Living in the Pacific Northwest has plenty of perks, including the beautiful greenery and plant life we enjoy year round. Unfortunately, the lush environment comes with a long rainy season, which can wreak havoc on your home if it’s not properly waterproofed.

Water intrusion is one of the top concerns for homeowners living in the PNW, and for good reason. If enough water seeps into your basement, you could find yourself dealing with structural damage, mold growth, and/or costly repairs.

At Rock Solid Waterproofing, we help protect your home, your family, and your belongings with top-of-the-line waterproofing and drainage solutions. Here are 5 important reasons to get your basement waterproofed:


1. To prevent flooding

Have you noticed water trickling through your basement walls during heavy rains or found a puddle sitting on your basement floor? These are obvious signs of water intrusion and they should be addressed immediately in order to prevent further damage to your home and belongings.

Even if you haven’t experienced flooding yet, that doesn’t mean you won’t. Even small amounts of water in your basement are cause for concern. It’s generally a good idea to be on the safe side and schedule an inspection to make sure you’re not at risk for basement flooding.


2. To avoid structural damage

Minor flooding is troublesome enough, but if water intrusion goes unnoticed for an extended period of time, you could be faced with structural issues that are likely to be far more expensive than the cost of waterproofing.

When too much water collects up against the side of your home’s foundation, its structural integrity can be compromised. This can cause bowing of your basement walls and make your home unsafe, depending on the severity of the situation.


3. To stop pests from getting in

If there are cracks in your basement walls, there’s a good chance it’s not just water getting in. Not only does water intrusion make your home vulnerable to pests – it actually attracts them.

Rats and mice often make their homes in leaky basements due to the presence of drinking water. Creatures like earwigs, crickets, cockroaches, and centipedes are drawn to damp environments because their bodies allow them to absorb moisture from the air.


4. To protect against mold and mildew

Of all the reasons to waterproof your basement, preventing mold from growing is one of the most important. Like rodents and insects, mold and mildew thrive in dark, dank environments. In fact, basements are one of the most common places for household mold to grow.

If gone unnoticed, mold can not only cause structural damage to your home – it can also pose a serious threat to your family’s health and wellbeing. That’s why keeping your basement dry and well insulated should always be a top priority.


5. To lower your energy bills

Are you spending more on your heating and water bills than you should be? Cracked and damaged foundations are one of the most common culprits of high energy bills. Openings in your foundation and lack of proper insulation can let cool air and moisture into your home, causing your temperature-regulating appliances to work in overdrive.

Many homeowners find that the cost of waterproofing pays for itself in only a few years due to the savings they see on their utility bills.


Want to protect your home against water intrusion?

The qualified technicians at Rock Solid Waterproofing are experts at preventing, identifying, and addressing water intrusion issues. We focus on the root cause – not just the symptoms.

With more than 14 years of experience in residential and commercial waterproofing and flooring, our team has seen it all. You won’t find a more committed or dedicated partner to help protect and improve your home.

Call us today at (503) 245-3313 or contact us online to get started.