Moisture in one’s basement is a sign of trouble that no homeowner wants to see. Unwanted moisture often leads to mold, mildew, and unhealthy air quality throughout the home. It can also lead to the deterioration of things in the basement, such as woodwork, floor coverings, furniture, stored items, and more. Basement moisture comes to light whenever there is an official home inspection, and makes it difficult to sell or refinance one’s home. The way moisture enters a basement is either through a direct leak, or by seeping in through the exterior walls, through cracks in the floor, or via tie holes. Wise homeowners use moisture meters to monitor basement moisture, and practice preventive maintenance by having their basements professionally sealed with by using a DIY basement waterproofing product such as Sani-Tred.
Moisture meters are inexpensive and widely available at home stores and online. Basements with higher than recommended air moisture levels will benefit from basement waterproofing with a basement sealant. Basement Waterproofing can be a big job, depending upon the size of one’s basement, but it isn’t particularly difficult. It’s a job that the average homeowner can complete himself over the course of a long weekend. A good sealant fills cracks, joints, surface pores, and holes in both floor surfaces and walls. They typically “cure” within hours, and create a continuous waterproof membrane that functions as an successful water barrier for years. It’s also a job that, once completed, lets the homeowner sleep better at night, knowing that his basement is unlikely to suffer any moisture-related problems in the future.
The advantages associated of basement waterproofing are many. The primary benefit might well be that of avoiding any contamination of the air circulating through one’s home. Mold is a powerful toxin, one known to affect the respiratory systems of people who don’t have allergies. Molds can be deadly to those who do suffer from such sensitivities. The value of a home whose basement has been sealed is generally higher than that of an identical home without such treatment. In addition to blocking moisture, basement sealants also block up to 99% of radon gas from entering into the home. Radon gas is colorless and odorless. Regular exposure to radon significantly increases the risk of a person having lung and stomach cancers as well as a host of gastrointestinal disorders. One weekend spent applying sealant to one’s basement walls and floors seems a small price to pay to effectively eliminate the threat of both moisture and radon gas.