4 Reasons Why You Should Waterproof Your Home

4 Reasons For Basement Waterproofing in Your Home

If you are a homeowner, maintaining your property should be a top concern. Basement waterproofing is one of the most important aspects of home maintenance. Water can cause an incredible amount of damage to a home if not handled appropriately. There are many reasons for prudent basement waterproofing. While it may seem costly or inconvenient, the long-term benefits greatly outweigh the expense.

Here are 4 of the most essential reasons why waterproofing is critical:

1. Basement Waterproofing Protects Your Home from Water Damage

Your home’s interior and exterior run the risk of being exposed to environmental elements and harsh weather conditions such as rain, snow, ice, and humidity. Several home components are susceptible to moisture exposure, including the foundation, walls, floor, and insulation. Over time, your home may experience several types of wear and tear, such as:

  • Cracks in the foundation or walls
  • Rust or mold formation
  • Warping/sagging of the ceiling/roof or walls.

These issues can impact the overall comfort and functionality of your home. Water damage can also have a hugely negative impact on your home’s aesthetics.

Waterproofing your home’s basement will guard it from potential water damage, ensure suitable and comfortable living conditions, and provide you with peace of mind.

2. You Will Save Money Down the Road

While waterproofing your home may be an incredible investment, it is far less expensive than the potential repair costs you may face if water damages occur – especially if there is structural damage (replacing a foundation can cost upwards of $100,000, depending on the extent of damage, size of the building, etc.). Regarding your home, a long-term investment is almost always better than a short-term remedy.

The cost of waterproofing a basement depends on the basement waterproofing method, the size of the cellar (length and depth), and the installation of additional accessories such as a sump pump and/or backwater valve. Typically, the cost of basement waterproofing in Toronto is between $65 and $100 per linear foot.

3. It Prevents Health Risks

Excessive moisture buildup in your walls and ceilings can lead to mold and mildew growth. Mold spores can quickly grow when water soaks into drywall or wooden beams. Exposure to these spores (which are airborne) can result in the development of a variety of adverse health symptoms, such as:

  • shortness of breath
  • coughing
  • phlegm buildup
  • itching, watering eyes
  • headaches
  • skin rash
  • runny nose

Your home should be the last place you worry about your health. You should not wait to waterproof your home—after all, an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure.

4. Basement Waterproofing Saves Energy

Water leaking into your home can also draw in cold air. This results in your heating system working double time to heat your home during the colder months. Likewise, it will be harder for your air conditioner to combat the increased humidity during the summer months.

While you can remove excess ice and snow buildup or divert water drainage from pooling around your home (and thus your foundation), water can still seep into your home through the soil. Waterproofing the basement in your home will prevent excess moisture, which will, in turn, cut down on your energy bills—saving you money and stress.

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When it comes to maintaining your home, basement waterproofing is one of the most important investments you can make, and, as with most things, you get what you pay for! Make sure you deal with a professional waterproofing company. If you are interested in a free inspection and an estimate, our team in Toronto at Waterproofing PD would be more than happy to help!

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