By Brenda. Basement. Published at Friday, February 16th, 2018 - 13:20:35 PM.
As a preventative measure, most homes are built with a footing drain around the exterior of the home. Unfortunately, an exterior perimeter French drain outside of the home will clog as soil from around the home gets into the system. When filter fabric is laid down with a French drain, that fabric will also clog. Either way, your basement will still be unprotected from foundation water. Servicing these drains requires excavation around the entire home- which means that gardens, porches, steps, and anything else up against the home will need to be removed. Instead of building an exterior drainage system, install an interior French drain system with a cast-iron Zoeller sump pump. An interior system is much easier to maintain and service, and you wont need to have an invasive excavation of your yard performed. New more efficient French drains such as WaterGuard are installed on top of the footing of the foundation and underneath the basement floor, making them almost invisible in your home and fully compatible with basement wall products that can also protect you from leaking basement walls and floors.
A great way to prevent basement flooding is by installing a self-draining sump pump and perimeter drainage system. A sump pump works to collect excess water in your basement and expel the water outside, away from the home. Without a sump pump or comparable basement waterproofing system, water can quickly and easily build up in your homes lower level and cause serious damage. Speak with a certified basement systems specialist about the type of basement drainage system thats right for your home and budget. And remember to only consider a sump pump with a battery backup system, as it will continue to protect your basement from flooding even if you lose power during a heavy rainstorm. Moisture Barriers help Prevent Leaks Basement walls and floors are susceptible to leakage if moisture can easily pass through the lower levels of your home. And unfortunately, this is the case with most basements. Even if your basement looks dry, theres a very good chance that moisture is continuously entering the area in the form of water vapor.
Would you be happier if they were a different color, shape, texture Think about it, this is an easy little tidbit that can have a whole lot of influence on the vibe of your basement. Your basement needs these support beams, so why not find a contractor who can help transform your beams to look more chic And theyre made out of long-lasting and durable materials too. Crown Molding A lot has to go into choosing the right design for your basement walls. You have to consider what paint to use, if you want to use a wall paper border, sponge paint, or if you want to use crown molding. Molding isnt just the pretty edging that you see, but it replaces the aluminum trim that some contractors would have used or you already see. Also, molding covers the seams that so easily can make a basement appear older and even unfinished. So the goal of properly designed crown molding is to not only disguise the seams, but to also provide your basement with an attractive and sophisticated design.
Have fun with the staircase, it doesnt have to just be something that you ignore as you enter a room, but it can be what draws you to want to go there in the first place! Windows Not just in the basement, but throughout the whole home; windows seem to be forgotten. Sure, curtains, and window stickies are popular, but replacing and updating windows tend to be the homeowners last resort. Maybe they arent fun enough for you If thats the case, then have some fun! Windows can be a beautiful addition to your basement, even though most basements dont have too many windows; they do tend to have one. If that window has been around since the dark ages, odds are your energy bill could probably go down if you just replaced your window. Some older windows are no longer in good condition so air escapes when you want it to stay in the room.
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