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Why Should You Waterproof Your Basement?

Why Should You Waterproof Your Basement?

If you’re like most homeowners, you likely have a number of home improvement projects in the pipeline. You have to fix the roof, mow the lawn, pretend to build a chair before buying one at a garage sale; you probably have a list of activities that you should be doing but may never get to.

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One thing that may need to be on the top of your list is basement waterproofing. Waterproofing your basement is one of the most overlooked parts of homeownership, but provides you with a number of potential benefits, including:

  • Eliminating Moisture – The more moisture you have in your basement, the more likely you will generate mold and mildew (which may be hazardous to your health) and attract insects and pests that love damp, moist environments. Basement waterproofing keeps your basement dry and clean.
  • Protect Valuables – Most people use their basement for storage. Moisture can damage your furniture, ruin your baseball card collection, and destroy family heirlooms.
  • Improve Structural Integrity – Water and moisture have the potential to eat away at your foundation, causing the structural integrity of your home to weaken. It is possible that you may be at greater risk for damage in the event of a natural disaster.

In addition, waterproofing your basement protects your home from depreciation. When you waterproof your basement, you help to maintain its value. People often view basements as valueless extra spaces inside of the home, but your home’s value is based on every square inch, and keeping your basement in good shape helps you keep – and possibly improve – its overall value.

Your basement may not seem like an important part of home improvement, but waterproofing your basement provides a lot of valuable benefits for your home. It prevents dangerous mold, protects your valuables, reduces insect buildup, and can help maintain your home’s value. Call Wm. Henderson today to find out more about how we can help you with your basement waterproofing needs.