Water damage in your basement might not seem like a big deal — just put a few fans down there and wait for everything to dry out, right? Nope. Not that simple, unfortunately. There are a few reasons why water damage repair is much trickier than it seems, and why the cost of basement waterproofing is definitely worth the price.
This might be obvious, but it’s also pretty easy to forget: unlike the rest of your house, your basement doesn’t have very good ventilation and it probably gets very little sunlight. In other words, it’s the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. And even a little bit of basement flooding will serve as the perfect catalyst for mold and bacteria.
When mold starts growing in your basement, that means bad news. Mold caused by excess water buildup can be extremely dangerous and can cause serious health problems for both humans and pets — especially if any residents already have respiratory problems or have weak immune systems.
And bad health isn’t the only serious problem that mold causes; many people don’t realize just how expensive water damage cleanup can be. The average cost to repair basement water damage in the U.S. is about $4,900, although costs typically range anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000 — and what’s worse is that many homeowners insurance policies don’t cover water damage. That means homeowners often have to pay for water cleanup entirely out-of-pocket, that they often aren’t prepared to cover the costs, and that they end up paying thousands of dollars more for reactive water damage solutions than they would have paid for preventative waterproofing products and/or lawn drainage solutions.
Even if you don’t live in a flood-prone area, water damage from inclement weather can happen at any time, and in any place — and the consequences are simply too serious to risk. Find more on this here: www.drainageanderosion.com