The Importance of Waterproofing / Damp Proofing Basement Spaces during New Home Construction

It is likely that the topic of waterproofing & damp proofing a basement does not bring to mind a new home construction project. Most often, when people hear these terms, they think of planned renovation projects on older homes or even worse, unplanned renovations due to unexpected damage. It is true, waterproofing & damp proofing your home is a good idea. However, for individuals building a new home, they have an advantage that most others do not. Building your new home gives you an excellent opportunity to be proactive, before the space is finished. By adding a relatively inexpensive feature now, it can save you many thousands in the long run. It will also provide a peace of mind that your home, personal belongings, and even your family’s health are well protected.

Why Waterproof / Damp Proof Your Basement?

Aside from the obvious fact that taking these measures will protect your home from water damage, there are numerous additional great benefits. First, a waterproofed basement will both add and protect the overall value of the home. Should damage occur, correcting the issue could cost thousands and left undone could even lead to structural damage. This is especially important in the Midwest where flooding and moisture are common. Also, many do not realize that waterproofing your basement can also help with your energy efficiency saving you money. Furthermore, it only takes 24 to 48 hours for toxic black mold to grow, and that mold can lead to serious health issues if not treated properly. Finally, keep in mind that your house is a large investment that you should be proud of. Protecting the foundation from water damage ensures that your investment is protected.

Waterproof / Damp Proof Options

There are several different options that all have different purposes. This is a brief look at those options. First, damp proofing involves the spraying of an emulsion on the outside concrete walls to prevent moisture from seeping through. External waterproofing Photo-Model-house-under-umbrella-300x218 generally consists of a thick rubber-like barrier surrounding the outer foundation to prevent any water seepage. Drainage systems are also a highly recommended practice, including the installation of a footing drain. The purpose is to draw below-ground water away from your wall and take the water outside the perimeter of the house. This prevents stagnant water from corroding your foundation. Finally, internal waterproofing is the practice of filling any irregular spots or cracks in the basement walls with a sealant. It should be known that this will not protect your walls or foundation from damage, but it will prevent the growth of mold inside your home. Waterproofing your new home during construction may include one or several of these methods. It is important to speak with your builder about the best option for you considering your home and its location.

Progressive Builders Is Here For You!

Whatever your plans include, Progressive Builders is passionate about partnering with you every step of the home building process. Our mission is to ensure that your home plan will accommodate your lifestyle and meet the unique needs of your family. We will also assist you in finding the right floor plan and constructing your home with a focus on quality, all at an outstanding value. With over 20 years of experience, we’ve built a reputation across the Twin Cities metro area and beyond, and we are committed to continuing that level of excellence for your new home construction project. We have a number of customizable home plans to suit your needs and several lots available in neighborhoods across the Metro. We invite you to contact us today for more information.