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9 Reasons to Waterproof Your Foundation

Man installing drainage pipe into a sump pump.

Can you waterproof your foundation? Yes!

Should you do it? Also, yes!

But why?

In this article, we show you exactly why: because the benefits for your home and quality of life are undeniable.

Reasons Why You Should Waterproof Your Foundation

1. Protect Your Storage

Water intrusion not only risks flooding but can also damage stored items like seasonal decorations or sentimental belongings. Waterproofing solutions, including sump pumps and dehumidifiers, safeguard your possessions from moisture, ensuring they remain in pristine condition.

2. Reduce Flood Risk

Basement leaks can escalate quickly, transforming minor seepage into major flooding issues. Waterproofing acts as a barrier, preventing water from making unwanted entries into your basement and mitigating the risk of flood damage.

3. Mold and Health

A dark and mold-infested basement.

Damp environments encourage mold growth, posing health risks to your family. Waterproofing your basement eliminates the damp conditions mold spores thrive in, protecting your home’s air quality and your family’s health.

4. Eliminate Unpleasant Odors

Musty smells are often the first indication of moisture problems. Waterproofing seals off the entry points for moisture, keeping your basement dry and free from unpleasant odors that can affect your living environment.

5. Keep Pests Out

Moist basements attract pests looking for a damp habitat. A waterproof foundation is crucial for keeping these critters outside, ensuring your home remains pest-free.

6. Structural Integrity

Water is a silent destroyer of your home’s structural integrity, affecting foundations and basement supports. Waterproofing strengthens your home against these forces, preserving its structure and safety.

7. Level Floors

Hydrostatic pressure from water can warp basement floors, creating uneven surfaces. Waterproofing relieves this pressure, helping to maintain level floors and a stable foundation.

8. Home Value and Insurance Benefits

Beyond protecting your home, waterproofing is an investment that retains and can even increase your property’s value. It makes your home more attractive to buyers and can streamline insurance claims by mitigating risk factors that lead to denials or high premiums.

9. Cost Savings

Finally, waterproofing can lead to significant savings on your energy and water bills. By keeping your basement dry, you reduce the workload on climate-control systems and prevent leaks that can lead to higher water bills.

Secure Your Home’s Future with Foundation Waterproofing

An inspector from Mount Valley using a tape measure on a brick home.

Waterproofing your foundation is an unequivocal yes for homeowners. The benefits extend far beyond just keeping your basement dry; they touch upon everything from health and comfort to financial savings and property value. Taking proactive steps to waterproof your foundation is not just advisable—it’s essential.

Mount Valley Foundation Services stands ready to assist you in assessing your home’s needs and implementing the best waterproofing solutions. Protect your home, your family, and your future by choosing to waterproof your foundation today. Reach out to Mount Valley to schedule your free inspection and no-obligation quote to get started!

FAQs

Abrupt increases in utility bills without usage changes, chilly floors, high indoor humidity, and musty odors are signs of crawl space troubles. Mount Valley Foundation Services identifies the root of the issue and offers custom repair solutions during a complimentary inspection.

The time frame varies depending on the crawl space size, existing damage extent, and specific installations. Most encapsulation projects take between one to three days to fully implement moisture control, insulation, and sealing. Mount Valley Foundation Services’ teams work efficiently to ensure timely and complete protection. Contact us to learn more and to arrange a free inspection. 

While immediate improvements in indoor conditions are typical following crawl space encapsulation, most homeowners observe a reduction in energy bills in the subsequent billing cycle. Contact Mount Valley Foundation Services today to schedule a complimentary crawl space inspection and receive a no-obligation repair estimate. 

Phillip Mazzotta

Phillip Mazzotta

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