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Why you need to waterproof the basement

When you think of a basement in a home, do you envision a dark, dank, smelly, musty place sporting piles of half soaked boxes of destroyed memorabilia, pests, spiders, and huge cobwebs?  Or do you think about a beautiful room for storage, a family area, a game room, or even that magical place you can call a home library, office, or man cave? A basement can be a wonderful place in your home and it does not have to be scary or off limits. You can actually create a living space by waterproofing the basement area. Here are seven advantages for doing so in the city and surrounding communities:

1. A Basement Absent of Leaks: No leaking areas means no water, no trapped moisture, no damage to the home. 

2. A Clean, Fresh-Smelling, Safe Basement: If there are no leaks in the basement, there will be no issue with excessive moisture, a mild smell, or heath problems brought about from excessive mold spores in the air. Mold can trigger issues with allergies as well, so having a mold free home, including a basement is ideal. 

3. A Pest-Free Basement Area: Bugs and pests – they both love a moist, dark, dank, isolated place to reside. With a waterproofed basement area, you do not have to worry about pests wanting to live in your lovely basement area.

4. A Solid Foundation: Your basement waterproofed will help protect the integrity of the home’s foundation. You will not have to worry about water eroding your home’s foundation and causing major issues with the structure of the house in the future. 

5. Confidence in a Sound Basement Structure: A basement that has been professionally waterproofed is equal to an incredible peace of mind. 

6. Enlarged Living/Storage Area: Finally, you can build that craft room, sewing room, ballet/dance room for your daughter, a game room for your kids, or even a play area for adults. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the best time to waterproof your basement is long before you do your full remodel. Doing so afterwards only leads to fixes that are more expensive in the future.

7. Improved Home Air Quality: The moisture that is trapped in a basement is an open invitation to mold, mold spores, mildew, rot, and alternative allergens that will continue to thrive in the dark and damp basement. Since 50 percent of the home air comes from the basement, making sure it is clean and free of pests and unwanted molds, mildews, and allergens, it is best to waterproof the entire area.

If you want to waterproof your Ottawa home but are unsure how to do it, make sure that you call the professionals at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services. They will be able to guide you through the process.

Give us a call today: 613 791 5777 for a free upfront estimate!