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Why Waterproofing Is Important
July 02, 2022
Waterproofing can be the difference between a happy home and a terrifying problem. In areas with heavy precipitation, this is one of the most crucial steps to take when fortifying or inspecting your home. Without waterproofing damage to your belongings would be the least of your worries. Rot and mold can creep into your house’s foundation and jeopardize the structure itself long-term. In addition, many signs of leakage in your foundation can cause harmful medical conditions to your family and yourself.
Waterproofing can be done by installing a sump pump, implementing a Weeping Tile System, or other waterproofing strategies. Many materials for home construction that see a lot of weather are weather-resistant and waterproof as a default, but it’s not always enough. During the winters (especially in the Greater Toronto Area) ice dams and snowmelt can overload the waterproofing on your siding and roofing materials. At this point, you should have waterproofed your home.
Here are some reasons that you should be waterproofing your home:
Prevent Expensive Repairs
Repairs to the foundation and structure of your home can run very expensive and take a long time. Damage to your belongings can hurt, especially when they’re sentimental or heirlooms. Unfortunately, many people only figure this out after their basement floods. In addition, if the damage is done to your structure in the walls, roof, or foundation, those elements of the home pose a danger to the people living in the home. A wall or roof could cave in onto someone unsuspecting and it could mean replacing whatever part of your structure breaks entirely.
If you don’t want to spend thousands of dollars and months on repairs to your otherwise nice home, you may want to consider waterproofing.
Avoid Structural Damage
The structural integrity of your home should be reliable. You should not be worried about the disaster of home collapse or about whether you would need to bulldoze the home entirely due to foundational issues. Cracks in the foundation of your structure can occur from water damage during floods and everyday life. These risks can be minimized by installing waterproofing in some form, and water management like a sump pump or a weeping tile system.
If you want to avoid replacing your foundation or risking a collapse in your home, you should consider waterproofing.
Lower Your Utilities
Heating and cooling your home cost more when you don’t waterproof your home. Leaks in your structure from water can cause an increase in humidity and pump in the outside temperature, regardless of the time of year. With outside elements moving in, your utility bills are bound to be far higher than they would be otherwise.
If you want to keep your energy bills lower, you may want to consider waterproofing.
Increase Your Home’s Value
A waterproofed home is worth some extra money! If you’re planning on eventually reselling your home this simple project can increase your house’s valuation by a lot. People are looking to buy homes that will not require a lot of work in the near future, and homes that are not waterproofed can be big trouble. Floods, common well-water buildup, and potential rot in the home are all at the forefront of buyers’ minds.
In this market, you want to make sure you’re getting the best bang for your buck when moving. The best way to do that is waterproofing.
Saves On Insurance Claims
Did you know that 20% of all home insurance claims are on water damage or flooding? You can save yourself some money on your insurance payments by taking that factor out of play entirely. Getting your home waterproofed immediately assures your insurance company that you will not suffer from this common damage claim, and they can cut you a deal because of it.
Protects Your Finished Basement
If you finished your basement, you are likely attached to the space and use it frequently! However, since your basement is also your foundation it means that any water damage that goes through your foundation will also hurt your basement. You wouldn’t want to repair the walls or floors or replace any expensive equipment in there!
Prevents Mold From Growing
Mold and rot can grow in a water-compromised basement within 24 to 48 hours of exposure. Mold is a serious home condition and can cause critical illness in family members, the onset of allergies, and long-term conditions. The easiest way to prevent this terrifying attack on your family? Waterproof your home to stop it from ever getting in!
Reduces Repair Costs
Repair costs on your home can be magnified by unexpected water damage. Something as simple as changing a valve or installing an addition can skyrocket in price and time needed as contractors realize the extent of water damage in a home. House flippers run a risky operation mostly because there is a chance that a home they buy is so infected by mold, rot, and water damage that it is beyond saving.
All these factors are worth considering when thinking about waterproofing your home. A sump pump or weeping tile system work great, but there’s always a chance that they fail or back up. It’s worth it to have a little bit of armor from water in addition to those methods. By waterproofing your home you are making it safe for you and your family.
If you would like to waterproof your home, reach out to GJ MacRae for more information and to set an appointment