By Brenda. Basement. Published at Monday, March 19th, 2018 - 12:20:46 PM.
Moisture! Besides the cracks and buckling walls, mold is another sign that your basement needs to be waterproofed. In addition, basement waterproofing is ultimately the only way to remove mold in your basement. Basement waterproofing is more than just installing an internal or external drainage system, but its actually a process including crack repair as well as the installation of items such as a dehumidifier and/or sump pump. There are many ways to help waterproof your basement, thus remove mold-- but theyre all in the category of moisture control! Basement Waterproofing Benefits Not only can you remove the mold, but youll also be able to improve the air quality in your home. Its been estimated that a third to a half of the air on the first floor comes from the basement or crawl space, which means that a cleaner basement helps cleanup the rest of the homes air.
Your windows should be double paned vinyl windows for optimal insulation and soundproofing. On the ceiling, youre going to want a drop ceiling that will absorb noise from the basement and above floors alike. The floors should be laid down in a way that blocks water vapor from the basement floor and creates a thermal break on your basement floors so they dont feel as cold as the concrete below. Finally, ALL surfaces installed in the basement will need to be resilient to water damage. Even if a basement is completely waterproofed and a vapor barrier is placed on all surfaces, your basement is still susceptible to leaks from water heaters, bursting pipes, overflowing sinks, bathtubs, toilets, dishwashers, refrigerators, washing machines, and the countless other things that hold water and can run downhill, creating a flood in 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.
A basement doesnt have to be a dark musky place where people store the junk they are never going to use, and where all the scary things happen in horror movies. With a little creativity and a few personal touches, your basement has the potential to become your favorite room in the house-or below the house. If your basement has never been worked on, you have a little pre-remodeling work to do. Before creating your masterpiece, you need to start with a blank canvass. Build your canvass by installing insulation and drywall on the walls and (most importantly) on the ceiling. If funky, urban-chic is the look youre after, go ahead and leave one of the concrete block (CMU) walls (or a portion of the wall) exposed. But choose wisely because its difficult to add electrical wiring on a CMU wall without making it look like an afterthought. Call a basement renovation contractor to help out with the construction.
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