Basement Waterproofing: Is it for the Experts?

by: Donna Kshir

Most newly constructed homes come equipped with a finished basement and the benefits are quite rewarding to the homeowners. These homeowners have little issues with dampness, wetness, mold, mildew and foul smells. However, many people prefer the choice of an older home that offers the look and feel they desire, but a lot of older homes do not have a waterproofed or finished basement. A damp basement can be a nightmare, but a dry, clean basement is a homeowner’s dream; as it greatly increases the amount of storage and living space, and the value of a home.

Your basement can be used for storage and redesigned as a home office, bedroom, or family room or playroom for your children; but first it should be waterproofed.

Why is Basement Waterproofing Important?

Water leakage is a very common problem among homeowners, but this dilemma can be solved by hiring the right contractor and following a few easy steps.

Basement waterproofing is a positive measure used to prevent, and hopefully stop, water from entering into the basement of your home. In order for waterproofing to be successful, the space must be properly drained and sealed.

Although basement waterproofing is common, there are areas of your basement that are more prone to flooding than others, especially where there is a buildup of ground water. 

Can I Waterproof My Own Basement?

Many homeowners try to take matters into their own hands and try to solve their water issues, but many times these homeowners resort to over the counter waterproofing methods. Paints and sealants may be cheap, but their effect is very short term and end up costing the homeowner more time and money in the long run.

How Does a Leaky Pipe or Slow Drip Affect My Basement? 

A leaky pipe, big or small, or a slow but steady drip can and will rob your home of a comfortable, dry basement. Experts suggest performing monthly maintenance or regularly scheduled inspections, checking all areas of your home, especially those that are exposed to water; the kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, and basement. 

Keep in mind; even the smallest of leaks or drips has the tendency to create concrete-eroding puddles. These puddles can occur in a short amount of time with very little effort from the water source.

Make sure to fix all drips or leaks immediately. For those not familiar with plumbing, it is best to contact a professional plumber who can evaluate the situation, give his expert opinion and tell you the best method to take to prevent any structural damage to your foundation. It is best to fix the problem before it becomes too large and costly.

Even More Benefits

A waterproofed basement prevents water damage, bad smells and odors, and mold and mildew. A wet basement can cause side effects and health issues; breathing difficulties, topical skin irritations, and allergies in some adults and children.


A good waterproofing expert will examine your basement and recommend the best and most cost efficient way to solve the problem. Some waterproofing contractors give a free estimate, discuss your options, and give plenty of time to make the best decision.

The experts at Basement Systems Vancouver are the specialist for you! They offer free estimates for basement waterproofing in Vancouver BC and nearby!


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