What’s the Best Time of Year for Basement Waterproofing?

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Basement waterproofing ensures a dry basement, which is key to the health of your home. However, houses settle and shift over time. This causes small cracks in the foundation and basement walls that can lead to leaks. Basement waterproofing is one of the best services to prevent these leaks and cracks from becoming an even bigger issue.  But when is the best time to have the basement waterproofed?

Why is Basement Waterproofing Important?

Leaks Cause Cracks

A house settling over time isn’t the only reason waterproofing your basement is a good idea. The extreme hot and cold of weather changes can cause the foundation to expand and contract. This further contributes to shifts in the structure of your home. This can be detrimental if a storm comes and is followed by freezing weather. Water is one of the only substances that expands when frozen. This means that any water that gets into the cracks of your basement walls will make the cracks even larger once it freezes. Basement waterproofing fills in the cracks and seals your foundation, giving you peace of mind no matter what the weather throws your way. 

Winter Waterproofing

Winter is a great time to waterproof your basement, because it can be done before the rain and snowmelt that comes with spring. You never want to be caught with a crack or leak in the middle of a storm or ice-melt without a waterproofed basement. This can lead to thousands of dollars’ worth of damage that could have been prevented by having your basement taken care of by Smart Foundation Systems.  

Though your basement can be waterproofed during the winter, there are some drawbacks. If your foundation needs to be excavated, freezing ground can make this significantly more difficult. Interior repairs can be done no matter the outside temperature, but if exterior work is needed, summer would be a better time to have this done.

Summer Waterproofing

Basement waterproofing in the summer is often easier because the ground will never be frozen. This makes excavating and sealing your basement’s exterior a simpler process. The dry spells accompanied by the summertime heat also help the waterproofing dry and cure faster than in colder weather.  

The biggest drawback to summertime basement waterproofing would be summer rains.  However, those are usually few and far between, making summertime the best time to waterproof your basement.

If you want to get your basement waterproofed to protect your property, contact Smart Foundation Systems today.

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