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Why You Should Hire a Professional Basement Waterproofer

Why You Should Hire a Professional Basement Waterproofer

Why You Should Hire A Professional Basement Waterproofer

If you own a home in New Jersey, you probably have basement moisture issues. NJ gets lots of rain in the spring, lots of humidity in the summer and lots of snow in the winter. If you live anywhere near the coast, you’ve got even more moisture troubles. In order to protect your home and health, you need to hire a professional basement waterproofer. NJ residents should get it done as soon as possible for the following reasons.

Moisture Loves Basements

The basement is a great place for moisture to make its way into your home. First of all, you’ve got the heavy rains, storms and snow. Every year, we have flash floods that turn people’s basements into mini-water parks.

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This is not to mention the seepage that naturally occurs as water works its way downward – straight into your basement. Most of us use our basements for storage, and it just takes a little humidity to turn some of those stored belongings into mush. Excessive humidity can also cause structural damage to your home.

Dirty Air

Some folks move to Jersey to get away from the bad air of the Big Apple, but what we don’t realize is that if you don’t waterproof your basement, you’ll be breathing in even worse stuff. A lot of the air we breathe in the house comes straight up from the basement. This includes musty smells and something even worse – mold spores. Only recently people have started to understand the damage that mold can do. It thrives in dark, cool, humid places (your basement!). When its spores become airborne, they can drift throughout the house and cause everything from minor irritations to serious health problems, especially in very young children and very old folks.

Why Not Do It Yourself?

If you search the Web, you’ll find lots of books, videos and websites with full-color pictures showing you how to do your own waterproofing. If you’ve got the handyman skills and you’re up for the challenge, go for it. But here are a few reasons why you might want to call the pros:

  • The certification it takes to become a basement waterproofer
    NJ has strict certification laws which require professional waterproofers to be skilled, trained and good at what they do.
  • Most people don’t have the experience it takes to do their own waterproofing
    The instructional videos are great, but try reading a few forums about DIY waterproofing. You’ll see person after person asking questions because something went wrong. The experience the pros have makes them ready to deal with any obstacle that comes up.
  • The pros have the tools to get it done
    If you want to do it yourself, this requires an extra investment above just the materials you need.
  • It can be a long and involved job
    Especially if you’re doing something like installing a French drain; that’s a lot of digging and pipe laying!

But if you’re up for it, give it a try. If not, you can always find a skilled, professional and reasonably-priced basement waterproofer. NJ residents shouldn’t go a month without their basement fully moisture-controlled.