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The Many Benefits of Waterproofing Your Basement

Jan 25, 2016 | Services

Waterproofing their basement is not something every homeowner considers having done; at least, not until it is too late. However, having your home’s basement waterproofed now can provide you and your family with many benefits, and can prevent you much trouble, stress, and expense down the road. Taking the proper steps to prevent water from entering you basement can prove to be highly valuable. Here are just a few of the many benefits of choosing to have your basement waterproofed.


Prevent Mold Growth

One of the greatest benefits waterproofing your basement will provide you and your family with is that it will help to prevent mold from growing in your basement. Mold thrives and grows in damp, moist conditions, which often makes basements a haven for mold growth. This can prove hazardous to you and your family, as mold can cause a variety of respiratory and airborne illnesses. However, where there is no moisture, there can be no mold. Waterproofing your basement is then one of the best steps you can take to prevent mold from growing in your home as it will prevent moisture from seeping into your basement in the first place.


Add Living Space to Your Home

Stereotypically, basements have been known to be damp, cold spaces. For this reason, this space often goes unused as its atmosphere, as well as the threat of it flooding, prevents people from taking advantage of the extra space their basement can provide. However, having your basement waterproofed can change your basement and allow you to finish it without having to worry about moisture or flooding being an issue. This can then vastly increase the living space within your home by transforming the way you view and use your basement. Finally, your basement can become a useful, livable space.



Aside from making your basement more usable, having your basement waterproofed can also greatly improve your peace-of-mind, as you will no longer have to worry about your basement flooding during the rainy season. For many homeowners with leaky basements, their basement can become a stressing factor in their lives, as they worry about the damage and expense basement flooding could cause. Having one’s basement waterproofed can then be a great investment for these individuals as it will save them costly water damage in the future, and it will allow them to sleep easy on even the stormiest nights knowing that their basement is protected.


Higher Resale Value

An added benefit of investing in basement waterproofing is that it can actually increase the value of your home, and make your home easier to sell. Time and again homeowners who have wet, leaky basements find that they are unable to get as much as they would like for their home. Furthermore, prospective buyers may be turned off by the threat of winter flooding. Having your basement waterproofed can then make the process of selling your home much better, as homebuyers will feel more confident about purchasing your home. Additionally, finishing your basement can add an additional 10-20% to the value of your home, which is something you would not be able to accomplish without first waterproofing your basement. A wet and leaky basement can result in a variety of problems for you and your family, including costly damage to your home. Fortunately, basement waterproofing can help prevent this from happening by protecting your basement from infiltrating water and moisture. Having your basement waterproofed now can save you a great deal of time, stress, and expense this winter when the rainy season comes, so do not delay; contact us to find out about more of the reasons why you should have your basement waterproofed.

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About the Author

Matt Johnson grew up in a family of landscapers and gardeners as the grandson of Raymond Johnson (Founder, 1933, Johnson's Florist and Garden Center) and son of James and Carol Johnson (Founders, 1960, Johnson's Landscaping Service, Inc.). Since 2007, he has led Johnson's Landscaping Service with his brother, Charlie.  Matt and his wife Jaime live in Petworth in Northwest DC with their 3 sons and 2 big dogs.

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