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4 Terrible Mistakes People Make When Dealing With Basement Water -- And How to Avoid Them

Thursday, April 24th, 2014 by Betsy Rathburn


4 Terrible Mistakes People Make When Dealing With Basement Water And How to Avoid Them - Image 1If you live in Minnesota or North Dakota, you probably know a thing or two about basement water. Whether you’ve experienced a wet basement yourself or you just know someone who has, you probably know that dealing with one isn’t pretty. Not only do you have to figure out what to do with your water-damaged belongings and how to get the water out, you also have to deal with the source of the water itself. These three issues combined make fixing a flooded basement a complicated process.

Mistake #1: Waiting too Long to Address the Problem

Because basement water problems tend to be such a headache to deal with, a lot of people put off addressing the issue. Days and weeks — even months and years — pass, and the problem never seems to go away. During every spring melt and every heavy rain, the water leaks in. Mold spreads, a musty smell takes over, and the water just keeps flowing in.

Our Solution: Deal With Problems As They Arise

If you keep waiting to deal with your basement problems, they’re just going to keep getting worse. You’ll end up spending much more time and money dealing with a problem that has been put off for months than you would have if you’d just figured out a solution from the beginning — especially if you wait so long that mold growth damages your home’s structural integrity. All it takes is one call to set the drying out process in motion.

Better yet, why not try to prevent a flood from ever forming in the first place? All foundations age, and with age comes more water problems in the basement. If you install a solution before the first drops trickle in, you’ll be one of few homeowners who never has to worry about it.

Mistake #2: Choosing a DIY Solution

We understand that doing it yourself is a rewarding choice when it comes to home improvement projects, but there’s a difference between building your own kitchen table and solving a complex basement problem. When you do it yourself, your biggest sacrifice is time. While you research the best methods and materials to use, the water in your basement will only rise. Even worse, if your solution fails, you’ll be back at square one with wasted money and no warranty.

Our Solution: Call An Expert
Sometimes a DIY approach is a great solution, but we don’t think this applies when it comes to your basement. What happens down there has an impact on the rest of the home — air quality, structural integrity, energy use — so it’s risky to not call in an expert. Your best bet is to use some of that time you would have spent researching your materials to research the best basement waterproofer in your area.

Mistake #3: Doing Nothing At All
If putting off taking action on your problem is bad, doing nothing at all is worse. All of the issues that can arise when a house has a wet basement — air pollution, humidity, water damaged belongings, structural damage — will only make living in your home more expensive and less comfortable. Your home is probably the biggest investment of your life. Do you really want to see everything you loved about it fall by the wayside because you didn’t take care of your basement?

Our Solution: Just Do It
If your wet basement plan is to do nothing, you’ve given up too soon! It not as hard as you may think to sort out your basement’s issues and dry it out once and for all. Imagine the possibilities: a dry storage space, a future finished basement, a home you don’t have to worry about. Whatever your reservations, we guarantee that if you just get the job done once and for all, you’ll be able to get back to enjoying your home in no time.

Mistake #4: Calling In the Wrong Help

Let’s face it: not all basement waterproofers are the same. There are as many opinions on the best methods and materials to finish a basement as there are basements. Unfortunately, many homeowners often neglect to do their research and end up paying big bucks for basement waterproofing that fails during the next spring flood.

Our Solution: Do Your Research

If you want the best possible solution for your basement, your best bet is to do some research. A good basement waterproofing contractor offers effective solutions and long-lasting products. A great basement waterproofing contractor offers both of those and the industry’s top waterproofing specialists, award-winning service, and scores of satisfied customers. Why settle for good when you can have great?

At Innovative Basement Authority, we work hard to make sure we can offer you the best possible waterproofing method for your home. But we want to go one step further by making sure it’s installed by experienced experts who care about keeping your basement dry. If you’re ready to get started with a great waterproofing contractor, call us today at 320-515-2200 to schedule a free estimate.

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