There are so many ways ridding your home of leaking water and other problems has a positive impact on your living environment. Here are just a few perks:
- Better Health and Quality of Life
Mold loves damp and dark places like wet basements, so you also could be sharing your home with this toxin. More than half the air you breathe inside your home comes from areas like the basement underneath your main living space. Because of the stack effect – an airflow pattern inside a structure from bottom to top – whatever is in your basement also is circulating in the air through the rest of the house and affecting you. So, if there’s mold and dust mites in your basement, these culprits could be making your loved ones sick. Mold growth can lead to and worsen health conditions like asthma and allergies. Keep your family healthy by eliminating possible water intrusion and mold growth. Having a reliable dehumidifier also will help keep moisture and humidity in check and help improve the overall air quality in your home.
- Protected Structural Integrity
A wet basement also could be a structurally unstable basement. Water could be finding its way inside through wall cracks and gaps, which also means the home’s safety could be at risk. This is particularly true in block foundation walls. Water can easily saturate and seep through the porous material and find its way inside through any crack or gap. If water has nowhere to go, it starts building up inside the walls. Along with hydrostatic pressure, this results in an unsafe mess for your foundation walls and basement floor. Don’t expose your loved ones to an environment that could cave in at any moment. When your basement is properly waterproofed, you are ensuring a longer lifetime for your home.
- Improved Energy Efficiency
Below-grade areas like basements are naturally damp and cool, and those with leaking water tend to experience more of a decrease in temperature. This leads to the floors above the basement feeling cold, and it demands more running time for your furnace. And high humidity levels also cause the air conditioning to struggle and run more in warmer months. All of this can put a strain on your HVAC system, and constant operation can cause your energy bills to be very high. Quit wasting money on heating and cooling bills. Instead, invest in trusted waterproofing solutions that will save your home and your wallet in the long run.
- Increased Real Estate Value
Many factors can impact the real estate/resale value of your house, but it’s important for you to be aware of the condition of your home regardless. Homes with problems like wet basements can decrease property value by an average of 10%. By having trusted waterproofing solutions installed, you’re ensuring your home’s health and value for today and tomorrow. This also shows potential buyers that you care about your home and the finer details. A clean, dry home is more attractive to home buyers as opposed to a house with leaks and mold. So, as a homeowner selling your house in North Dakota, Minnesota, or Montana, you must fill out a residential disclosure form noting any known issues with leaks, mold, flood damage and waterproofing. This sets clear expectations regarding the quality and condition of the home.
The Cost of Wet Basement Repair
So, how much is this all going to cost and can I really afford it. This is by far the most common concern raised by homeowners when it comes to basement waterproofing. And for good reason. Your home is the most significant investment you’ll ever make, and it’s important to make sure you’re protecting it with the best, cost-effective solutions.
Homeowners can typically expect to spend an average of $4,000 on basement waterproofing, with various projects ranging from $2,000 to $10,000. The return on investment from basement waterproofing is estimated to be around 30 percent. That being said, the many benefits of repair, not to mention peace of mind, are priceless.
Every home is unique, and each project calls for different solutions. We will customize solutions specific to your repair needs. Your inspector will take into consideration your repair goals, the severity of damage or problem areas, square footage, and your budget. There is no “one size fits all” fix. What may have worked for your neighbor’s home may not necessarily be what your house needs.
Along with educating yourself, the best step you can take is contacting us for an expert opinion. We will not try to throw bandages on the problems, push you to buy unnecessary products, or offer sub-standard quick fixes.
We’ll Use Custom, Proven Solutions for A Dry Basement
Because we are committed to you, and your family’s health and safety, we only use the very best products that are tested and proven to protect your home and keep it dry. The solutions we install are manufactured right here in the United States, and they are designed to work together to provide complete basement protection and give you the most bang for your buck. Our basement consultants will work with you to design the best basement waterproofing system to uniquely fit for your home’s repair needs.
Here are the solutions and how they work:
- Interior Drainage – The most effective basement waterproofing method involves interior drainage. Our specially designed BasementGutter™ system is placed throughout the basement’s perimeter in the sub-floor. It collects leaking water from the walls and floor, and then channels this water to a sump pump system. There are other variations of interior drainage systems we offer, and another popular one is the grated-drain system that can be placed in the floor in front of the stairways or entryways. These sections can easily be tied into the rest of the perimeter BasementGutter™ system.
- Sump Pumps – Once the leaking water has been intercepted, it needs somewhere else to go. Our interior drainage systems direct this water unseen into a reliable sump pump system. From there, the pumping system removes the water from the basement through discharge lines directed outside. We have a variety of SafeDri™ sump pumps available to best fit your waterproofing needs.
- Dehumidifier – Another piece of properly waterproofing your home involves controlling moisture and conditioning the air. We’ll install a powerful, but energy-efficient dehumidifier to control moisture and humidity, clean and filter the air, and reduce odors and the potential for mold growth. Unlike conventional dehumidifiers, our unit is self-draining and can be directed to drain into a perimeter drainage or sump pump system.
- Frozen Discharge Line Prevention – Exterior discharge lines, like those from sump pumps, can sometimes freeze or become blocked. This means water can flow back into or flood your basement, defeating the purpose of having a waterproofing system. But our special FreezeGuard™ outlet can be attached to the exterior sump pump discharge line to allow water to continue flowing out of the line.
- Vapor Barrier – Another way to prevent problems with water and mold is to install a vapor and moisture barrier. Our WallSeal™ liner typically is used for crawl space encapsulations, but it has other practical uses. This thick and durable liner also can be used on basement walls and floors to help with waterproofing and improving the appearance of the area.
So, what’s holding you back from having a dry, safe and healthy home? Now that you’re armed with knowledge about why your basement is leaking and what can be done to fix it, why not let a trusted contractor protect your most valuable asset – your home? The expert team at Innovative Basement Authority is eager to help you create a safer and healthier living environment!