The Dangers of DIY Basement Waterproofing

At DryZone Basement Systems, we're no stranger to seeing DIY projects. The online world is amazing, with so many sources posting online tutorials, it's easy to understand why so many homeowners are tempted to waterproof the basement themselves rather than calling a professional company. However, some DIY projects can lead to a plethora of issues. 

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1. Misdiagnosing the Problem

The source of a wet basement might not always be obvious or alerting. What you see as a small leakage could be a sign of a more severe foundation issue. A professional inspector can accurately diagnose the cause and create a waterproofing plan. 

2. Potential for Increased Damage

If you're using the wrong tools or aren't as knowledgeable, there's a risk of causing more damage to your basement. Inaccurate drainage installations could channel water towards your foundation or an improper wall crack sealant could trap in moisture, leading to mold growth. 

3. Health Risks

Speaking of mold, DIY waterproofing can cause some serious health risks if the job isn't done correctly. Mold not only damages your home, but can cause respiratory issues and sickness. So to avoid putting yourself or your home at risk, it may be best to not do DIY projects after all. 

4. Costly in the Long Run

While DIY might seem like the cost-saving method initially, the potential for a mistake might end up costing the homeowners more in the long run! Say your DIY system failed, then you'd have to pay a company money to remove the system and install a brand new one. 

5. No Guarantees or Warranties 

Professional basement waterproofing companies, like us, can provide guarantees or warranties on our work. If a problem were to arise with a system, it's addressed by our service department so that the homeowners won't have to worry about their waterproofing systems never working again. With DIY, if something goes wrong, the financial burden solely falls on you. 



Your home is one of your most valuable investments. While DIY can allow creativity and offer a cost-saving option, some projects such as basement waterproofing are best left for the professionals to deal with. At DryZone Basement Systems, we offer state of the art solutions and trained experts to ensure that your basement stays dry and happy! 

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