Different parts of your home will be susceptible to damages from different areas. In some cases, these damages can spread to other areas or cause damages to other systems. For example, your roof can get a leak in it, but the damages from that leak can include everything under the roof including the ceiling, the HVAC vents, the walls, the flooring, the furniture, and even the electrical outlets. If your home has a basement, then you want to have a proper understanding of possible water damage. Here is information to give you a clearer understanding of your basement and water that can cause problems.
Your basement is susceptible to water damage by design
Your basement is under the ground surface. This means that by design it is more prone to water damage than other parts of your house, as well as susceptible to water damage from water-related problems that happen on any of the above levels of the home. The rain can lead to water damage, the snow can lead to water damage, the sprinklers can lead to water damage, and many other things can as well. For example, an above ground pool that collapses can cause water damage in the basement, as can a pipe that bursts anywhere in the house.
Your basement doesn't have to be as susceptible to water damage
Even though the placement of your basement puts it at a disadvantage when it comes to dealing with water, there are ways to decrease the chances of you ending up with water damage in the basement. The more you put into protecting the basement from water, the fewer chances you will find yourself dealing with such problems. Here are some of the waterproofing things that can be done to offer your basement important protection.
You don't want water sitting against the exterior walls of your home where the ground meets them. This will be close to the ceiling and upper wall part of the basement and the longer that water is there, the more damage that can be caused. This is why it is important to have proper drainage created to take that water and direct it to a location away from the home. This is something that is done when a basement is waterproofed.
You want the ceiling and the walls to not absorb the water that comes into contact with the walls and ceiling. The way to prevent the absorption of the water is to have sealants applied that will act as protectants from the water. This is something else that is done during the waterproofing process.
Along with direct water, condensation can also lead to water damage in the basement. Condensation protection is also another thing that can be done during the basement waterproofing process and it is done by applying protective coatings in the areas where condensation tends to occur.