If you have a basement in your home that isn’t finished, you should consider having it waterproofed. Protecting your foundation is one of the best things you can do to take care of your home and waterproofing is an important part of the process. Some people who live in drier regions think they might not need basement waterproofing, but everyone can benefit from it, really.
Plus, the longer you put it off, the more risk you face in dealing with flooding, moisture and dampness in the basement, and potential mold and mildew buildup. Even if your basement is just used for storage or not used at all, it still deserves protection. Here are three reasons to consider waterproofing your basement sooner rather than later.
Basement flooding and water backup are two of the most common home insurance claims. Some home insurance policies won’t even cover this type of risk if it’s related to natural flooding (you’ll have to get flood insurance from FEMA), so you may be left holding the bill for the cleanup and replacement costs of flooding or water backup.
When you waterproof your basement, you significantly reduce the potential of these issues and their related expenses.
Waterproofing your basement can also help you save on your home insurance. This is considered a way of mitigating risk and since you’ll be less likely to file claims on basement issues, you may be eligible for a rate decrease. Plus, that newly waterproofed basement will drive up your home value and give you more equity or a better selling price if you choose to sell in the future.
When you waterproof your basement, you’re not just keeping out moisture. You’re also helping provide better temperature control with the vapor barriers and other materials that are put into place. When your basement is drafty, leaky, or not protected from the outside elements, it can affect your heating, cooling, and electricity costs in several different ways.
Your home is a big investment. Basement waterproofing is going to help you protect that investment and get more life out of your home. Who knows, maybe after you’ve finished waterproofing, you’ll be inspired to remodel and create a whole new living space! And if not, you’ll at least have the peace of mind that your home is protected. Contact Elk Grove Sewer & Plumbing to learn more!
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