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Waterproofing 101

Waterproofing 101

Waterproofing 101 – Your Questions Answered By A Waterproofing Contractor

Do you ever wish you had a waterproofing contractor buddy who you could call up and shoot questions to? Well, here’s the next best thing. Here are five of the most common questions that every waterproofing contractor gets asked, and answers for them.

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  1. “We don’t live in the basement; we just use it for storage. Do we really need to worry about basement waterproofing?”

    Answer – Even if you don’t ever use your basement, you should still have it waterproofed. This is not just because of water damage to stuff stored down there, but also the fact that the air moves upward. If you’ve got humid, musty air down there, it will migrate to the rest of your house and make it difficult to maintain control over your humidity everywhere.

  2. “Are mold and mildew really that dangerous?”

    Answer – Mold and mildew cause a lot more than just bad smells. Certain types of mold are highly toxic and all cause at least mild allergic reactions. When mold in the basement dries, its spores become airborne. These spores can easily be inhaled, and from there they can cause all sorts of health problems, ranging from sneezing and coughing to serious ailments like asthma and chronic fatigue syndrome.

  3. “Does waterproofing save me money on my utility bills?”

    Answer – To be honest… No. Not directly anyway. But indirectly it can make an impact. If your basement is well-protected against the elements, it will also keep your air inside. This will make some impact on your utility bill. Basement waterproofing will save you money in other ways because you’ll avoid flood damage, mold infestations, insect infestations and other water-related worries.

  4. “Should you waterproof crawl spaces?”

    Answer – Absolutely. All of the things mentioned above go for crawl spaces as well. You might want to consider crawl space encapsulation, which means completely sealing the area off from the outside. This will cut down on bugs and moisture, and it WILL save on your utility bills.

  5. “Can I do my own basement waterproofing?”

    Answer – You can. There are lots of sites on the web offering tutorials, videos and tips on doing it yourself, and you can also pick up “how to” books at your local library and bookstore. But if you’re going to do it, you need to make sure your handyman skills are up to the task. You need to be completely thorough when checking for cracks and things like that, so it’s not an easy job.

If you’re rather have it done quickly and efficiently by an expert with years of experience, hire a waterproofing contractor to get it done for you. With them, you can be absolutely sure that the job will be done right.