Halifax Basement Systems

April 1st, 2013

The basement is a crucial part of a home. Though most consider the living room or the kitchen to be the most important, basements can also serve as a great family area, a craft room or a man cave. What a homeowner needs to keep in mind is that the basement is also the lowest part of the house, closest to the foundation. Basements are liable to allow the seepage of moisture and leaks.

The American Society of Home Inspectors estimates that approximately sixty percent of basements in the US have failed or have faulty waterproofing. Such problems can actually lead to the accumulation of moisture or water in the basement. If moisture starts to seep in to the basement, there is also a possibility that it can lead to other problems like the growth of bacteria like mold or even worse, flooding.

It is very important for homeowners to effectively waterproof their basement to prevent these types of problems. Effective waterproofing of your basement will help to prevent the moisture from seeping through the concrete. This will decrease the possibility of fungal growth and the appearance of molds. Bacteria, like mold, can be very dangerous to the health of you and your family by causing several life-threatening diseases.

In addition to health risks, basement waterproofing can help prevent the seepage of water into the basement. Once cracks in the concrete are big enough to allow water to go through, water will accumulate and can flood your entire basement. Such a problem can start with just a little bit of moisture or small amounts of water. These tiny amounts can eventually escalate, leading up to bigger problems including serious property damage. You may actually end up having to have your foundation repaired which can sometimes be very costly.

There are several great options to help with basement moisture.  The patented TripleSafe Sump Pump System by Basement Systems has three pumps to respond to the three most prevalent problems that home owners experience with waterproofing systems that fail.  Another option to help keep the water or moisture from entering your basement is the innovative FlexiSpan system for any existing wall cracks. Finally, you can finish off your basement with a vapor barrier like the CleanSpace Basement Wall System. CleanSpace is pliable enough to cover uneven surfaces and irregular walls, including areas with large rocks or similar obstacles. Additionally, it’s a great way to prevent humidity from making its way through your concrete walls and into your basement. Any water seepage coming through the wall will be directed down into your drainage system, keeping your basement nice and dry.

Homeowners should take into consideration the importance of waterproofing their basement to prevent future more costly repairs. The problems presented by inadequate or non-existent basement waterproofing are not only costly; they can also pose a threat to your property and to your family. Precautionary measures like waterproofing should be installed to ensure the safety of your home and the well being of your family.

Controlling moisture in your basement is essential to your home’s structure and your family’s health. The trained professionals at Halifax Basement Systems can assess the current moisture condition inside your basement and offer you a free, no cost obligation written estimate on the best possible solution for your situation.  Contact us today!

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