Risks of Water Damage from Poor Waterproofing

If you’ve never learned about waterproofing before and are considering it for your home, you might be thinking that you don’t really need it. A little water in the basement every now and then isn’t that big of a deal, you’re thinking, and your home’s natural construction will prevent anything worse than that from happening.

At Packman’s Coatings, we’re here to tell you how dangerous this approach can be as a homeowner. Our waterproof concrete coatings aren’t just for cosmetic or rare emergency reasons – they’re vital for protecting both the structural integrity of your home and the health of those inside it. Let’s look at some of the major risks you’re taking if you allow water damage to take place in the home through a lack of waterproofing.
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Health

The first and most important area you’re risking here is the health of both yourself and any other occupants of your home or building. Water buildup, whether it’s in more common areas like basements and crawl spaces or any others, can become particularly problematic when combined with high humidity levels (this is why these areas are often the first to be hit).

When moisture in the air condenses on walls, ceilings or other surfaces, it leads to the development of harmful mold. Mold, in turn, can cause issues ranging from exacerbated allergy symptoms up to hay fever and other significant respiratory issues. Many people’s health is at major risk when continuously exposed to mold – which they may not even know they’re breathing in.

In addition, the potential for flooding due to water damage raises other health concerns. Flooding of dirty water can lead to massive contamination risks, and even worse is “black” water that may get in through sewage or human waste routes. These kinds of floods will require professional cleanup services and may also dictate a trip to the doctor or hospital if you’re exposed.

Structural Damage

Another serious potential risk of water intrusion in your home is damage to various structural elements. The first and most common theme here is rot, which can take place due to prolonged water exposure and can damage virtually any part of your home, including the all-important foundation. Even some of the strongest support structures in your home can be damaged and even completely ruined in some cases by rot, which – like mold formation – can often take place without the occupants of the building actually noticing it.

In these cases, even if you aren’t sure rot is present, reach out to our pros immediately. We can assess any damage for you and recommend waterproofing solutions to prevent this from ever happening in the future.

For more on the risks of water damage and poor waterproofing, or to learn about any of our concrete coatings, speak to the pros at Packman’s Coatings today.