If you have leaks in your basement, it is important that you first correct the problem and then invest in basement waterproofing. Due to the high level of expense typically associated with basement leaks and foundation problems, many people try to push off basement waterproofing as long as possible. However, this is the worst possible thing that you can do. The accumulation of water in a basement can result in several serious health risks, the most common of which is mold. Mold forms in damp, dark places, such as basements and within walls. When you have a water problem in the basement, mold is a likelihood. Unfortunately, mold can cause a large variety of different issues, including flu like symptoms, agitation of asthma and pneumonia.
However, basement waterproofing should not be the only thing that you should do. If you have experienced basement leaks, or currently have a leak, you cannot waterproof until the issues, as well as the mold formed from the issue, is resolved. While you could perform the basement waterproofing, you would only succeed in locking in the moisture and mold, which can still work into the air system of your home. Making certain the surfaces that you are having waterproofed is totally clean and mold free prior to the waterproofing will make a significant difference.
If you want to do a basement waterproofing, it is important to remember that a proper waterproofing job does work both inside and outside of your home. Sloping the land away from your home so that water cannot accumulate against the foundation of your home is a significant part of waterproofing and landscaping. In addition to this, making certain all cracks in the foundation are properly sealed is vital. Because there is so much involved in basement waterproofing, you will need to have a professional contractor assist you with the work, especially around the foundation. While you can do the work on your own, if you make a single mistake around the foundation, it can cost hundreds of dollars, if not thousands, depending on the type of damage that you accidentally do.
Basement waterproofing is meant to protect your basement from water seeping in from the outside. What this form of waterproofing will not help against is burst pipes in the ceiling above your basement. This is a different form of water damage and is not covered by the typical basement waterproofing project.