By Brenda. Basement. Published at Sunday, March 25th, 2018 - 12:22:16 PM.
A great way to prevent basement flooding is by installing a self-draining sump pump and perimeter drainage system. A sump pump works to collect excess water in your basement and expel the water outside, away from the home. Without a sump pump or comparable basement waterproofing system, water can quickly and easily build up in your homes lower level and cause serious damage. Speak with a certified basement systems specialist about the type of basement drainage system thats right for your home and budget. And remember to only consider a sump pump with a battery backup system, as it will continue to protect your basement from flooding even if you lose power during a heavy rainstorm. Moisture Barriers help Prevent Leaks Basement walls and floors are susceptible to leakage if moisture can easily pass through the lower levels of your home. And unfortunately, this is the case with most basements. Even if your basement looks dry, theres a very good chance that moisture is continuously entering the area in the form of water vapor.
Have fun with the staircase, it doesnt have to just be something that you ignore as you enter a room, but it can be what draws you to want to go there in the first place! Windows Not just in the basement, but throughout the whole home; windows seem to be forgotten. Sure, curtains, and window stickies are popular, but replacing and updating windows tend to be the homeowners last resort. Maybe they arent fun enough for you If thats the case, then have some fun! Windows can be a beautiful addition to your basement, even though most basements dont have too many windows; they do tend to have one. If that window has been around since the dark ages, odds are your energy bill could probably go down if you just replaced your window. Some older windows are no longer in good condition so air escapes when you want it to stay in the room.
3. Add Accessories Even though your basement is an extension of your home, it should function for your family as an oasis from the stresses of everyday life. The location of your basement isolates it from the rest of your house (and the rest of the world). We tend to think of basements as a safe place physically, since they are the place you run to for protection during dubious weather. However, a basement can also be a safe place emotionally. So, its appropriate for your basement to be decorated to reflect your personal tastes and passions. Fill it with the things you love (Note: this does not mean that you should clutter it up with junk that you simply cant part with.) Think about the activities that you enjoy doing in your spare time, and equip your basement accordingly. Set up a stereo so that you can listen to your favorite music. If you like to play cards, set up a table for this purpose.
Basement Waterproofing The actual basement waterproofing requires three steps: drying the basement, sealing the basement, and fixing any remaining problems (like removing the mold, basement wall repair, and so on.) Drying the basement, as mentioned above, is generally a matter of pumping any standing water out and then using a powerful dehumidifier to dry up any wet spots that remain. The actual basement sealing is often a multi-step process by itself. It generally starts with plugging any cracks visible from the inside of the foundation and basement walls. A nice coat of waterproofing paint (NOT damp-proofing, but waterproofing) is the second part of the process. Then you polish it off by finding all of the holes (windows, ducts, pipes, etc.) between the inside of the basement and the outside, and caulk or otherwise seal around them.
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