Waterproofing Your Home: It Does More Than Keep Your Home Structurally Sound
Anywhere water can get into your home that is not through the plumbing system, it creates trouble. First, it weakens the structure of the building by rotting wood and drywall, and by causing the concrete or masonry to crumble. Professional waterproofing contractors use special products and techniques to find the cause and fix the problem. The work they do will make sure your home is a healthy, comfortable, pest-free place to live that doesn't break you with high utility bills.
Mold and Mildew
Any time you have moisture seeping into your home, mold and mildew is going to follow. If anyone in the home has allergies to these fungi, he or she is going to be miserable with the symptoms. If the moisture is between walls or otherwise hidden, you may not realize the reason for the increased allergic episodes. Some molds produce toxins that affect even nonallergic people.
Most people do not enjoy sitting in a damp room. In warm weather it will feel humid and sticky, and in cold weather you will always feel a bit chilled. While only areas around the leak will be affected, if left unattended, the moisture will spread. Besides, you want everyone in the home to be comfortable.
Insects and Rodents
Household pests, such as ants, roaches and mice, are attracted to areas where they can get water. When the area is hidden or protected, even better. In addition to providing unwanted critters with a water supply, a leak also gives them a way into your house. Once the waterproofing contractors have completed the work, all tiny entrances to your home will be blocked. Before calling the exterminator, you should have the building waterproofed to make sure nothing else can get inside or has a reason to try.
Heating, Cooling and Water Bills
If you have cracks, or holes in the building that allows water to seep in, air can escape too. This means that the heating and cooling system will have to work harder to keep your home at the desired temperature. The harder the system works, the higher your utility bill will be. If the moisture is due to a leak in the plumbing, your water bill will be higher. Even small drips can add up to a significant amount of wasted water over the course of a month.
Any time you notice a water spot, see a bit of mold or mildew, or just feel damp in certain areas of your home, contact a professional waterproofing contractor, such as Koppers Quality Waterproofing. Applying a sealant is not going to get to the cause of the problem. The water will just find another way into the house. Get the problem solved, and have the building waterproofed so you can enjoy your home to the fullest.