It can be overwhelming to think about investing in waterproofing your basement. But if you’ve had leaks and water damage problems in the past, then you know that this is one part of your home that you can’t overlook. But waterproofing is more than a better-safe-than-sorry measure to protect your home. Here are some of the myths that have led people to stop taking basement waterproofing seriously, and why it is vital to the health of your home.
Myth #1: One-Size-Fits-All Treatment
The idea that any waterproofing treatment will work for any basement is one of the most prevalent misconceptions. Oftentimes, people will make the mistake of throwing on a coat of waterproof paint without inspecting the area for any underlying problems. Even professional contractors have claimed that just caulking the cracks is enough to stop any leaks. The truth is that, because every house is different, you may need a combination of treatments. This could include caulking, sealing with waterproof paint, or even adjusting the grade around your house or updating your sump pump.
Myth #2: Too Expensive
All of the things you might need to waterproof your basement can sound expensive. But a standard basement waterproofing treatment itself is usually no more than a few hundred dollars depending on the size of your basement or the size of the area that you want to waterproof. Often, you can ask about a discount for full-basement waterproofing. Many homeowners underestimate the cost of repairing water damage compared to preventing it in the first place. A flooded basement can be devastating and expensive, especially if it was a finished basement. But even just a small leak that is left to grow over the years could potentially cause costly structural problems in your home’s foundation.
Myth #3: Ineffective in the Long Run
Another big myth about basement waterproofing is that you will have spent time and money on a process that will only lead to the same amount of leaks in the future. But an experienced professional will apply the right waterproofing methods so that you should not have any further problems with your basement. Myth #1 is to blame for people not believing that basement waterproofing is high-quality and permanent. Homeowners who were told that just one treatment would take care of waterproofing their basement but experienced problems later then made the generalization that basement waterproofing as a whole is not a reliable solution. But if you cut corners, then you can’t expect long term results. The combination of all three of these basement waterproofing myths is the reason that many people choose not to take this important step to protect their home. Fortunately, it’s easy to call a professional for a basement inspection or just to get a quote before you make a decision.
Contact All Aspects Waterproofing Today for Your Waterproofing Needs
Whether you need a new sump pump installed or want to waterproof your entire basement, contact All Aspect Waterproofing, a Better Business Bureau A+ rated company with over 30 years of experience in the Washington, DC./Maryland/Virginia area. We have a great deal of experience in waterproofing, mold testing, and mold remediation, and we want to make you feel at home again. Contact us online or by calling 1-866-999-3110 or 301-766-4420. To see what we’re up to, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Houzz.