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Top 4 Reasons You Should Waterproof Your Below-Grade Space During Winter

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020 by Kristen Owenby


Homeowners may be surprised to learn that winter is a great time to waterproof a crawlspace or basement. After all, spring brings showers—and showers mean moisture. It’s a good idea to waterproof below-grade areas ahead of the upcoming rain and humidity!

Here are four reasons you should waterproof your below-grade space during winter:

  1. During cold months, there’s less water around foundation walls and temperatures drop inside the crawlspace or basement. Less moisture means that specialists can easily install waterproofing, drainage, and encapsulation systems—fortifying your home against future flooding.
  2. There’s less demand for waterproofing services during fall and winter. This means you can be seen by a waterproofing crew more quickly, as opposed to waiting weeks (or even months) for an appointment. Some people believe that waterproofing is more difficult when it’s cold, but most systems can easily be installed no matter the nip in the air.
  3. What if the region sees an unusually icy or snowy winter? As spring approaches and temperatures rise, ice and snow melt and saturate the ground. This could mean serious flooding problems for your basement or crawlspace, as well as compromise your home’s foundation. It’s best to think ahead and have a dependable system in place before there’s an emergency.
  4. If you do have a moisture problem, what happens when the temperature drops? Water collects in cracks, window wells, and other places. The water freezes—creating new cracks and making existing cracks larger.

 

Still not convinced it's appropriate to waterproof during winter, but concerned about what might happen if you leave your below-grade space unprotected? Contact us for a free, no-obligation quote and one of our specialists will explain the benefits of keeping your space dry!

 

Melting snow can find its way inside and create flooding

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