For Older Basements, Waterproofing Is A Must

While we would all love to live in a new, expensive home, the fact is that the majority of homeowners in the United States live in houses that were built 25 years or more in the past. If you're one of the many people who own an older home, then inspecting your basement to see if it needs waterproofing repairs should be high on your list of priorities.

There are a few simple and easily-spotted indicators that your home might be in need of basement waterproofing. One is damp, moist or leaking walls. Another is the growth of mold or mildew on your basement walls and floor. The last--and most serious--indicator is cracks or bows in your basement walls or flooring.

The extent of repair and preventative maintenance that your basement might need has to do with the type of damages and indicators that are present. If your older home is simply suffering from moist walls and some spots of mold, then interior basement waterproofing might solve your problem.

Interior waterproofing can be done on a relatively small budget, and doesn't usually require the expensive services of professional basement waterproofers. Simply go to your loal home improvement store and obtain some waterproofing compound and paint, and apply it to the problem areas on your basement walls and floor.

If, on the other hand, your basement is experiencing serious cracks, bowing or flooding, then you need to call a basement waterproofing company to give you an estimate on repair costs. In this case, you likely have a problem with blocked or broken footer drain tiles, and it will require excavation of your exterior foundation to fix correctly.