The foundation of your home is one of the most critical components of its structure. It literally supports the entire load of your home and holds the entire structure of it in place. Unfortunately, the basement is also underground, which means it is highly susceptible to a wide range of problems, especially prolonged exposure to water. The longer the basement goes unprotected against the risk of water damage, the greater the risk is of extensive damages occurring to the basement as well as the stability of the structure. Here are three reasons to consider basement waterproofing as a solution for not only protecting the structure of your home but also for improving your overall living conditions.

1. Creates a Stronger Foundation

Basements with frequent leaking and/or flooding are highly susceptible to cracks in the foundation. Although the problem may originate from somewhere outside the basement, such as a poor gutter system, the excess of water eventually finds its way into the basement. Basement waterproofing provides an added layer of protection against the risk of water from other problems getting into and damaging the foundation of your home.

2. Prevents Health Risks

A leaking and wet basement is the ideal environment for the growth of mold, mildew, fungus, and bacteria, all of which can have a significant effect on your family's health. Continuous exposure to mold and mildew can lead to serious respiratory illnesses, including asthma. Basement waterproofing prevents the moisture from building up in the basement and ultimately prevents the growth of mold, mildew, and other toxic bacteria that may put your family's health at risk.

3. More Living Space

Basements are often used as extra storage space for the things that you don't frequently use, such as holiday decorations. Basement waterproofing will allow you to transform your basement from a place to store holiday decorations into an extra bedroom, home office or family room. With a dry basement and a little creativity, you can turn all of that wasted space into a more living space, which may also increase the resale value of your property.

Basement waterproofing is one of the least expensive, yet most effective ways to keep your home's foundation strong and healthy. Not only will help to extend the life of your basement as well as the structure of your home and improve the living condition for your family, but waterproofing also helps to reduce energy costs. In humid environments, your heating and cooling system has to work harder than it should just to fight the moisture in the air, waterproofing helps to control the moisture, in turn preventing your HVAC system from working harder than it needs to, which reduces energy costs.