Why Waterproof your Basement?

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If your business or residential property has a basement then you’re probably already aware that leaks and water damage are part and parcel of such a space. This in turn can lead to dangerous unhealthy developments like mould. A leaky or wet basement is no good for your health and in business terms is simply unacceptable. To ensure your basement remains safe and healthy you should use a professional waterproofing company to extract any water and prevent any more from entering the area.


The problem is that a leaky basement cause can be treated on a day to day basis but this isn’t cost effective or a long-term solution. Looking to the long term anybody with a basement that’s prone to leaks or has been water damaged should consider preventative treatment to ensure it doesn’t happen again  and the best form of preventative treatment is waterproofing. Once the process is complete there is no need for continual repairs.


Below are some of the ways that basement waterproofing can benefit your property.

Protect the Foundations

The foundation of your home is at risk from leaks to your basement. It is built to last a lifetime but a water damaged basement can weaken these foundations. This can be extremely dangerous and needs to be treated straight away by a professional. If you preventatively waterproof your basement you can have peace of mind when it comes to your property’s foundations.

Protect your Belongings

The majority of basements, both commercially and residentially, are used as storage spaces. Some people choose to use it as a workable living space, as an additional guest room or office. However, if your basement is damp in anyway then you run the risk of having anything kept in this space damaged permanently. If you want to use your basement as a living space or even for storing your items it is essential the area is fully waterproofed and then all your belongings will be kept dry.

Avoid Mould and Mildew

Damp areas such as your leaky basement are prime breeding grounds for dangerous moulds and mildew. The growth of moulds and mildew can result in health problems for you and your family. They’re specifically problematic if you have anyone in your family with allergies or asthma. The key risk from mould and mildew is to your respiratory system and for the sake of your health leaks and damp should be dealt with immediately.

Avoid Insect Infestation

Like with the mould and mildew problem, damp, warm conditions are perfect breeding grounds for many different insects. An infestation can be dangerous for your health and is generally not the kind of thing anybody wants going on in their home.

Increase Property Value

The value of your home is dependent on its quality. Homeowners can use their property as collateral for further financial investments and therefore its value is important. A leaky or damp basement does not reflect well on your home as a whole and will result in a decreased value. Damp proofing your basement is beneficial if you want to use your home as collateral or move in the future.

The points above clearly demonstrate the benefits of waterproofing and how your basement being waterproof can protect your health and increase your home’s value amongst other things.


Colin Marlowe is a damp proofing consultant from Trowbridge. He specialises in basement waterproofing in residential properties.