Since basements are built into or under the ground, there is always the possibility that water can intrude. Discovering moisture in a basement is rarely a cause for celebration, especially when this discovery takes place during the home purchasing process. If you've found your dream home only to discover that it’s in dire need of basement waterproofing service, don't despair. Now that you've identified the problems, you can take steps to better understand whether it's worth proceeding with your offer to purchase.
So, what's a smitten homebuyer to do if they're potential new home has a wet basement? Is it worth salvaging or is it time to move on? And how do you spot a wet basement? Your London Ontario basement waterproofing experts at BEST have all the answers.
Whatever you do, don’t rely on seller disclosures if you suspect that a home has basement waterproofing problems. Sometimes even the seller may not know about the issue. Always insist on a home inspection as one of your purchase conditions. The home inspector will be able to identify any problems and provide you with a final recommendation.
While getting a home inspection of your own is always good practice when considering buying a house, home hunters can often detect a basement waterproofing issue simply by looking for signs of moisture. Here’s what to look for:
If you are uncertain about any of these symptoms, it never hurts to have a basement waterproofing service take a look.
Now that you can recognize a wet basement, it’s time to learn the causes. Some are beyond your control, some are due to structural flaws within the home, and some will require a basement waterproofing service to fix.
As you can see, the causes of a wet basement can range from simple to complex. It’s all well and good to dry out a wet basement, but what about long term prevention? There's no point in purchasing a home with a wet basement if there's no way to fix the issue. Here are some basic things you can do to prevent water from seeping into the basement of your new home:
However, some things require an experienced basement waterproofing service like BEST Plumbing & Drainage Contractors, such as:
In short, the answer is yes – you can buy a house with a wet basement. Simply contact BEST Plumbing and Drainage Contractors for assistance. We can help you dry out the basement and keep it from leaking – both now and in the future. For more information, contact our London Ontario basement waterproofing service or contact us for a complimentary onsite assessment.