By Brenda. Basement. Published at Wednesday, April 04th, 2018 - 12:10:59 PM.
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.
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!
A damp, wet and leaky basement can be a big problem for homeowners. When water enters a basement, over time, it can and will affect the whole house. Water can cause mild to severe damage to a foundation, and create other problems with mildew and harmful molds-- especially for adults and children with breathing problems including asthma. By preventing leaks and moisture problems youre beginning to understand the reasons why basements leak! Water Damages All Types of Basements Basements can be used for many different things; storage, additional living space, work space and play area for small children. In some homes, basements are used only as a place of storage. In other homes, basements are used as fully furnished living spaces, no different from any other living space in the home. Nonetheless, water is a hassle if water enters your basements-- regardless how youve chosen to use your basement.
The Monster in the Basement Picture this: Your upstairs floor leaks whenever it rains. Water is dripping in and pooling on the floor. Even when its not raining, it always seems to be damp, humid, and musty up there. Everything you store there grows mold, and if youve laid wood floor and carpet, its growing moldy, rotting, and the wood is buckling. The windows are rusting and jammed, with spider webs growing in them, and the floor is cold and clammy underfoot. The ceiling is sagging and moldy. Simply put: your upstairs is ugly, uncomfortable and unhealthy. You avoid it whenever you can. Under any circumstances, is this acceptable Of course not! Then why would you let these conditions develop DOWNstairs You shouldnt. Its unacceptable. A basement represents an entire floors worth of space- a gigantic percentage of the potential living space in your home. To allow it to go unused is to deny the full potential of your home. And given the current housing market, this is a fantastic time to think about taking full advantage of every bit of space available in your home.
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