Few things can be more damaging to your home than excess moisture. Not only can a moist basement eventually threaten the structure of your home, but it also poses a risk to your health. Moisture leads to mold, and mold leads to all manner of respiratory issues. This is why residential waterproofing is so important. One of the simplest ways to amplify your waterproofing system is with downspout extensions. But what are they, and how can they benefit you?
What Are They?
Even if you don’t have downspout extensions, we can assume that your home has gutters. Let’s think about what they do. They collect rainwater on your roof and orient them to a particular spot (or two) on the side of your home, via a downspout. A downspout is just the vertical tube that runs parallel to the side of your home.
During heavy rain, you may have seen a big puddle of water forming under your downspout. When all this water forms right next to your house, you’re asking for a problem with water seepage into your basement.
Why Do I Need Them?
Downspout extensions do exactly what you’d expect—they extend the downspout so that rainwater comes in contact much further from your home than it would without them. This is absolutely crucial if you want to avoid a problem with moisture in your basement.
Do you live in an area with a lot of rain? Our region doesn’t have one particular ‘rainy season.’ But we are prone to some wild tropical storms and even hurricanes in the summer and fall. Sometimes, the rain can fall for days at a time. Without downspout extensions, all this rainwater will concentrate at the edge of your house. Before long, some of that water is bound to seep into your basement.
You have to take a moisture problem in your home seriously. If you let it get out of control, you’re going to have to contend with mold. If you notice your basement has a distinct ‘musty’ smell, you in all likelihood already have a mold problem. If this is the case, simply installing downspout extensions won’t fix the problem. You’ll need to contact us for mold remediation.
But once your basement’s moisture problem has been remediated, consider installing downspout extensions. They’re a simple and affordable way to improve any residential waterproofing system. Save yourself more trouble further on down the line.
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.