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Dreaming of a Usable, Livable Basement? You Can Have It!

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It is never fun to live in a home knowing that what lies beneath your ground floor is neither usable nor stable.

At any time, the basement or crawl space could take on water, develop mildew and mould or attract a family of local wildlife to spend the winter.

You don’t want to go down there and yet you can’t just forget it exists. Neither your wallet nor your home’s resale value will thank you later for ongoing neglect.

Here, we are happy to share good news. It is more affordable than you might think to give your basement a much-needed overhaul so that it becomes not just usable but livable – even inviting. Read on to find out how!

Confronting the Inevitable Basement Moisture Head-On

In nearly every case, the typical basement’s number one problem is moisture. In short, the average basement has far too much of it.

This is because the basement is located underground. Even in very dry areas, the basement will always have more humidity than the house aboveground because it’s surrounded by soil rather than air.

Soil holds moisture well and when it becomes saturated, that moisture is going to seek a way out. When it does, it will run smack-dab into your concrete basement walls. Concrete is a naturally porous material that becomes even more so as it dries.

Water needs only the tiniest micro-fissure’s worth of invitation to slip inside your basement walls, following the fissure as far as it can.

When the next freeze comes, trapped water will freeze inside and take up more space, pushing the fissure wider apart. In the following thaw, the water will continue on its journey, which will eventually end inside your basement itself.

This process is inevitable – to the point where the insurance industry predicts that 98 percent of all basements will eventually take on water.

3 Ways It Pays to Upgrade Your Basement

We realize that statistics like these are never easy or pleasant to hear. Yet they do carry with them an invitation, and a money-saving one, at that. These are three confirmed ways you get paid by investing in finishing your basement or crawl space.

1. 30 percent increase in home resale value

According to Angie’s List, your home value escalates by an automatic 30 percent after you invest in affordable basement waterproofing.

So whatever your home is worth today, add 30 percent to that as your future reward for upgrading your basement now.

2. Decrease in homeowners insurance policy premiums

The average insurance claims payout for a flooded basement is between $30,000 and $50,000. So you can bet that the average insurance company will happily reduce your premiums once you have taken the step of waterproofing basement walls from inside.

As well, as a general rule of thumb, homeowners insurance doesn’t cover (non-storm) flooding that can be traced back to homeowner negligence.

If your basement carries a known flooding risk and you don’t do anything to keep your basement well maintained against potential water damage, you risk opening a claim only to have it denied.

3. Decreased doctor bills and sick days

The optimal humidity range for any livable space is between 30 and 50 percent. As this chart highlights, this is also the zone in which common health problems are least likely to occur or worsen.

With an overly humid basement sitting just below your home, the entire ecosystem of your home is thrown off. An unfinished basement or crawl space with chronic moisture problems can invite mould spores, mildew, bacteria, radon gas, mites, pests and other known toxins to invade your home as well.

If anyone in your family suffers from recurrent respiratory issues, allergies, asthma, bronchitis or bouts of cold and flu, it is highly likely your damp, humid, unfinished basement is playing its part in this. Protecting your basement protects your home, family and wallet.

Steps to Waterproof Your Basement Now

These are the simple steps to waterproof and transform your basement.

1. Prepare your basement by making repairs

The first step to waterproof your basement is always to prepare it. This includes removing anything you wish to keep so we can come in and evaluate your basement for repair needs.

The most common repair needs include repairing cracks and sealing structural joints, cleaning out clogged window wells or floor drains, cleaning and repairing the sump pump system and remediating any mould or mildew that is present.

2. Add or improve drainage and insulation

If window wells and/or drains are missing, these may need to be installed to properly route any incoming moisture away from the basement and your home itself.

If your existing sump has no backup system that can run during a power outage, we can remedy that at the same time.

Often, the homeowner also chooses to have basement-grade insulation installed. This special type of insulation is moisture-resistant, energy efficient and long-lasting. It will lower your energy bills and provide you with a lovely, livable basement space.

3. Apply the waterproofing treatment

Once this step is done, it is time to waterproof your basement (the crawl space equivalent is encapsulation).

The waterproofing treatment itself typically takes only one to two days to complete. It is really quite fast!

Once this step is complete, you can leave your basement as is or move along to finish it out into a usable, livable space.

Get in Touch

Are you ready to boost your home’s resale value, lower your homeowners insurance premiums and provide yourself with peace of mind and a livable basement space? We can help!

Contact us online or give us a call at 1-866-875-6664.

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