4 facts about wet basements
There are a lot of misconceptions out there about leaky basements and foundation damage. Some people think it’s not really a big deal, and others believe that foundation repair means you need an entirely new foundation (it doesn’t). There are, however, some incredibly sobering facts about your basement and home’s health and how water damage can affect you and your family.
Fact #1: Mold can grow in a day
One of the reasons that you must act quickly when you discover leaking or moisture in your basement is mold growth. If you find mold in your home, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve had water damage forever; actually, mold growth can happen quite rapidly. Whether it’s from severe flooding or simply a little condensation, you can start seeing nasty formations of the mold after just 24 hours of exposure. If you think that water damage is something you can just deal with, later on, keep in mind that you could be inviting health-hazardous mold into your home if you don’t take immediate action.
Fact #2: Waterproofing paint doesn’t waterproof
Let’s call waterproof paint what it really is, shall we? Water-resistant paint. We’ve seen too many people tricked into thinking that a few layers of waterproof paint in their basement will do the trick and keep their home and belongings dry. This paint can be useful in preventing water from absorbing into the walls or other surfaces, but it’s no replacement for calling a professional to waterproof your basement, inside and out.
Fact #3: Basement waterproofing isn’t as expensive as you’d think
Does a good basement waterproofer come cheap? No. But remember that your home is probably the single most expensive thing you own, and it’s worth your while to invest in it. You’ll keep it in great condition, make it safe and enjoyable for your family to live in, and increase its resale value.
Additionally, while you’ll be whipping out the checkbook for basement waterproofing, you’ll be doing just the same when you have to replace damaged furniture, get rid of mold, or hire someone to repair your foundation. All of these can be prevented with the investment of basement waterproofing.
Fact #4: There’s no one proven method
Any contractor that will tell you their work is one size fits all should send up red flags. The truth is, every single situation is different. Every basement will have different square footage and be facing any number of problems and a good contractor, like Family Waterproofing Solutions, will design a plan of action specifically for your home. The way to waterproof your home will be just as unique as the home itself. If you’re interested in discussing your basement waterproofing options and getting a free quote, call us today at (708) 330‑4466.
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