The Dangers of DIY Home Waterproofing

While DIY home efforts are popular, it's usually a bad idea to DIY a home waterproofing solution, as you risk losing money and value on your home.

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DIY projects can be fun for the whole family. When it comes to waterproofing your basement, foundation, or crawl space, you’ll want to reach out to the professionals, instead. 

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Why Should You Waterproof Your Home? 

Water and unwanted moisture can have more negative effects on your home than you might imagine. If, for example, moisture levels start to rise in your crawl space, your home’s structural supports could suffer from damage. Your family’s health could also be compromised. 

Waterproofing your home is about more than just making sure your belongings stay dry after heavy rains. When you invest in the right home waterproofing measures, you can ensure your home retains its value and that your family can enjoy a comfortable quality of life. 

How Can You Waterproof Your Home? 

The biggest challenge involved in a home waterproofing project is determining where to start. More often than not, it’s best to reach out to a professional first to schedule a home inspection. During a home inspection, you and a professional can look over the most vulnerable parts of your home together to see if there are any signs of existing damage. Some of the most common symptoms of a leak or crack can include: 

  • Bowing walls 
  • Sagging floors 
  • Sticking doors 
  • Foggy windows 
  • Unusually high levels of humidity throughout your home 
  • Standing water 

If you have this kind of damage in your home, you’ll want to make sure you patch it before you invest in any waterproofing measures. 

With those repairs out of the way, you can discuss potential waterproofing measures with your area professionals. Some of the most effective include: 

  • Interior drainage systems 
  • Sump pumps 
  • Dehumidifiers 
  • Vapor barriers 

Note that some of these waterproofing measures may not work as well in older homes. Similarly, not all waterproofing solutions last forever. You’ll want to check on your installed solutions at least once a year to make sure they haven’t fallen victim to excessive hydrostatic pressure. Be prepared to replace your waterproofing measures of choice if you believe they may be damaged. 

The Dangers of DIY Home Waterproofing 

You may be tempted to try and waterproof your home without any help or guidance from professionals. While you can do this, there are a lot of risks involved in the process. Professionals, after all, have years of experience backing them up as they go to take on the challenge of helping you protect your home. Without that experience, you may accidentally make mistakes that can be costly in the long run. 

Some of the most common mistakes while trying to DIY your home’s waterproofing include: 

Underestimating Your Budget 

It’s easy to tell yourself that you won’t spend as much repairing or waterproofing your home on your own as a professional would. Unfortunately, this simply isn’t the case. Professional contractors often have arrangements with product manufacturers that allow them access to a broader catalog of waterproofing solutions and deals on preferred products. If you try to shop for those same products on your own, you may find yourself dipping deep into your home repair budget. 

Similarly, many of these home waterproofing solutions require specialty tools to install. For example, if you want to waterproof your foundation, you’ll need to make sure you have the means to potentially excavate your foundation, or you’ll waste money on products you can’t use. 

Damaging Existing Structural Supports 

DIY home waterproofing doesn’t just cost you in materials and tools, though. If you’re not careful while installing your waterproofing measures of choice, you may do more harm to your home than good. Improperly installed waterproofing measures can disguise the signs of more substantial water damage in a home. As such, existing problems with your home can go unnoticed until they’re threatening the structural integrity of your entire property. 

In these cases, not only will you lose money on the waterproofing measures you bought and installed, but you’ll still have to pay a professional to come out to your home. Professionals could then have to charge you more for their services, as they’ll need to remove your DIY waterproofing measures before they’re able to install their own. 

Taking Too Much Time 

Contractors have the ability to work on a set schedule when waterproofing your home. You, comparatively, may have children, work, or hobbies you would rather engage in. Not only can these responsibilities of yours cut into your DIY time, but the sheer effort required to waterproof your home may make such a project take much longer than it should. 

For example, remember that some foundation-based waterproofing measures may require some foundation excavation. If you don’t have the specialty tools on hand to make that work go faster, you may spend weeks or months trying to dig your foundation out. Comparatively, professionals can do this work for you in a matter of days, if not faster. 

Working with Professionals to Protect Your Home 

It is often in your best interest, if you want to waterproof your home, to try and work with the professional contractors in your area. To get started, you can schedule a free inspection and repair quote noting what services might suit your needs with the expert team at Foundation Recovery Systems.