Protect your home from wet, damp basements and you'll have a stronger foundation and a home that will sell faster. Many assume that winter is the best time to waterpoof since the ground can be cold and hard, but, in the north east US, fall is actually a better time. Yes, there are dry spells, but that makes things worse! After a dry period, heavy rains and fall storms can blast the ground around your home. It's been hot and humid, but make no mistake about it, fall is right around the corner. And, with fall comes cooler weather. But, it also brings more rain and humidity. Both of these, combined with soon to come freezing weather can spell disaster for your home's basement and foundation. If left untreated, these problems can build up quickly and lead to super expensive repair bills. Most home owners in the North East assume that if their basement made it through the Spring and Summer, then they're OK for the fall and winter. But, nothing could be further from the truth. In reality, the cold, hard facts are that the cooler temperatures combined with the still-falling rain and high humidity leads right into cold, freezing temperatures and your basement situation can go from bad to terrible, fast. This is exactly why fall is the best time to get your basement waterproofed. The fall is a bit dryer than the spring, but, much of the country gets hit with the tail end of various tropical storms coming from the south. This can bring on several days of rain and very high humidity. All of that water gets into the ground around your home and combines with the soil (usually a clay mix) and causes it to expand, putting pressure on your outer basement walls. This causes small cracks and some water to get inside the walls. Then, as fall moves on, the temperature drops and soon begins to freeze that same soil. This causes pressure laterally and upwards on your foundation. Now more water gets in and the cracks get bigger. More water gets inside the walls, weakening the base of the basement wall on the inside and out. Now water starts to get into your basement. Plus, with the varying weather patterns that seem to effect the fall… going from near freezing temperatures one day to hot and humid the next, the soil around your home keeps expanding and contracting over and over again. This puts our home in near constant danger of having water problems like mold and cracks in the foundation. Why waterproof the basement? Basement waterproofing, especially in the fall, safe guards your home from these weather-induced maladies. It builds a barrier on the inside and out, keeping the soil around your home from putting so much destructive pressure on the foundation. A good waterproofing will actually be a basement waterproofing system. This will include digging up the ground around your contractor will then re-fill in the soil with better quality dirt (not clay) and they'll tamp it down to eliminate air pockets which can swell with water and cause your foundation to crack. If you get your waterproofing done in late summer, early fall, you'll save money. Contractors tend to be a little slower at this time so they're more likely to offer you a discount or free financing.