By Brenda. Basement. Published at Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 - 12:31:49 PM.
Before finishing the basement Finishing a basement is a fantastic idea. At half the price of building an addition on the home and without the loss of yard space, a basement finishing turns the single largest area of empty space in a home into a new living room, family room, game room, basement bar, basement bathroom, mother in laws suite, wine cellar, or anything else that can be imagined for the area. A national average of 75% of the price of the remodeled basement pays back for itself immediately in an increase in the value of the home and by 2010, when the housing market is expected to improve, this payback will be even better. Basements are naturally quiet, private spaces, and finishing them is a fantastic way to accommodate for a growing family.
2. Humid basement air creates a reliable environment for mold growth. If you allow that moisture to remain, theres nothing stopping mold from collecting on any and all organic surfaces in your basement, including drywall, carpet, and hardwood floors. 3. If your basement has a musty smell, that would be from the airborne fecal material from dust mites and mold spores in your basement air. Because this air travels upwards in your house (like in a chimney), these airborne materials will rise through your house and enter your lungs when you breathe. This has been known to create and intensify a variety of breathing related ailments. 4. A leaking basement is not a reliable storage space. Any valuables you have there will be vulnerable to the flooding conditions.
Water Damage What are the signs of water damage Sometimes the damage is very noticeable. For example, when there are water stains on the walls, this could be from previous water damage, whether or not you were living in the home when it happened. In addition, if you find cracks on your walls or buckling walls your future is likely to include water damage. How does your basement smell If youve noticed a musty smell or some guests have commented on a particular smell, it could be from mold growing in your basement. Perhaps youve never seen mold in your basement-- doesnt mean its not there! The Infamy of Mold Moldy isnt the best word to use to describe your basement, or any of your homes for that matter. Unfortunately, mold is also very sneaky and a lot of time passes before many homeowners notice the mold in their basements.
Pre-flood basement waterproofing isnt just a matter of a good basement sealing, though -- there are a couple of other elements youll want to look out for as well. Gutters Gutters play a huge part in preventing basement flooding. Put simply, if you dont have water pooling up against the outside of your basement wall, you wont have water seeping into your basement. A good gutter system makes sure that the water is deposited away from your home or, in some cases, in a vast underground cistern thats designed to handle a weeks heavy rain. Foundation Cracks Many people dont make the immediate connection between their basements waterproofing and the cracks in their houses foundation. Of course, if you stop and think about it you can see the mechanics: water comes in through the foundation, at which point it has only whatever your basement walls and floors are made out of before it gets into your basement proper -- and those items are often made of wood, which the water will eventually destroy or seep through regardless.
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