Waterproofing Your Foundation During Winter

While it is easier to waterproof your home's foundation during the summer, it is possible to successfully undertake waterproofing in winter. Here are the right conditions.

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Waterproofing your basement and foundation is a great idea, especially if you live in an area that sees heavy rainfall and regularly damp conditions (as Raleigh, NC, does). Despite this, many homeowners put off waterproofing once fall rolls around because they are under the impression that waterproofing work can only be undertaken in summer or spring. This is not true, however. Of course, there are certain weather conditions that are optimal for this. Dry weather is a must, and warmth is preferred for the comfort of technicians. Despite this, there is no reason you can’t waterproof your basement this winter. 

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The Truth About Waterproofing in Winter 

The truth is that it is perfectly possible to effectively waterproof your basement and foundation during winter. The cold and wet can make it harder to undertake this work, but it will not render it impossible! 

The truth is that it’s never a bad time to waterproof your home. If you get a dry, clear fall or winter day, you could beat the wetter months of spring by booking work for this time. In fact, it can be easier to find a quality contractor to undertake waterproofing work in winter because this is a generally quieter time for construction, renovation, and home improvement work. 

What You Should Watch Out For 

The one thing that could prevent you from starting waterproofing work is existing damage to your basement or foundation. If you have issues with: 

  • Standing water 
  • Dampness 
  • Mold and mildew 
  • Spreading cracks 
  • Bulging or sinking foundation 

A responsible contractor will suggest that you address these issues before waterproofing. This makes total sense because damage to your basement and foundation is unlikely to go away on its own. It is far more likely to snowball and cause more issues, thereby ruining any waterproofing work they do. 

The Benefits of Waterproofing Your Foundation in Winter 

The most obvious benefit of waterproofing is a reduction in dampness and humidity in your home, and as a result, lower energy bills and a more comfortable and healthy environment. The other benefit is an increased likelihood of being able to find a contractor with availability when you would like to get the work done. As winter is a slow season for most contractors, they will generally be able to respond quickly and dedicate more time to your project. 

Which Kinds of Waterproofing are Best to Use in Winter? 

Exterior waterproofing methods such as underground downspouts may be slightly trickier during winter in Raleigh, NC, as the ground can often freeze solid. Interior solutions work best, except for 

DIY options like paints and sealants that are not permanent solutions we would recommend. If you are unsure as to which basement waterproofing measures would be best for you, don’t hesitate to contact a professional basement and foundation repair company like Tar Heel Basement Systems. We know how to get the best results when waterproofing in winter. 

Why Bring in the Professionals? 

Letting a team of professionals deal with your basement foundation waterproofing work has many benefits. First and foremost, professionals will be able to assess your basement and foundation to ensure there are no underlying issues that need to be addressed before waterproofing work begins. 

Tar Heel Basement Systems is committed to putting our customers first. That’s why we offer free inspection appointments to everyone within our service area. These appointments come with no obligation to book repairs with us and include a same-day written quote for all of the work that our inspector suggests. 

We guarantee you speedy and friendly service with an inspector who is dedicated to helping you get the results you desire. If at any point you have concerns or questions, please don’t hold back! We pride ourselves on our customer-centric approach.