The basement is just not one of those parts of the house that a homeowner thinks about all the time. This is the case until something bad happens down there for instance the foundation is damaged due to rot or there is a serious problem like mold or rodents. Then they panic and wonder why they never went down there occasionally.
Even though the basement might not be one of your living spaces, you need to give it as much attention as the rest of the house. The following are some reasons why you need to give your basement more attention than you do and waterproof it.
1. To keep you and your family healthy
You might not know it yet but having a dump and musty basement may cause you and your family health problems. Excess moisture in your basement is a perfect growing environment for mold and mildew. Mold and mildew release spores into the air, which then moves to the rest of the house carried by the warmer air from the basement. Your family then inhales the spores and with time, they develop respiratory complications.
2. Save money for utility bills
Everybody would like to save on some cash wherever they can. Waterproofing your basement provides you with a great opportunity to save a lot of money in your utility bills. Damp air in your basement increases the heating and cooling energy used in your house since heating damp air requires more energy than heating dry air. By waterproofing your basement, you reduce the level of dampness in your house and in so doing reduce the level of energy consumption. This will eventually reflect in your utility bills.
3. Make use of dead space
With time, we collect items that we have used often but no longer use too frequently today. We may not be willing to get rid of them as we still use them occasionally and may need them in the future, or want to sell them sometime later. We definitely need to store them somewhere before that time comes. Why pay for storage out of the house when we can utilize the dead space in the basement? Remodel and waterproof the basement and you have yourself the perfect storage room.
4. Raise the value of your home
A messy basement reduces the value of your home as it shows the house might one day cave in. A well taken care of basement shows responsibility and will increase the value of your house should you ever want to sell it in the future. Even if you do not plan to sell it, you can turn it into a living space like an entertainment room or game room.
5. Gain peace of mind
Natural occurrences like rains and floods may pose a threat to your house if your basement is not waterproofed. Since you have no control over floods and rains, you should prevent them from harming you by waterproofing. The damage that comes from the excessive buildup of moisture in your basement resulting from the rains may cost you a lot of money unnecessarily.