By Brenda. Basement. Published at Sunday, March 11th, 2018 - 12:13:55 PM.
Some homeowners counter this issue by installing newer energy efficient replacement windows. The Lack of Waterproofing The greatest problem, however, is not waterproofing an unfinished basement. Not everyone wants to finish the basement-thats okay. But, no one wants a messy, damp, and leaky basement. These very conditions are common if a basement expert hasnt inspected the basement environment and properly waterproofed. More than likely, the contractor will recommend installing a water drainage system in the floor and a sump pump to properly direct unwanted water out and away from the foundation. Whether your basement is finished or unfinished, waterproofing is essential to keeping it healthy, safe, and dry. Unfortunately, waterproofing should be done before finishing because finishing can actually cover up the problem only worsening it as time progresses. Not only that, but your finished basement could accrue some hefty damages if it isnt finished with waterproof materials or materials resistant to water damage. In a sense, having these kinds of products and materials to finish your basements, youre actually waterproofing it as well!
Meanwhile, mold is growing on anything organic in your basement. Boxes, cloth, leather, drywall paper on the walls and ceiling, wood, and anything else organic in the basement is a target. For the basement to be usable space, the relative humidity of the area should be brought below 60%. At this level, the area is comfortable for humans but dry enough to prevent mold and dust mites from thriving. Along with a sump pump and interior perimeter drain, an energy-efficient self-draining dehumidifier is the best answer for a dry basement. Before the rainy season A wet basement is easy to ignore during dry weather. But when a major storm hits, the amount of water that comes in can be hard to predict. Homeowners that previously only had a small leak once or twice a year can be shocked and disappointed to find that their basement has several inches-even feet- of water seemingly out of the blue. How serious a basement flood can be is sometimes hard to tell, and unless the investment is made in a basement waterproofing system, the risk of such a flood is always present. If you know stormy weather is ahead, then its a great idea to deal with the problem before it gets out of hand.
Remodeling Plans The efficiency of your basement design depends on how well you have converted your basement into an inhabitable area. You can create a recreational room for the family, home theater, wine cellar, teenage room, childrens playroom, spa, exercise gym or any other utility room of your choice with your basement. The actual plans and designs for your basement can be different depending on what you want to do with it. If you design your basement as a part of living space, you should also consider adding a basic bathroom to the basement to prevent frequent trips up the stairs. Preliminary Repairs Before starting with the basement remodeling, you should first take care of problems in your basement.
Location, Location, Location There are a lot of different reasons why a basement can and will leak. One of the common ways basements become problematic is when water seeps into the basement through small and hidden holes or cracks in the walls, joints or floor boards. Basements are generally wet and damp by nature because theyre located below ground, near water sources, and moist soil. Some homeowners tend to believe the only way to dry out their basement of moisture and dampness is to use a dehumidifier, which rids the air of excess moisture. However, this process doesnt attack the source of the problem! Drainage Drainage systems around the home can also cause some basement water issues. If the drainage system is improperly installed, damaged or clogged it can easily cause water to back up or freely flow into your homes basement. This problem can be solved easily by maintaining and keeping drains clear, or by installing a new drainage system.
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