Of all homes with basements, over 98% will experience some type of water damage. That’s why more and more homeowners are investing in crawl space dehumidifiers and other basement waterproofing systems to keep the foundation of their homes as dry and protected as possible. But before you determine whether or not a crawl space drain system or waterproofing system is the right investment for your home, it’s important to understand the truth behind the countless myths that can make it hard to know what’s fact and what’s just fiction. Here are just a few of the most common myths you’ll hear regarding basement and crawl space waterproofing.
Even the best waterproofing job won’t keep your basement or crawl space completely dry.
First and foremost, this myth is dangerous and can lead to further water issues or even mold in your home. The fact is, a professional waterproofing job performed with professional-grade materials should keep the area completely dry. If anyone tries to tell you that it’s simply not possible to keep a basement or crawl space entirely dry, they’re quite misinformed. Don’t let moisture in your basement or crawl space go unattended — this can lead to mold buildup, and according to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) 100% of all types of mold have the potential to cause some health effects. This can be minor to severe and even death in some rare cases.
Basement and crawl space waterproofing is a one-size-fits-all solution.
This may be true if every single basement was exactly the same, but each and every basement and crawl space is slightly different from the next, meaning there’s no one-size-fits-all solution that will work for all of them. While some basements or crawl spaces may need major renovations and waterproofing systems, others may be fixed with a simple dehumidifier installation. It’s important to get professional insight regarding your basement’s specific structural elements before determining which basement waterproofing method is best for your home.
Basement waterproofing is too costly for most homeowners.
Finally, this myth is what prevents countless homeowners from taking action and protecting the structural integrity of their homes each year. The fact is that there are many different of basement and crawl space moisture removal systems, and even with a tight budget, there’s bound to be a solution that’s right for you. Don’t let perceived costs keep you from reaching out for a consultation.
Ultimately, understanding the truth behind these myths is the key to determining which basement waterproofing systems are right for you. For more information about basement and crawl space waterproofing, contact Dry-Tek Environmental.