Drycrete Waterproofing experts answer the most common questions about Massachusetts basement waterproofing. Keep reading below to find things that homeowners should know! 

1. What is Basement Waterproofing? 

Massachusetts basement waterproofing is taking action to prevent water from finding its way into your basement. Waterproofing can come in different forms. What is right for your basement will depend on your particular issues and needs. 

2. Why Should I Waterproof My Basement? 

There are many reasons to waterproof your basement, but the biggest is perhaps to protect your home. When you waterproof the basement, you add value to your home, but you also protect that space, your structure, and the things in the basement from water damage. 

These are some benefits of Massachusetts basement waterproofing:

 Keep the foundation structurally sound

  • Use the basement for storage, living, bedrooms, etc. 
  • Prevent infestations of various pests
  • Provide a safe and healthy home
  • Prevent deterioration and wear to the structure or foundation
  • Prevent things like mold or mildew
  • Increase your home value

3. What are the Signs of a Leaky Basement? 

The most obvious sign of a leak in the basement is noticing water where it really shouldn’t be. If you’re seeing puddles, wet spots, or even water trickling down the walls, these are all signs your basement needs help. Other indicators might include cracks, peeling paint, warping materials, mold, rust, discoloration, and other signs that water has been in the area uninvited. 

4. What Causes Basements to Leak?

Most of the time, leaking happens because there have been changes to your home or because something isn’t set up properly to direct water away from the home. When the soil around your home has too much moisture, it needs some place to go. All too often, that is the basement. 

5. What are Some Common Factors that Contribute to Basement Dampness or Flooding? 

Everything surrounding your basement, or not protecting water from creeping into the basement, makes a difference. Here are a few major factors that might contribute to water in the basement: 

  • Guttering that isn’t setup or working properly
  • Settling or shifting of property
  • Drainage not installed properly
  • Sloping of the ground toward your home
  • Cracks or gaps that need to be sealed 
  • Excessive humidity levels

It’s best to work with a professional company like Drycrete Waterproofing to assess the situation and determine the best plan of action. 

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6. How Do I Determine Where the Water is Coming From? 

It can sometimes be hard to spot this with an unfamiliar eye, which is why using a professional waterproofing company can be so important. The most common sign is where the floor and wall come together, or from hydrostatic pressure that sends water through cracks in the surface. 

7. What Causes the Musty Smell in My Basement? 

The majority of the time, that musty smell is coming from the water that has left damage behind. It could easily be something like mold or mildew, or areas that are damaged by water as well. 

8. Why Do I Have Cracks in the Basement Walls and Floors? 

The cracks in your basement walls and floors typically come from the settling of your foundation, but they can also come from excessive pressure because of saturation in the ground outside your home. This is why proper drainage is so important to deflect water away. 

9. Is My Crawlspace Safe from Leaks? 

While a crawlspace is much smaller than a basement, it is still susceptible to leaks and excess moisture. It is important to address those issues here, just as much as in your basement.

10. Can I Waterproof My Basement Myself? 

There are some DIY solutions for minor issues that you could try. However, in most cases, these are designed to be a temporary solution at best. It’s usually far better to bring in a professional and get the problem taken care of before it gets worse. 

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11. Can Basement Waterproofing Be Done in the Winter? 

There are some protocols that can be done in the winter; it simply depends on what your basement needs. Certain processes may need to wait for warmer weather. 

12. How Much Does Massachusetts Basement Waterproofing Cost? 

The cost will depend on what you need to have done to waterproof your basement. Drycrete Waterproofing provides free estimates to give you an idea of what cost to expect. 

13. What are the Benefits of Waterproofing My Basement? 

There are several benefits of waterproofing your basement, including protecting your home from costly repairs and breakdowns. These are some of the most advantageous benefits to be aware of:

 Prevention of structural damage

  • Reduction of insurance costs
  • Healthier home environment
  • Protect your personal belongings
  • Help keep the foundation strong and steady

14. Will Your Basement Waterproofing System Increase the Value of My Home? 

Absolutely! Protecting your home from water, and ensuring the safety and longevity of your home, are major assets. While they aren’t as “pretty” as redoing the bathroom or kitchen, they still contribute to protecting the home, and that is valuable in itself. 

15. Does Drycrete Waterproofing Guarantee Their Work?

Yes, we take quality very seriously. We strive to use only the best and most reliable products, but we also guarantee the work that we provide to protect and improve your home. 

Contact Drycrete Waterproofing for Your Massachusetts Basement Waterproofing!

Drycrete Waterproofing has been serving the basement waterproofing industry for more than a decade, with service to over 4,000 homes. We can help you determine the best Massachusetts basement waterproofing solution for your needs. Contact us today to get a quote! 


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