Basement Waterproofing New and Old Homes

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 by Donna Kshir

Some homeowners tend to follow the advice of the experts and have their basement waterproofed following the completed construction of their new home. But there are some homeowners that decide to wait to waterproof their basement whether due to time, money, or unexpected costs. Regardless, it is highly recommended by the experts to waterproof your basement as soon as the construction of your new home is complete.

The longer you decide to wait to have your basement properly waterproofed, the higher the risk of water seeping into the walls and floor of your basement developing mold and mildew, and foul smells. Such conditions result in rotting wood causing slight to severe structural damage, compromising you and your newly constructed home.

Waterproofing Older Homes

There are other homeowners that decide to purchase an older home. When you make the decision to purchase an older home, you run the risk of having to update an unfinished basement or improperly finished space.

Even if you choose to waterproof your basement, it will not completely eliminate the risk of mold and mildew developing in your basement. There is always the risk of leaky pipes resulting in mold and mildew development. Anytime a leak or drip is found, it should be quickly repaired by the homeowner or a professional-- as a dry basement greatly reduces the risk of developing mold and mildew.

Waterproofing your basement protects your home and valuables, reduces property damage, and more importantly, it protects your health. If inhaled, mold spores have the tendency to affect respiratory problems and asthma. Mold spores have also been known to cause severe topical and allergic reactions in some children and adults.

The Waterproofing Debate by Homeowners

Waterproofing your basement can be a highly debatable topic among homeowners. Although waterproofing your basement is not a requirement, it's a personal decision that can prove quite rewarding to any homeowner.

The waterproofing repairs tend to vary from contractor to contractor, and homeowner to homeowner, but long-term the process will save you a lot of Energy, time and money on maintenance and repairs to your basement.

  • Water Seepage: Water can seep into the smallest openings; walls, floors, and between the joints. It also has the tendency to flow through the concrete, which is one of the biggest reasons basements are wet, damp, humid spaces. If water begins to seep into your basement or through the foundation walls from the outside, it can result in costly expensive repairs and damage the resale value of your home, diminishing the value of your home by thousands of dollars.
  • Value: Whether you decide to remain in your home for a short time span or a lifetime, waterproofing your basement is a valuable tool for protecting you, your family and your home. By properly waterproofing your basement in an old or new construction, it can increase the overall value of your home in the event you decide to sell, while adding valuable storage and living space.


Whether you decide to purchase a newly constructed home or an older home, the best and most effective way to protect your home from moisture and its effects is to contact a basement waterproofing expert. A basement waterproofing expert will examine your basement and recommend the best and most cost efficient way to solve the problem. Some basement waterproofing experts give a free estimate, discuss your options and give you plenty of time to make the best decision.

Contact the experts at Woods Basement Systems today for a free estimate to transform your wet basement into a dry and healthy basement!  We service the Greater Saint Louis area of Missouri, and cities in Illinois, including Champaign, Springfield and Urbana.

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