By Brenda. Basement. Published at Friday, April 13th, 2018 - 10:30:46 AM.
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!
Before selling the home If youre looking to sell your home, a wet basement can be a deal breaker. Home buyers are not looking to purchase someone elses problem, and if they find out that the basement floods, they will often back out of the deal. Home inspectors are trained to find the signs of wet basements, and they will make finding these signs a top priority. In fact, 10% of the homes market value is lost with a wet basement. And because buyers will be reluctant to buy the home even at a discount, it will take much longer to sell it. In the end, fixing the basement properly with a sump pump and perimeter waterproofing system is a fast process- with a quality basement waterproofing contractor completing the job in 1-3 days- and it restores a great deal of value to your home.
Once the smell comes, the mold must be found and properly removed. Although your walls may appear clean and mold free, the mold is most likely lurking on the other side of the wall. For example, mold loves to feed on dry wall or any other organic material such as cardboard, wood and paper. Thus, all organic materials in a basement are susceptible to growing mold. If you dont want to scour through your basement and fear missing the mold, contact a mold mitigation expert near you. Removing the Mold Above all, if you decide to try and maintain low mold levels, you must remove the source of the mold. By just wiping or taking the mold off of a surface, youre only removing the current mold spawn, but plenty more will come. In fact, mold can grow in 24-48 hours! The Source of Mold.
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.
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