By Brenda. Basement. Published at Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 - 12:31:32 PM.
Make the Most of What Youve Got! Finishing your basement runs at about 50% of the cost of adding a new addition to your home. Remodeling Online reports that nationwide, finishing a basement can increase the resale value of a home by about 61%-97% of the cost of the installation! All numbers aside, if your basement is leaking, you have an opportunity to take a problem in your home and change it into an asset. Here are some disadvantages to a damp basement: 1. If you have cement or block basement walls or floors, water collecting around your foundation in the looser backfilled earth is seeping through your porous cement basement structure. Even if your basement walls do not look damp, you can be sure that the moisture is seeping through and being pulled up by the air, much like the dirt in a potted plant does when the soil is wet but the surface is dry.
Outdoor Leaks Outside spigots and leaky pipes that homeowners arent frequently maintaining can also tend to drip and leak, causing dampness and moisture issues in the basement. Thus, its recommend that homeowners shut off water to the outside spigots during the winter months. This will help protect the pipes from freezing, breaking and cracking, and protect your basement from unwanted moisture. Another common and easily overlooked leak is through the basement windows in your home. Drainage problems can occur when theres an over abundance of rain or snow fall, because the windows tend to leak at ground level where the precipitation is building.
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 Contractor Thats Right For The Job! If youve identified with needing to add a little something extra to your basement, but you didnt know how; now you do! Dont feel like you have a solution and no way to implement it to your basement. Find a contractor near you! Samantha Walton currently works as a web content writer for home improvement sites, and Illinois basement finishing contractors. Shes a college graduate with a B.A. in communication and a concentration in public relations. Shes aspiring to one day further her education with a seminary degree. Her experience ranges from internships in marketing and public relations, content writing for local television broadcasts, to writing and editing newsletters, fliers, and other content for her local church.
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