Keeping Basements Dry Protects Homeowners’ Investments

One of the most important ways for homeowners to protect their prized investment is to prioritize keeping their basements waterproof and dry. In the current economic climate of high taxes, high inflation, and increased costs, it is more important than ever for homeowners to do all they can to save money and maximize their home’s value.

Water damage can cause mold growth, wall deterioration, and foundation issues. This can compromise the structural integrity of a home. Water damage can lead to cracks, flaking, and crumbling, along with walls bowing and shifting. A wet basement can also increase humidity levels in the home, driving up utility costs. 

Protecting a home’s value is an ongoing process. Some home improvement projects may seem more glamorous or important than others but consider basement waterproofing as one project that needs prioritized. A properly maintained and waterproofed basement sends a strong message to potential future buyers that an investment into the long-term health of the property has been made. 

Keeping a basement dry can also protect valuable belongings and possessions, maintain good air quality, lower insurance premiums, increase living space, and help provide peace of mind. 

Common signs of water-related issues or damage in your basement include: 
  • Water stains on walls or floors
  • Musty odors
  • Damp or wet walls
  • Standing water
  • Rotting wood
  • Peeling wallpaper or paint
  • Rust or corrosion
  • Bubbling drywall
  • Cracks in wall or floor
  • Deteriorating concrete
  • Sweating windows
  • Warped or buckling floor
  • Stained or deteriorating carpet
  • Rotten cardboard boxes
  • Insects or pests present
  • Sump pump constantly running 
Steps you can take to prevent basement water issues or fix problems that arise include: 
  • Inspect exterior of home for water entry points
  • Seal cracks and gaps in foundation walls
  • Install interior drainage system to direct water away from basement
  • Apply waterproof coating to interior walls and floors
  • Use a dehumidifier to maintain proper humidity levels
  • Install gutters and pipe drainage to re-route water away from the foundation
  • Install a sump pump with a battery-operated backup
  • Install a French drain system
While many waterproofing projects can be handled by a family friend, handyman, or weekend warrior, it’s important to consult a professional contractor for larger projects and to make sure repairs are handled by licensed professionals. Consultation and review with the Better Business Bureau and/or Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) can assist with finding accredited and licensed contractors in good standing.