A wet basement is a nasty, unsightly thing – but if moisture gets in, it can make you afraid to go in the basement at all. You may find you’re not alone down there. You may have the company of large spiders, leeches, or even snakes. That’s one major reason to keep your basement dry.
Wet basements can also breed mold spores that become a health risk, or fungi! Imagine going downstairs to a basement full of mushrooms-and not the kind that are good for dinner!
The Probability and Risks of Water Damage
Your home is probably one of the 98 percent of American homes at risk for basement water damage. This accounts for almost 27 percent of all insurance claims for damage to homes in the U.S. Your best solution is a basement floor moisture barrier.
What Types of Moisture Barriers Are There?
A range of different materials can provide your basement with optimal protection. Ceramic tile is among the best, or possibly vinyl, which can be made to look like stone, wood, or ceramic. Consider avoiding organic materials that can warp, buckle, or swell if the basement is not just damp, but actually floods in severe weather. Home improvement experts can provide you with a number of different ideas for how to protect your property in one of its most vulnerable areas.
Be Proactive, Plan Ahead
The time to protect your basement from moisture is before a problem sets in and becomes a costly repair. Waterproof paint by itself is not the answer. Settle on just this and you’re sure to have an expensive problem down the line. Carefully check out the reputation of any company you hire to waterproof your basement. And remember one solution doesn’t fit every house. Wall crack injections and sump pumps may also be things you need. Invest in comprehensive protection for your single biggest investment: your home.