A wet basement is a sign that something is very wrong with your basement walls, egress windows, and possibly the foundation of your home as a whole. Calling in a contractor who can fix your basement via basement waterproofing techniques helps immensely with these issues, as the contractor will quickly discover what is causing your basement to be so wet. Once the reasons for a wet basement are known, the contractor takes countermeasures to fix it. Unbeknownst to you (and sometimes unbeknownst to the contractor), waterproofing a basement also eliminates and prevents three other troublesome basement issues. Take a look.
Spiders, centipedes, millipedes, and silverfish are all drawn to dank, dark places. Cockroaches also like places that are wet and rotting. You probably enter your basement with shoes on, just in case you have to stomp on something with many legs scurrying to get out of the way and out of the light.
However, once the contractor waterproofs your basement, there is not much left to draw these creatures in, and better still, every single crack in the walls of your basement is filled and/or sealed. Anything hiding or overwintering in these cracks will be trapped and die there, instead of crawling out next spring. If you also get an exterminator to spray the basement after the waterproofing process is complete, nothing will try to enter your basement either because it will be dead on contact with the exterminator's efforts, and trapped by the waterproofing contractor's job.
Mold, Mildew, and Musty Smells
Basements are notorious for the development of "the 3 M's;" mold, mildew, and musty smells. When the basement has been waterproofed, no more moisture or water can get into the basement, which means it cannot be a breeding ground for mold and mildew and musty smells do not develop. Any mold and mildew can be spot-treated once the waterproofing project is complete. (Sometimes the waterproofing contractor takes care of the mold and mildew as part of the project; be sure to ask.)
If water cannot enter your basement, your basement cannot flood. The floodwaters would have to come from somewhere other than the foundation or any cracks that were once in your foundation but have since been repaired. That is good news for anything you store in the basement, and for the basement in general. It is also good for the wood floorboards that form the floors on the first floor of your home because when your basement floods as high as it can go, the floorboards become wet and damaged. No flooding anymore means no flood damage anymore.Share
20 September 2019
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