By Brenda. Basement. Published at Friday, April 13th, 2018 - 10:23:38 AM.
A Beautiful Living Space If you want to use your basement as a clean, dry area instead not using it and keeping it as a moldy, wet and health-compromising space, then you have no reason to invest in it. However, this is what your basement could become: A beautiful family room with couches, game tables and a TV A naturally quiet and secluded-feeling home office A home theater with a flat screen mounted on a hardboard wall A personal gym with mats, weights and treadmills A safe, secluded play room for the children A beautiful and sophisticated wine cellar To accomplish this, youre going to want basement finishing and remodeling products that can create a vapor barrier between your living space and the cold, wet basement surfaces. On the walls, Id recommend a solid, free-standing cement board and hard foam insulation so you can attach shelves, pictures, a plasma TV or anything else to their surface without concern.
Basement waterproofing also contributes to lessening wall cracks and wall buckling, water buildup, hydrostatic pressure and water damage. Water can still enter a basement due to plumbing leaks and even a water heater leak. But, with the proper waterproofing system you can be sure that your basement wont be permanently ruined. Between the internal drainage system and the sump pump, your basement will be properly taken care of-- and youll only need it waterproofed once. Then, once your basement has been waterproofed, you can consider having your basement finished without the fear of your newly finished basement being ruined by water-- unless your basement is finished with products and materials that are susceptible to damage.
While natural light is best, for some basements its just not possible. In these cases, artificial light can be used to create a more welcoming space. Since you are probably going to use your basement for a variety of different activities, go ahead and use several different kinds of lighting. Newer CFL (compact fluorescent) bulbs are gaining popularity because they are energy efficient and fit into traditional incandescent fixtures. Technically, they give off the same amount of light as a traditional incandescent, but some designers argue that the aesthetic quality of the light is inferior. Dont be afraid to mix CFLs with incandescent. Use the CFL lights for everyday use, and the incandescent lights for ambiance and more visually demanding tasks.
Is my basement leaking enough to need waterproofing This is a question that resounds with nearly every homeowner who is unfortunate enough to have a wet basement problem. If the basement is leaking only once a year, or the leaks are small, the decision can seem like a difficult one. As professional basement waterproofing specialists who have been in the business for 20 years, Basement Systems has found that there are these several key times when homeowners decide to waterproof their basement. When building the home Basements are imperfect concrete structures that will eventually begin to break down. Sooner or later, water is going to be able to make its way through cracks in the basement walls, floors, and through the foundation wall floor joint around the perimeter.
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