A wet basement is much less useful than a dry one, so failing to waterproof one’s basement is a recipe for disaster. Still, for many homeowners only concentrate on the interior of the basement, forgetting about the exterior. The value of the house is determined both by the external and internal. With this in mind, it is important to have both internal and external waterproofing.
Waterproofing the inside will keep the water from the inside walls, but what about the effect of the water on the outside? Waterproofing the interior will prevent the problem of the wet basement, but will not keep water out of the walls. Water within the walls and the home structure will result in problems with pant, insulation, wood, wires and pipes.
These problems are even more dangerous since they are never as immediately apparent as the typical seepage on the floor. External waterproofing will solve this problem.
Mold and Mildew
Mold and mildew only grow in moist areas. Concentrating only on the internal waterproofing is essentially reducing but not eliminating the likelihood of mold growing on one’s walls. Think about just how dangerous mold can be, and how tedious it can be trying to remove all the mold after the rainy season. A reputable basement waterproofing expert will know that preventing mold growth before it starts is the only foolproof solution.
In some situations, waterproofing only the interior will not be enough. With a persistent or large scale problem such as the water table rising, dealing with the interior only could mean the problem recurring after a few weeks, months or years. During this period, one will have irreversible damage not only to their home, but to the items stored in the basement. A basement that can only store waterproof items is no help to anyone, especially when one has extra paper or books to store. Space Regardless of the size of the basement, it should be considered extra space in the house. A wet basement is useless, essentially extra floor space that the homeowner cannot use. When dry, it can be used as a man cave, family room, or storage space.
Furthermore, moisture seepage will result in a higher probability of structural damage.
Wet wood, for instance, will be much more vulnerable problems, and might risk the structural integrity of the home. Wet wood is susceptible for termite infestation or ordinary rot. A quality basement waterproofing company will make sure this never happens.
A Basement Waterproofing contractor should therefore be with both internal and external walls in mind – Contact Wet Basement Resolutions today: 1 (844) 202-0112