Have you noticed that your furniture feels damp recently? Or do you see trickling water or condensation on your windows whenever it rains outside? These are obvious signs of water damage and water intrusion! Don’t you think it’s time to call on a Newcastle waterproofing expert?
What is waterproofing?
Waterproofing seals off and causes your building surface to be water-resistant, which makes it impenetrable by any liquid. Such a measure will prevent soil moisture, liquid water and water vapour from invading your house.
Do you have damp in your home? If so, then it's time to consider damp proofing services. Damp can lead to mould which can be detrimental for the health of anyone living in the home. Mold grows best when there is damp and warm conditions, so if you want to prevent mould from growing in your house, contact Danford, Brewer and Ives today!
Although it’s an essential process, many homeowners tend to neglect or forget waterproofing until they see standing water on the floor after a rain. However, waterproofing a house is not optional. You should do it now. Check out this list of benefits, and you’ll be surprised how important this value-adding task is for your house.
1. It helps avoid costly damage.
Prevention is always better than cure. When cracks are formed on your roof, roof leaks are inevitable during rainy seasons. At the same time, your home gets flooded, and your furniture and other parts of the house get damaged. Nevertheless, if your house is waterproofed, you can prevent these costly damages.
Damages caused by flooding account for 24% of all home insurance claims. With higher insurance claims, the premium you need to pay also becomes higher. This won’t be the case if you would decrease the risk of flooding damages by making your house waterproof.
2. It increases your property value.
If you plan on selling your home, waterproofing is one activity that you should consider doing. As it secures your house, it also adds value to it. Who wouldn’t pay a premium if you know you’re getting a home that’s free from water damage and has a lesser risk of mold and fungi? A waterproofed house also reduces maintenance cost and makes future renovation easier.
When your basement is waterproofed, your house foundation also becomes stronger. If it’s moisture-free, it becomes more livable and can be used for many purposes, giving you and the future homeowner additional space to work on.
3. It protects your family’s health.
Trapped moisture can become a breeding ground for moulds, fungi and bacteria, which are harmful. Moulds need only 24-48 hours to grow on a moist surface. Although they couldn’t be physically seen at first, prolonged exposure to them is a health hazard. Moulds and mildew can make the air quality inside the house poor and then cause respiratory diseases, breathing problems, skin irritations and other health issues. Dust mites and other pests that thrive in humid spaces can also cause allergies and other infections.
Waterproofing helps you create a healthier environment for your family. It prevents water from staying and becoming a hotbed of insects, thereby protecting your loved ones.
4. It preserves your home foundation and structural integrity.
When the soil is moist, your home footing and foundation become prone to water seepage. This seepage can cause cracks on your foundation and compromise your home’s structural integrity. Your walls and floors can also become cracked and weakened, which can result in rotting. In such a case, you should expect to find collapsed walls or sagging floors in some parts of your house. And all of these are serious and costly problems.
With waterproofing, you protect your house from seepage and the risk of damaging your property.
5. It lowers your energy cost.
When there is a leak in your basement or any part of your house, it adds to your humid indoor air. Given that humid air is more difficult to cool, your air conditioning unit is strained when used. This then increases your energy bills by 10%-15%.
On the other hand, when it’s winter and your house has cracks in its walls and foundations, cold air will still get in even when the heat is on. Waterproofing helps reduce your energy costs during the winter and summer months by decreasing or eliminating moisture intrusion.
6. It safeguards your basement in case the sump pump fails.
A sump pump is a kind of basement waterproofing as it removes water from it. A sump is a hole you carve below your basement floor, and it serves as a basin that holds the sump pump. The pump has valves that sense the increasing water level, which gets pumped out of the basement using a discharge line. A sump pump is a good waterproofing investment, but it can also break or stop working. This makes having another layer of protection using waterproofing important in case the sump pump fails to work. You wouldn’t want to wake up one day and find out your basement is flooded.
Waterproofing is important. It helps you maintain the interior and exterior of your house, as well as prevents water damages and other hazards. Consider these advantages of waterproofing your house so you can protect your property and your family.