The basement can oftentimes be one of the more forgettable parts of the house and is sometimes underused. While most neglect designing it, there are times when the homeowner completely neglects it to the point that they don’t protect it.
Even if you aren’t using your basement (yet!), you should waterproof it. Rapid-Dri Foundation Systems, your local foundation repair contractor, explains why.
The Basement Is Vulnerable to Flooding
As it’s literally the lowest point of your house, the basement is the first area to get flooded during a storm. When the basement sustains regular flood damage, it can cause more complications in your home; specifically, on the foundation itself. The last thing you want is for your foundation to crack and sink due to a flood in the basement.
The Danger of Too Much Moisture
Too much moisture in the basement can also ruin the structure of your home, causing cracks and walls to bow and bend. On top of that, the increased humidity can lead to mold growth, which is exacerbated by the fact that the basement tends to trap moisture due to how closed off it is.
Flooding Can Lead to Shifts
When the basement sustains constant flood damage, it will eventually cause the foundation to move and shift into place. This eventually leads to a sinking foundation, which brings a plethora of other structural problems, from cracked walls to damaged doors and windows.
How to Waterproof Your Basement
To waterproof your basement, you’ll want to first determine what kind of flood damage it is sustaining. Different solutions exist for pipe-related floods or floods due to storms and rain. At Rapid-Dri Foundation Systems, we offer high-quality basement waterproofing systems such as our SafeBasement™ products specifically designed to keep your basement from deteriorating.
You can also help mitigate flood and rain-related damage by applying waterproof coating and sealants on the exterior walls. This helps reduce the chance of floods when the water seeps through the walls and into the basement.
Rapid-Dri Foundation Systems is ready to assist you with your waterproofing and mitigation needs. We offer efficient basement waterproofing and crawl space services. Call us today at (734) 272-4495 to learn more about our services. We are a foundation repair contractor in Ypsilanti, MI.