Basements have a reputation for being damp and musty. They earned this reputation over time because homeowners weren’t sure what measures they needed to take to ensure a dry basement. Today’s technological advances in building methods and materials give us many opportunities to ensure a nice, dry basement so we may avoid potential dangers.
Whether it is being used as an actual living space or as storage, basements naturally have more moisture than any other part of your home because they are underground. If you choose not to waterproof your basement, you are setting yourself up for issues such as mildew, mold, and structural damage.
Prevent Mold: Mold prevention is one of the primary reasons that waterproofing is important. Once mold grows in your basement, it can quickly spread to other areas of the home. Mold can be very harmful if inhaled, and it can creep into a home without being noticed at first. Unless you are looking for it, it’s very unlikely that you will even know it is present. Not only is it dangerous for the structure of your home it is dangerous for friends, family, and pets to breathe. Waterproofing will keep moisture from seeping in and thus keep mold at bay.
Prevent Structural Damage: Think about the kind of damage moisture does to the walls and structure of your house. Moisture causes wood to rot and then your basement walls become unstable and can eventually lead to a disastrous situation. Also if you are just using your basement as a storage solution think of what that moisture will be doing to the objects that you are storing.
Your home is a major investment and must be taken care of in every way possible. Being a homeowner has many benefits but it is important to keep your home maintained and in good condition. Home maintenance efforts include every area of the home from the roof to the foundation. This includes the basement as well.
Many homeowners don’t really consider finishing their basement when planning to expand their home. They simply plan to build a room onto the visible part of the home instead of finishing an unfinished basement. Your damp musty basement can easily become a viable part of your home and be turned into nearly anything you wish.
Quality First Construction is a locally owned business based in Newington, CT. We serve several areas in Connecticut including Newington, Plainville, Portland, Rocky Hill, Simsbury, Southington, South Windsor, West Hartford, Wethersfield, and Windsor. We would love the opportunity to work with you to design and build out your basement and make sure it is properly waterproofed.
Do you have moisture problems in your basement? Would you like to schedule a consultation with one of our expert builders? What is the proposed intended use for your basement? We would love to hear your ideas. Feel free to comment in the comments section!