By Brenda. Basement. Published at Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 - 12:36:19 PM.
Finally, the last repairs can happen. This consists of finding any mold- or water-damaged items -- be they furniture, carpets, the walls themselves, or anything else -- and replacing them. Once all of the damaged goods are replaced (there shouldnt be many if you havent flooded yet), youre good to live in your basement again. Just keep an eye on the smell; its the first sign that another leak has sprung -- but you shouldnt have to worry about that for a last a couple of years. If you find any of these tasks outside of the range of being able to perform yourself, a good basement waterproofing company can usually assist you with some of these preventative steps at a relatively affordable rate.
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.
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Pre-flood basement waterproofing isnt just a matter of a good basement sealing, though -- there are a couple of other elements youll want to look out for as well. Gutters Gutters play a huge part in preventing basement flooding. Put simply, if you dont have water pooling up against the outside of your basement wall, you wont have water seeping into your basement. A good gutter system makes sure that the water is deposited away from your home or, in some cases, in a vast underground cistern thats designed to handle a weeks heavy rain. Foundation Cracks Many people dont make the immediate connection between their basements waterproofing and the cracks in their houses foundation. Of course, if you stop and think about it you can see the mechanics: water comes in through the foundation, at which point it has only whatever your basement walls and floors are made out of before it gets into your basement proper -- and those items are often made of wood, which the water will eventually destroy or seep through regardless.
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