By Brenda. Basement. Published at Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 - 12:37:52 PM.
Basement waterproofing specialists have a lot of tools at their disposal for getting water out of your basement. Interior drainage systems, sump pumps, industrial-strength dehumidifiers, and other even more advanced techniques can dry out a flooded basement in no time. Of course, there is an even better way to deal with a wet basement: prevent it. With a proper basement sealing before you get water in basementsyndrome, you can prevent all of the damage that accompanies basement flooding. You can skip out on the costs of mold removal, basement wall repair or even a complete basement remodeling. A little bit of foresight can save you a boatload of money.
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.
Before finishing the basement Finishing a basement is a fantastic idea. At half the price of building an addition on the home and without the loss of yard space, a basement finishing turns the single largest area of empty space in a home into a new living room, family room, game room, basement bar, basement bathroom, mother in laws suite, wine cellar, or anything else that can be imagined for the area. A national average of 75% of the price of the remodeled basement pays back for itself immediately in an increase in the value of the home and by 2010, when the housing market is expected to improve, this payback will be even better. Basements are naturally quiet, private spaces, and finishing them is a fantastic way to accommodate for a growing family.
There are several ways to waterproof your basement, including French drains, sump pumps, dehumidifiers, and sealants. Any or all of these basement waterproofing techniques will help keep your basement dry, your homes living space safe, and increase your homes comfort and overall monetary value. How Water Enters a Basement Water typically enters a home or basement in one (or more) of three ways: via air movement, heat transfer, or diffusion. Of these, air movement is by far the most common method of water vapor movement in a basement. Because air moves from high- to low-pressure areas (by any means necessary), it can transfer moisture through any open holes, cracks, or unsealed spaces in a basements walls or floors. Water can even pass through small cracks in concrete, wood, or masonry blocks via capillary action. These small cracks are able to absorb water in any direction, causing serious damage to a homes basement.
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