Why You Should Waterproof Your Basement Before Winter

Why You Should Waterproof Your Basement before Winter
Why You Should Waterproof Your Basement before Winter

There’s no question that Chicagoland is known for its winters. You know, the winters like the wonderful polar vortex—or how about that time we were colder than Mt. Everest and the South Pole? Just imagine what all that snow, ice, and horribly cold temperatures do to your foundation––and heaven forbid the moisture finds its way into your basement. You can protect your basement by getting it professionally waterproofed before winter. There are a few reasons why you should waterproof your basement before winter, and we’re going to break them down in our guide below.

The Moisture Freezes in Place

Every winter in Illinois is different, but one thing’s for sure—we’re probably going to get snow and ice. But Illinois doesn’t stop there. We can also count on getting a deep freeze after a snowstorm, because why not, right? All this moisture builds up over time and freezes the ground.

You’re probably wondering what the ground has to do with waterproofing your basement. When the ground freezes, the ice and soil expand. When the soil expands, it puts pressure on your foundation and causes cracks, which can in turn cause several issues. If your foundation itself cracks, you’re essentially welcoming moisture and cold air, which will make your heating bill go up. Once all that moisture unfreezes, it’ll essentially pour into your basement, and a basement flood in the winter is never a good time—trust us.

Prevent Your Basement From Flooding

Waterproofing a basement usually involves installing a sump pump into your basement floor. A sump pump is a device that ejects water out of your basement using discharge lines. If your basement experiences flooding, a sump pump and a backup battery will definitely be helpful.

Avoid Health Hazards

An increase in water could raise humidity levels in your basement. An increase in humidity can lead to mold growth. Moldy air can then rise into the rest of your home and lead to different health hazards. Breathing in mold can lead to allergic symptoms such as watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, itching, coughing, difficulty breathing, and more. That’s why it’s important to waterproof and prevent water from building up in and around your basement.

Basement Waterproofing Solutions

Our basement waterproofing solutions include:
  • Installing an interior or exterior drain tile system that collects water outside or under your basement.
  • Installing a vapor barrier prevents water from seeping through your walls and channeling any moisture to the drain tile system.
  • Installing a sump pump to eject any water collected by both the vapor barrier and drain tile.

Foundation Issues Are No Joke

As we said before, the freezing temperatures and moisture only cause major foundation problems. Of course, you’ll probably experience some foundation cracks. Luckily, cracks are relatively easy fixes as long as you call a professional to fill them early. The cold temperatures only accentuate the problem, so call sooner rather than later. The best way to prevent foundation damage from cracks, frost heaves, and frozen pipes is to waterproof your basement before it gets cold. The longer you allow a foundation problem to sit, the more damage it causes and the more expensive it’ll be to fix.

If you’re still wondering why you should waterproof your basement before winter, here’s the simple answer: it’s only going to save you money, trouble, and stress in the long run. Illinois winters are legit, to say the least, so protect your home’s structural integrity by waterproofing before it’s too late.

Check out our another blog post on Foundation Repair Mistakes To Avoid.

For the best basement waterproofing in Chicago, IL, and surrounding areas, call The Real Seal. We grew up in Illinois, so we know all too well what the winters are like. The best part about hiring The Real Seal is that we get the job done on time the first time around with fair prices. So, what are you waiting for? Call us today to set up an appointment.


Austin Werner

Austin Werner is the Owner of The Real Seal LLC, a basement waterproofing and foundation repair company. Austin believes that having a highly trained and happy team is the key to success. This is reflected through hundreds of 5 star customer reviews his company has received online.

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