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Your Summer Basement Waterproofing Checklist for Indiana

 

Waterproofing your basement provides several benefits for your home and your family. Basement waterproofing can protect your investment, improve your property value, and safeguard your family’s health.

As the weather gets warmer and summer approaches, this is the perfect time to inspect your foundation and basement for any signs that may indicate a problem or a potential future issue.

Why Should You Waterproof Your Basement?

Your home’s foundation can become weak when exposed to moisture. Even if your area is not prone to flooding, water seeping through cracks and joints from snow melt or heavy rains can affect the structural integrity of your foundation. While your basement may not have visible signs of seepage, such as puddles after a storm, water that penetrates the foundation can lead to cracks as it expands, especially if it freezes.

Moisture build-up can make your basement damp and musty, creating the ideal environment for the growth of mold and mildew. In addition to the unpleasant musty smell, mold and mildew can significantly impact you and your family’s health. Mold and mildew caused by a damp, musty basement can cause multiple health issues such as allergies, breathing issues, asthma, and more.

Waterproofing your basement will eliminate these issues, protecting your home from flooding, mold, moisture build-up, and more.

Basement waterproofing ensures the structural integrity of your foundation, ensuring the health of your family, protecting your financial investment, increasing the value of your property and the future resale value of your home.

Summer Waterproofing and Repairs Checklist

Summer is a perfect time to have your basement waterproofed for several reasons. If you’re unsure where to start or whether your home would benefit from basement waterproofing, there are a few signs that may indicate a water issue.

  1. Visually inspect the interior and exterior of your home’s foundation for crumbling mortar, cracks, and crevices. Water always takes the path of least resistance, and even the most minor crack can lead to moisture issues.
  2. Look for evidence of water damage, such as discoloration or flaking, along the basement floor and walls. Often the first sign of a moisture issue is a slight discoloration or dark area where the walls and floor meet.
  3. Pay attention to the grading surrounding your home. Ensure that the grade sloops away from your home and carries rainwater or snow melt away from the foundation. Poor grading can cause water to flow toward your foundation, leading to standing water that may find a way inside your foundation.
  4. Check your gutters and downspouts to make sure they can effectively move water away from the foundation. Clogged gutters can cause water to run directly down the side of your home to the foundation, and downspouts should be clog-free and carry water away from yourhome.
  5. While you are checking the outside of your home, inspect your porches, patios, driveway, and any paved area for depressions that can trap and hold water. Repairing these problem areas and ensure that water flows away from your home.
  6. Inspect any water faucets that are on the outside of your home. A leaky faucet or hose connection can expose your foundation to constantly wet conditions.
  7. If your basement is equipped with a sump pump, test it to ensure it is functioning correctly and that the drain pipe carrying water to the outside is clear.

Your home is one of the most significant investments you will ever make. Protecting the integrity of your basement and foundation is critical to protecting your investment and the health and welfare of your family.

Summer is the ideal time to inspect your basement and take the steps necessary to keep it dry. At Everdry Indiana, we utilize the most advanced technology available to ensure that your basement stays dry and structurally sound. To learn more about basement waterproofing and schedule a free inspection, contact us today.

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