5 Reasons You Should Waterproof Your Basement

Waterproofing your foundation is one of the most important improvements you can make to your home. It keeps the inside dry while ensuring that the structure itself does not experience costly foundation issues. Properly waterproofing a basement will lessen the risk of damage caused by moisture or water.  Homeowners will want to be aware of what they can do to keep their basements dry and safe from damage.

There are a lot of reasons to waterproof your basement, here are the top 5 reasons:

1. Reduces the Risk of Flooding

Waterproofing a home’s foundation reduces the risk of flooding from rainfall. When you waterproof your foundation, it reduces the likelihood that water will enter your home. However, there is still the risk of internal flooding from plumbing leaks. Leaks can come from any of the many plumbing features throughout your home. Even a small leak can become a basement flood that leads to extensive damage to finishing materials and stored items. In this case, you need to also consider installing better draining systems and a sump pump. 

2. Keeps Your Basement Dry

Foundation waterproofing helps to keep the basement, and your home dry by reducing the amount of water that seeps into a home. The result is a basement that can be used for everything from recreation to storage. This allows you to maximize the usage of your basement without having to worry about floods, leaks or moisture that can cause extensive damage.

3. Reduces Overall Moisture

When moisture enters your home, it can cause damage through the creation of mold and allergens. It can also make your home feel warmer during the summer, destroy paper products, and reduce the comfort you feel in your own home. The first step to reducing moisture in your home is waterproofing the foundation. This is because water tends to travel upwards as it evaporates, which is why homes with a water-logged foundation tend to be more humid than homes with dry foundations.

4. Protecting Your Home

Waterproofing your foundation can prevent water from seeping into your home where it can warp boards, cause walls to rot, and ruin your possessions. Waterproofing the foundation also helps the outside of your home. It can help ensure that the ground where your foundation sits is less prone to shifting, which in turn can reduce the occurrence of foundation problems and leaks.

5. Saves on Energy

When you take the steps to waterproof your foundation, you have better stability in the temperature control of your home which ultimately saves you money on energy bills as well has a positive impact on the environment. Water leaking into your home has a direct impact on your energy bills. When water leaks into your house, it increases your heating, cooling, and lighting consumption. By reducing the amount of energy required to heat and cool your home, you reduce your carbon footprint. 

Waterproofing goes beyond saving your family and property from the harmful effects of moisture and flooding. It can also help you contribute towards saving the environment by reducing your consumption and keeping your surroundings clean and healthy.


Contact Dry Basement Today

While waterproofing your basement, we suggest that you take a look at our Basement Magic remodeling systems to see how Dry Basement® can transform your basement.

For more information or to schedule a basement inspection and evaluation, contact us to schedule an appointment. We have a large service area covering Kansas City, Des Moines, Columbus, and Wichita. Find out if we can waterproof your basement today!