The saying “The best defense is a good offense” does not apply solely to sports. When it comes to preventing water damage in your home, the best offense is a good defense. Stop the water before it ever has a chance to enter. Many homeowners think that the chances of water leaks are minimal but the statistics show us the opposite.
Water Damage Statistics
Don’t think water damage can happen to you? Check out these eye-opening statistics.
- 98% of homes will experience some sort of water damage.
- On any given day, home water damage emergencies affect 14,000 people.
- The average home insurance claim for water damage is $11,098.
- 99% of counties in the United States were impacted by a flooding event between 1996 and 2019.
- Jefferson County, Ala. has experienced between 1-12 significant flooding events every year since 1997; 119 flooding events total for that time period according to NOAA’s storm events database.
- An unfinished basement flooded with contaminated water carries a typical water damage cost of $60,000.
The Good News is Waterproofing Will Help
Be proactive by preventing water damage before it starts. Aqua-Guard Waterproofing is here to help. You have options and we can help you make the best decision for your home. We offer free estimates and guarantee our work with a “Life of the Structure” Guarantee. We will educate you on the best options for preventing water damage in your basement or crawlspace and then complete the work in a timely and professional manner.
Options for Preventing Water Damage in Your Home
As homes age, so do the systems put in place to defend against water, but even newer homes can develop basement leaks if not properly waterproofed during the build. As pressure builds up around the foundation of your home, groundwater can begin to seep into the walls, footers, and foundation. It may begin slowly at first, and, like many homeowners, you may believe the water is not a big deal. Do not make this mistake. Stopping basement leaks at the first sign of them costs much less than repairing significant water damage.
Preventing water damage before it starts is always the best route, and basement waterproofing is one way you can do that. Basement waterproofing before seeing any signs of water damage will stop a host of problems including musty smells, mold, cracks in floors and walls, and loss of property due to water damage. Waterproofing your basement can also increase your home value.
Aqua-Guard’s drain system has the largest capacity and has a more efficient flow rate than other competing drain systems. Methods offered by other companies can be temporary or fall short of solving the five areas water can penetrate your basement. If this is the case, then you can expect to have problems again at some point down the road. The Aqua-Guard Waterproofing System removes all of the risk factors that over time have been the downfall of other waterproofing systems. As a result, the Aqua-Guard Waterproofing System has never had a system failure or breach of warranty–a track record that we will continue.
Crawlspace waterproofing is another way of preventing water damage before it starts. As water enters your crawlspace, it can create many problems in your home such as bad smells, high condensation levels, sagging floor joists that lead to foundation problems, high humidity levels in your home, and poor air quality that can affect your family’s and your health.
Exterior waterproofing systems focused on the foundations are often the first attack on removing water. This is the method most home builders use to surround crawlspace foundations. Unfortunately, these are temporary solutions that rarely have any long-term effect on blocking water. At Aqua-Guard, we have developed a unique crawlspace system based on the laws of physics. The Aqua-Guard Crawlspace System is designed to intercept rising groundwater before it reaches the interior of the crawlspace. It is uniquely designed to provide a permanent solution to the growing problem in your crawlspace. It solves all the areas water can penetrate your crawlspace and removes up to 60% more water than other systems.
Some homeowners choose to take their waterproofing efforts a step further with crawlspace encapsulation. Once proper waterproofing has been done to keep water from entering your crawlspace, many choose to also encapsulate the crawlspace. This will address the humidity that causes a damp crawlspace and completely seal the area.
For years, the perceived solution to a damp crawlspace was to vent it—allowing outside air to come in. Venting to the outside can actually make the problem worse (especially during the hot, humid summers). Crawlspace encapsulation seals off the crawlspace from all outside elements and brings the relative humidity level down. Encapsulation creates an environment where mold, mildew, and fungi cannot grow. If it cannot grow in your crawlspace, then it will not be there to flow upward into your home and into your lungs. Our Closed Crawlspace System uses a high-strength floor/wall liner called “Flex Seal ” to completely close off the crawlspace, ensuring that outside air, pests, and pollens cannot come in.
Once crawlspace encapsulation is complete, you can rest easy knowing your home will have healthier air to breathe, no pests, rodents, or other animals can enter your crawlspace, and you may even see savings on your utility bills!
We Specialize in Dry!
The key to preventing water damage before it starts is a strong water defense either through waterproofing your basement or crawlspace and/or encapsulating your crawlspace. Aqua-Guard can evaluate your needs, provide free estimates, educate you on your options, then provide quality work in a timely manner. You will have one point of contact throughout the process and our prices are reasonable. We also guarantee all of our work. Contact us today to begin preventing water damage before it starts in your home!