If you are a homeowner, maintenance of our 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 dealt with appropriately. Despite this fact, basement waterproofing is an often-neglected process. While it may seem like a costly or inconvenient investment, the long-term benefits of basement waterproofing greatly outweigh the expense.
Here are 4 of the most important reasons why waterproofing the basement in your home is critical:
1. It Protects Your Home from Water Damage
Both the interior and exterior of your home run the risk of being exposed to environmental elements and harsh weather conditions such as rain, snow, ice and humidity. Several components of your home 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 mould 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 the basement in your home 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 building etc.). When it comes to 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, size of basement (length and depth) and installation of additional accessories such as sump pump and/or back water valve. Typically, the cost of basement waterproofing in Toronto is between $65 and $100 per lineal foot.
3. It Prevents Health Risks
Excessive moisture buildup in your walls and ceilings can lead to mold and mildew growth. When water soaks into drywall or wooden beams, mold spores can grow very quickly. Exposure to these spores (which are airborne) can result in the development of a variety of negative health symptoms, such as:
- shortness of breath
- phlegm buildup
- itching, watering eyes
- skin rash
- runny nose
Your home should be the last place where 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. It Saves Energy
When water leaks into your home, it can also draw in cold air. This results in your heating system working double time to heat your home during the colder months. Likewise, during the summer months, it will be harder for your air conditioner to combat the increased humidity.
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 in your home, which will in turn cut down on your energy bills – saving you money and stress.
Contact Our Experts
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!