?Basements are the most neglected yet one of the most important sections of a home in any part of the world. One of the biggest concerns for homeowners is the leakage of water into their basements and the resultant damage incurred by the basement interiors due to it. In areas such as Michigan, where humid continental climate prevails, the problem of leaking basements and damp crawl spaces is even more intimidating. The humid soil, clubbed with heavy rainfall worsens the basement water seepage - leading to the formation of mold, toxic gases and an unhygienic ambiance within the basement. Basement water seepage can cause lots of problems to the homeowner - both financially as well as from the viewpoint of the health of the residents. A basement that has an ideal basement waterproofing system in place has the following advantages: Helps maintain robust foundations, especially foundation walls Keeps the ambiance in the home clean and hygienic Lowering the 'stack effect' - the rise of toxic gases into the upper floors of the home Frees the basement of disease causing germs such as mold Helps in increasing the resale value of the home by several notches Therefore, the need for crawl space waterproofing is imminent for all homeowners. A crawlspace can be waterproofed by a basement repair contractor or a basement repair company in the following ways: Waterguard Systems - Waterguard systems are the traditional and the most effective way to channel out water from flooded or wet basements. As most of the excess water either rises off the floors or seeps down the fissures in the cracked walls of the basements, a waterguard system is a great way of keeping the basement dry in a cost-effective way. Basement Drainage Systems - Crawl space encapsulation systems, including basement drainage arrangements are another popular method to keep water off your basements. French drains, crawl space liners, etc. are some of the other efficient waterproofing measures for a basement. However, if not installed properly, these drainage systems can cause a lot of inconvenience to the homeowner with water clogging and other issues. Sump Pumps - One of the most recent technological marvels in the basement waterproofing industry, sump pumps are efficient dehumidifiers. Sump pumps are used especially to take out stagnant water from flooded basements as well as to dry up a wet or damp basement. Sump pumps too, have to be professionally installed by basement repair contractors. Finishing Products - Finishing products such as wall insulation systems and flooring products, that are used to provide supportive heating to the basements in order to keep them dry and comfortable are also a long-term option used by basement waterproofing experts. However, before choosing a basement repair contractor or a crawl space waterproofing services provider, it is always necessary to check for credentials as well as the track record of the company. Choosing a local basement repair company is always beneficial as they are well-acquainted with the climate than companies located outside the specified region. References and personal checks are also important before you settle on a final waterproofing deal. However, as most basement waterproofing companies offer free analyses of your basements and subsequent free quotes, shopping around for a waterproofing company is not at all a waste of time or energy! ---------------- Jonathon Lester is the Webmaster of Ayers Basement Systems, the highly successful crawl space waterproofing and basement-repair company established in Michigan (USA). With his extensive experience in the basement repair industry, he has been enhancing his team's technical knowledge and expertise to help serve the residents of Michigan with better basement waterproofing system. Ayers Basement Systems is one of the most popular basement contractors in the state of Michigan.