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There are a lot of misconceptions out there about leaky basements and foundation damage. Some people think it’s not really a big deal, and others believe that foundation repair means you need an entirely new foundation (it doesn’t). There are, however, some incredibly sobering facts about your basement and home’s health and how water damage can affect you and your family.

Fact #1: Mold Can Grow In A Day

One of the reasons that you must act quickly when you discover leaking or moisture in your basement is mold growth. If you find mold in your home, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve had water damage forever; actually, mold growth can happen quite rapidly. Whether it’s from severe flooding or simply a little condensation, you can start seeing nasty formations of mold after just 24 hours from exposure. If you think that water damage is something you can just deal with later on, keep in mind that you could be inviting health-hazardous mold into your home if you don’t take immediate action.

Fact #2: Waterproof Paint Doesn’t Waterproof

Let’s call waterproof paint what it really is, shall we? Water resistant paint. We’ve seen too many people tricked into thinking that a few layers of waterproof paint in their basement will do the trick and keep their home and belongings dry. This paint can be useful in preventing water from absorbing into the walls or other surfaces, but it’s no replacement for calling a professional to waterproof your basement, inside and out.

Fact #3: Basement Waterproofing Isn’t As Expensive As You’d Think

Does a good basement waterproofer come cheap? No. But remember that your home is probably the single most expensive thing you own, and it’s worth your while to invest in it. You’ll keep it in great condition, make it safe and enjoyable for your family to live in, and increase its resale value.

Additionally, while you’ll be whipping out the checkbook for basement waterproofing, you’ll be doing just the same when you have to replace damaged furniture, get rid of mold, or hire someone to repair your foundation. All of these can be prevented with the investment of basement waterproofing.

Fact #4: There’s No One Proven Method

Any contractor that will tell you their work is one size fits all should send up red flags. The truth is, every single situation is different. Every basement will have a different square footage and be facing any number of problems and a good contractor, like Family Waterproofing Solutions will design a plan of action specifically for your home. The way to waterproof your home will be just as unique as the home itself. If you’re interested in discussing your basement waterproofing options and getting a free quote, call us today at (866) 851-8822.


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  • Tyler Meredith
    April 20, 2017, 10:07 pm REPLY

    It’s interesting that basement waterproofing isn’t as expensive as a lot of people think. I didn’t realize that even though it’s not a cheap process, the money you save from flood damage and clean up would pay off very quickly in areas like mine. I’ll have to look into having the basement waterproofed just so we don’t get more flooding like we did last year.

  • Kylie Dotts
    June 14, 2017, 11:13 pm REPLY

    I like how you said that your home is the most expensive thing you own and that it’s worth investing in. The best way to invest in and take care of your home is little things like basement waterproof to make sure you are prepared for any situation. Being prepared is a great way to keep your house in liveable shape so you don’t have to do expensive repairs or have to move because of damages done during a flood.

  • LNWeaver
    June 19, 2017, 8:28 pm REPLY

    I didn’t know mold could start growing in 24 hours. I guess it’s a prolific little microbe. Mold can be really dangerous if you inhale its spores, so it might be beneficial to get basement waterproofing. You won’t give it a chance to harm you that way.

  • Cheektowaga Plumber
    June 23, 2017, 12:13 pm REPLY

    Thank you for sharing these facts, No. 4 especially. There are many ways to solve the problem of a wet basement, some more expensive than others and some that will be better given the condition of your basement.

  • Derek Dewitt
    July 26, 2017, 3:19 pm REPLY

    My wife and I are remodelling our basement and want to make sure the final product is safe from water damage. I’m glad you dispelled the myth about water-proof paint only being water-resistant. Like you said, there is no one method to use because of the wide variety of basements, but we aren’t going to try using paint to do the job. Thanks for sharing!

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