During the late spring, the heat starts picking up in Michigan. Not only do you get a lot of humidity during the late spring and early summer, you also get sudden rains that will drop a lot of precipitation in a short amount of time. You should waterproof your basement during the late spring so that your home can stand Michigan’s harsh weather. Not only does waterproofing protect your family’s most important investment, your home, it can also protect your family from health hazards. Here are 50 reasons why you should waterproof your basement this spring:
1. Give your family a livable space.
If your family is growing, you might think that adding an addition will give you that extra room that you need. It is often more affordable to waterproof your basement than it is to build an expensive addition onto your home.
2. Have that extra storage space you need.
Is your home’s attic or closets simply not cutting it? You don’t need to rent an extra storage unit to store your seasonal items. You can add more storage space to your home by simply waterproofing your basement. Keep your seasonal items in your home, not in a rental storage unit.
3. Sell Your Home
If you are looking to sell your home, waterproofing your basement is a surefire way to get your home on the market faster. In fact, many realtors will not list a home with leaky basement problems.
4. Protect Your Family’s Health
Black mold can cause significant health issues for people with respiratory problems. Waterproofing your basement will repair your mold issues once and for all.
5. Have a Workshop In Your Basement
If you are looking for a place to work on projects, your basement can be a great place. Waterproofing your basement can give you a personalized space to work on your favorite crafts and do-it-yourself projects.
6. Protect the Rest of Your Home
A cracked foundation can damage the rest of your home. Stress in your foundation will transfer to your home’s interior structure and will cause cracks to form in drywall and plaster on first and second floors.
7. Make a Guest Room In Your Basement
You can easily transfer that extra room in your basement into a guest room after you have a waterproofing job done. Guests can stay in your basement room and not have to worry about booking a space in a motel.
8. Don’t Let Your Pipes Crack and Freeze
If you waterproof your basement during the spring and summer months, you will have better results with your basement during the winter. Your pipes will not crack and freeze if your basement is fully waterproofed.
9. Turn Your Basement Into a Laundry Space
Many people have their laundry space upstairs in a livable space in their home. If your basement gets waterproofed, it’s a great opportunity to move your washer and dryer downstairs. Your machines can drain into your French drain outlet.
10. Turn Your Basement Into a Food Storage Area
Everyone needs that extra space to store their emergency food stores. You might have a 72-hour kit or significant food stores.
11. Decrease Pest Entry Into Your Home
Tie rod holes and cracks in your basement don’t just let in water, they also let in pests. Waterproofing your basement will help reduce the number of pests that enter into your home during the winter months.
12. Renovate Your Home
If you are planning a significant remodel of your home, it is also a good idea to consider basement waterproofing. You might be able to include the cost of basement waterproofing in second mortgage.
13. Lower Your Insurance Premium
On your home insurance, you might be able to reduce the overall cost of your premium if you invest in basement waterproofing. You might also be able to reduce the premium on your flood insurance based upon where you live.
14. Decrease Moisture Condensation In Your Basement
A comprehensive basement waterproofing solution includes dehumidifiers if you live in a humid area in Michigan. This will help protect your home’s electrical system and any electronics that you might have in your basement.
15. Decrease Wood Rot
One of the biggest issues with wet basements is that wood and drywall will rot every time your basement floods. Spring is a great time to decrease the wood rot in your home. Basement waterproofing will keep out the moisture that destroys the interior of your home.
16. Shower Space
If you have recently installed a channel drain after a basement waterproofing job, a new shower system can easily link into this new drainage method to help you make your basement more livable.
17. Reduce Heating Costs
When you waterproof your basement during the spring and summer months, you will have added value to your heating bill during the winter. Waterproofing cracks and tie rod holes in your basement will make sure that the cold stays out and help keep the heat in.
18. Increase Your Energy Savings
Not only will your heating bill go down, you might also notice an overall increase in your energy savings for the year. Waterproofing your basement will place ease on your electrical and cooling systems and also let you use your sump pump less for extra energy savings.
19. Keep Your Basement Dry 24/7
In Michigan, it is fairly common to have a sudden period of rain. If you are away from your home, you might not have time to prep your sump pump. Not only will a dry basement give you peace of mind, but you will also have the opportunity to monitor your basement 24/7 if you purchase a sump pump monitoring system.
20. It Comes With a Lifetime Transferrable Warranty.
If you waterproof your basement, you also have the option of a lifetime transferrable warranty. Not only will your basement waterproofing service be guaranteed as long as you own the home, but your next homeowner can also enjoy the protection offered by StayDry® Basement Waterproofing.