The Importance of External Basement Insulation for Your Home

A basement is regarded as a very important part of a house but people consider basement insulation an option rather than a necessity. However, the benefits that external basement insulation can provide are enough to make it a necessity for every home owner. Minimizing cost all the while maximizing comfort, less energy usage and other benefits include:

Decreases Energy Consumption

Since basement wall insulation helps significantly in regulating temperature throughout the year, the energy consumed with constant use of air conditioners or heaters decreases. In winters, your basement remains warm and in summer, your basement is cool. Any fluctuations in temperature are not experienced inside the basement as the insulation helps provide protection.

Reduced Costs

With basement external wall insulation, you are saving money in two ways: one by the reduced energy and electricity consumption and two by the minimization of needing extensive and expensive basement repairs like moisture seepage, mold growth, etc.

Protects from Moisture

Basement insulation is necessary to protect your basement from moisture. External insulation provides more protection as the outer section of your basement is also shielded from moisture. This protection helps reduce the need for expensive home maintenance services like removal of mold or fungi or condensation. Moreover, your health is also safer with adequate moisture prevention as problems like mold or mildew can cause health concerns.

Increased Level of Comfort

Of course, the comfort that external basement insulation provides is unmatched. A year-round regulated temperature makes your basement a great place to relax in, keeping heat inside during the winter and retaining cold air in summer.

Protection of Home Foundation and Water Pipes

External basement wall insulation is great for protecting two vital elements of your home that can otherwise be vulnerable to damage and cost high maintenance rates: your home’s foundation and water pipes. In cold temperatures, your home’s foundation can be damaged due to the freezing and melting cycles. However, external insulation can effectively protect the outer structure and soil from such damage. Moreover, water pipes which are present in every home can be protected from freezing, which is a problem in itself and can cause further damage as well. Insulated basement walls keep the water pipes safe.

Increases Home Value

Every homeowner is concerned with the value of their home and taking home improvement measures is known to increase the value of any home. External basement wall insulation is one such measure that increases the durability, livability, longevity, and comfort of a home which is bound to increase your home’s overall value. Furthermore, increasing your home’s attractiveness also helps in increasing its value and external wall insulation in your basement can help you easily modify and decorate its walls as it reduces the potential risk of walls damaged by moisture.


Common Myths about Foundation Repair

Your home’s foundation is very important. You need to monitor it closely, and if you see cracks and damage, you must take these seriously. A small crack can lead to a bigger one in no time, and if you put off having this repaired until tomorrow, you are basically risking your family’s safety and you might just need to spend more money in repairs. Because there are so many articles you can find online about foundation repair and maintenance, there are a lot of individuals who think they can manage repairs on their own.

DIY instructions may sometimes be reliable, however, without professional knowledge and the right tools; you might end up with further damage on your home’s foundation. It is still best to consult with a professional rather than placing things on your own hands.

If you look around websites with information on foundation repairs, especially those with forums or comment sections, you might have probably seen thoughts and “experiences” of other homeowners. You might even come across situations that are similar to yours, and you are led to believe that their solution could also be applicable to your home’s foundation.

It is highly important for you not to take a foundation for granted. However, if you want to know more about the realities in foundation repair, we will be debunking some myths you may have already heard of.

1. You can repair cracks on your foundation permanently with polyurethane sealants and high-tech epoxies.
While these products are strong enough to provide temporary repairs, don’t trust that sealants and epoxies can permanently repair a foundation. These are basically Band-Aid solutions to address a problem that could be more damaging to your entire home in the future. It is best to have an expert take a look at your foundation and determine whether there’s a bigger problem that needs to be fixed right away.

2. Replace your damaged foundation with a new one to make sure it won’t give you any more problems.
There are some damages in a foundation that can be fixed with simple repairs, however, there might be some companies wanting to make more profit out of you by suggesting to replace your foundation with a new one. Find a reliable company though that will be able to give you honest recommendations that will repair your foundation effectively but in a more cost-effective process.

3. Poured concrete foundation is stronger than concrete block foundation.
It always depends on the quality of materials and workmanship in order for you to say that a foundation is too weak or strong enough. Depending on the soil condition, wall support, drainage systems and so on, a concrete block could be strong enough as a foundation of your home. Always ask an expert for advice to make sure.

If you need honest, reliable and cost-effective assistance for your foundation repair and maintenance needs, contact the experts from Aquatech Waterproofing.