By Brenda. Basement. Published at Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 - 12:36:19 PM.
Basement Air Is your basement fully-finished and beautiful, but theres a funky smell a-lurking Odds are there may be some mold in your basement. Although your basement may be finished, do you know if your contractor used all waterproof materials Yes, from your ceiling tiles to your floor tiles, you can have a fully and permanently waterproof basement. That means mold-free. So, if you think you have a mold-free basement, and theres still some smells or pet dander that you just want to get rid of, then you should invest in a dehumidifier. The dehumidifier can be hidden in an unfinished part of your basement and best of all, it will add to the overall enjoyment of the space. If someone walks into a room and gets greeted with an alarmingly pungent smell; odds are youre going to lose your guest. So, if your biggest concern is the air quality and maintaining clean and clear airflow, then consider asking your trusted contractor for the best air dehumidifier around. You deserve the best, so make sure you ask.
Location, Location, Location There are a lot of different reasons why a basement can and will leak. One of the common ways basements become problematic is when water seeps into the basement through small and hidden holes or cracks in the walls, joints or floor boards. Basements are generally wet and damp by nature because theyre located below ground, near water sources, and moist soil. Some homeowners tend to believe the only way to dry out their basement of moisture and dampness is to use a dehumidifier, which rids the air of excess moisture. However, this process doesnt attack the source of the problem! Drainage Drainage systems around the home can also cause some basement water issues. If the drainage system is improperly installed, damaged or clogged it can easily cause water to back up or freely flow into your homes basement. This problem can be solved easily by maintaining and keeping drains clear, or by installing a new drainage system.
The cracks in the walls and floors must be patched up. In most homes, plumbing and lighting will be left uncared in a basement. Water leaks should be completely sealed before working on your basement design. Damaged flooring and roofing must be repaired before starting the remodeling work. In some cases, it may be required to demolish a part of the basement floor in order to proceed with the rest of the design. Flooring Any basement will only have unfinished floors and laying out the floors is an important part of basement remodeling. The recreational rooms must be constructed close to natural light areas because your basement will be naturally darker than other parts of your home. You can add a new type of flooring to differentiate your basement from the rest of the house or you can simply use the same flooring theme you have in your home. Ceiling The type of ceiling used in the basement can be different depending on how your basement is constructed. Dropped ceiling tiles are a common choice among home owners.
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.
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