increased Home Value

Buyers and realtors love well-built homes, and being able to show off just how flood and leak-proof your own basement is means an added value that many competing houses on the market won’t have. You can justify a better valuation with the superior structural integrity, larger living space and headache-free maintenance prospects of your home.

4. Structural Soundness

An unsealed basement that lets water leak or flood into it absolutely will suffer from major structural damage over time. The combination of humidity, puddles and mold accumulation will crack concrete, rust metal, rot wood and weaken the joints between supporting structures. All of these can begin lightly but will expand catastrophically if they’re not stopped.

 

In cold-winter places like Etobicoke, there’s also the problem of ice. Water that gets into basement walls can easily freeze and expand, accelerating structural damage.

 

Preventative sealing will stop all of this, and if you already do have some leakage, there’s still time to keep damage from getting much worse.

5. More Usable Space

Finally, simply making sure your basement is both dry and solidly sealed opens up a whole
spectrum of major uses. Whether you want to build a workshop, studio, entertainment den or
rentable apartment, having it firmly leak proofed is essential. Just imagine stagnant water, rot and
mold creeping in after you’ve remodeled without first sealing up.

Don’t Second Guess

If you are unsure about the situation that is going on in your home, then you need to call a professional. There are several well-trained employees that are able to assist with all of your inquiries and ensure that you are getting the best help possible for your current ordeal. If you catch it early enough, you can be saving yourself a world of new problems occuring in the home you love!

To fend off these costly forms of structural
damage, be sure to properly safeguard your
basement from harm..

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