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4 Reasons Why You Should Waterproof Your Basement Before You Bring In The Pool Table

by Kyle Carpenter

With a dry, finished basement, there's a lot of potential for improvement. You may picture yourself sitting in the middle of your newly installed home entertainment theater, reclining way back on your premium leather couch. Before you want to start putting big ticket items in your basement, there are four specific reasons you will need to take steps to waterproof the area professionally.

1. Moisture Leads To Mold - If you find water in your basement you can quickly mop it up but if you fail to have professional basement waterproofing services performed, you can expect more moisture to find its way in at some future date. Whether you feel more moisture in your basement after it rains or it gets cooler outside, there might soon be a mold issue in your home. Mold will grow in areas that are dark and moist, so it might take months before you start to notice that the underside of your furniture and boxes have become moldy and need to be thrown out at once.

2. Basement Flooding Can Happen Fast - You may have lived in your home for quite a long time without believing that you need basement waterproofing simply because your basement has remained bone dry. Unfortunately, you can go into a water-free basement today and returned to a basement with several inches of standing water tomorrow if it hasn't been sufficiently waterproofed. Don't assume that because you haven't experienced flooding in your basement so far that you are guaranteed to avoid flooding.

3. Too Much Condensation Can Ruin Electronics - When moisture levels in the air get particularly high, that water will start to collect on any item you have in your basement. This might mean that the walls feel damp to the touch, while your couch becomes wet and smells musty. If you have a television, computer or even electronics stored a basement that lacks waterproofing, condensations can actually collect on the inside, ruining the electrical components.

4. Basement Waterproofing Is More Practical Than Replacing Your Possessions - In the event that your belongings are moved into your basement prior to having it waterproofed, any water damage that occurs might not be obvious immediately. In fact, it can be more difficult to spot flooding issues and leaks if you have a basement with wall to wall carpeting or boxes stacked against the walls. Take the trouble to have your basement walls sealed and check the condensation levels in your basement so that you can be sure it is safe to start making improvements.