Homeownership is the dream of countless Marylanders. But it comes with big responsibilities. Your home will require regular upkeep and careful attention to ensure it’s safe. One of the biggest scourges of homeowners comes in the form of water damage, which poses a threat to both your health and your home. But a proper basement waterproofing system can eliminate these threats. Here are 4 essential components of a well-waterproofed basement.
There’s no more iconic component of a basement waterproofing system than your sump pump. There are countless different models available on the market, and many of them have dramatically different benefits and drawbacks.
Just about everyone in Maryland has heard of a sump pump. But do you know what it does? Essentially, it collects water in a pit in the center of your basement, and directs it outside to where it can’t cause any harm. Without a good sump pump, your basement waterproofing system can only be so effective!
Dehumidifiers might not be an essential part of your basement waterproofing system. But they’re a great supplement that we believe every Maryland homeowner should have. Even with proper waterproofing, basements are inherently damp environments. Without a dehumidifier, all this moisture in the air could result in mold that would require the intervention of a specialist to remediate.
Adding a dehumidifier to your basement will help to guarantee mold doesn’t build up in your home.
Gutters and downspouts are easily among the most familiar components of waterproofing found on Maryland homes. Similar in some respects to an above-ground equivalent of the sump pump, what they do is direct water off of your roof and into your yard.
But for some homes, simple gutters and downspouts aren’t enough. They need downspout extensions, too. What these do is direct the water even further away from your home so that it can’t seep into your basement. If you’ve noticed a pool of water forming under your downspout, then downspout extensions might be the solution.
It’s nice to let a little natural light into your basement. But if your basement has windows, they better be watertight. Anything short of perfectly watertight windows provides the perfect avenue for water to enter your home and cause damage. No basement waterproofing system can function with a weak link in the chain in the form of your windows.
Do you have window wells? If so, you might want to invest in window well covers to keep out rain and other debris that might accumulate there.
With these 4 components, your basement waterproofing system is bound to be a success.
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, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Houzz.