Basement Waterproofing Keeps More Than Just Water Away

What is the point of waterproofing your basement? Most people, when asked this question, would probably respond "to keep water out". This answer is correct, but it does fail to capture all of the benefits of waterproofing your basement. It's not just about keeping the water out. It's also about keeping away the things that the water tends to attract. Here are a few of those things.

1. Mold

Mold and moisture go hand-in-hand. Mold spores are everywhere in the air. If they land on a moist space, they will grow. Once mold grows, the number of spores in the surrounding area rises and rises, to the point that you'll probably suffer symptoms of allergies and illness in your own home. Keeping water out of your basement will keep mold out of your basement, which is definitely good for your health.

2. Termites

Almost every home has some wooden components. If these wooden components are exposed to moisture, they start rotting, and rotten wood is very appealing to termites. These insects chew and feed on wood, and they can cause substantial damage in a short time. They are also tough to get rid of with baits and pesticides, so you are better off keeping your basement dry to fend them off in the first place.

3. Cockroaches

These water-loving insects are not ones you want to see in your home. They spread foodborne illness, have common allergens in their exoskeleton, and leave nasty feces all over. They're much less likely to move in if you take action to keep your basement dry.

4. Earwigs

These creepy insects have long spikes and antennae that make them look more intimidating than they really are. They rarely bite, but they can spread disease, and you certainly don't want them in your home. They're really common in wet basements, but don't tend to invade dry spaces.

5. Rodents

Most people assume rodents move into their home in search of food. However, rodents sometimes move in because your home is a source of moisture; they need to drink, too. Keeping your basement dry will make your home less appealing to rats, mice, and even squirrels.

Waterproofing your basement is an important step to keep all sorts of other harmful critters and such away. Contact a basement waterproofing company to learn more. They can look over your home and let you know which waterproofing measures are best suited to your needs.