Chicago is known for many things: Da’ Bears, Cubs, Blackhawks, and White Sox; lots of wind; incredibly cold winters, and lots of springtime rain. These weather phenomena often lead to issues with water in the basement in the spring. If your home or business has a basement that often gets moist during the spring, it may be good to waterproof the area now. By opting to waterproof your basement now, you prevent many issues that could happen next spring.
When water makes its way in, it can leave a lot of damage in its wake. Your basement may only feel moist, smell like mildew, or just have the occasional puddle in the corner. However, there must be some type of area large enough for that water to make its way in.
On top of the water finding its way in, it only takes a small increase in moisture to have a mold or mildew problem. Breathing in the mold is incredibly dangerous for your health. Even tiny amounts can lead to issues like asthma or a compromised immune system.
If your basement regularly takes on water, you may also have some foundation issues forming. The more water comes through, the larger the issues could become with your foundation. Mortar can come out if you have bricks, or cracks could increase in size if your foundation is made of stone or cement.
For those living in a new house, you may be wondering why waterproof your basement now instead of waiting to see if there is a problem this spring. Taking a chance that your home does not flood is not a good idea. Plus, if people cleaned the basement before you bought the house, you may already have issues. It is not difficult to clean up a basement on the surface after a flood. Where the problem comes in is when the surface is all that was cleaned up. That means mold and mildew could come out and still cause trouble.