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Basement Waterproofing New Jersey: What to Avoid

Basement Waterproofing New Jersey: What to Avoid

Everybody in New Jersey wants to keep their basement free of moisture problems, water problems and mold. But there are so many myths and misconceptions about basement waterproofing New Jersey out there that people mistakenly believe. Here are a few of the ones I hear a lot.

Waterproofing Paint Isn’t Waterproofing

Many NJ homeowners make the mistake of thinking waterproofing paint is all you need to seal up your basement against the humidity. The truth is that waterproofing paint is essentially just a thicker version of paint. It has some limited ability to fight moisture, but that’s about it. It doesn’t get to the root of the problem, which is seepage. Moisture will wear the paint away and, in fact, paint can even contribute to your mold problems by giving mold a great place to grow.

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Airing Out the Basement

Lots of people think that ventilating the basement and letting a little air in will dispel the demons of moisture. Unfortunately, this is usually not the case. You might air your basement out after a heavy rain or mold removal. But if you want to keep your basement cool and dry, you should keep it sealed up from the elements. Opening the windows will let the air in, but this is the kind of moist, humid air you don’t want down there.

Set Dehumidifier and Forget

Dehumidifiers are great for drying the air in your home and they can be used very effectively to keep humidity levels down, especially in crawl spaces. But simply running a dehumidifier in your basement isn’t going to keep it moisture-free. It may help, but it won’t get to the root of the problem. All you’re doing is running up your energy bill. You need to prevent moisture from getting in first, and then regulate moisture levels.

The Crawl Space Conundrum

New Jersey homeowners often forget the importance of the crawl space in keeping homes dry and healthy. That space under your house is extremely important for its health. Crawl spaces can get exceedingly humid and this moist air moves straight up into the house. This includes mold spores as well, so it’s a critical area to keep dry.

Letting Gutters Go

Your home’s gutter and drainage system is also extremely important for keeping water out of your basement. Don’t let your gutters go. Your drainage system takes all of that water from New Jersey’s heavy rains and moves it away from your house, starting at roof-level. Make sure gutters are unclogged, drain pipes point away from the house, and your landscaping doesn’t slope down toward your foundation and allow water to pool there.

Do It Yourself

Don’t try to do everything yourself if you’re not sure you can handle it. You can save money doing your own basement waterproofing only if you know exactly what you’re doing. It’s not as easy as a DIY kit makes it sound. If you make mistakes, it’ll end up costing you more later on when you have to hire professionals to fix things.

The biggest mistake you can make is to not do anything about your basement water problem. In New Jersey, we have heavy rains and high humidity. That’s why basement waterproofing New Jersey is always a big deal for homeowners.