By Brenda. Basement. Published at Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 - 12:23:27 PM.
Meanwhile, mold is growing on anything organic in your basement. Boxes, cloth, leather, drywall paper on the walls and ceiling, wood, and anything else organic in the basement is a target. For the basement to be usable space, the relative humidity of the area should be brought below 60%. At this level, the area is comfortable for humans but dry enough to prevent mold and dust mites from thriving. Along with a sump pump and interior perimeter drain, an energy-efficient self-draining dehumidifier is the best answer for a dry basement. Before the rainy season A wet basement is easy to ignore during dry weather. But when a major storm hits, the amount of water that comes in can be hard to predict. Homeowners that previously only had a small leak once or twice a year can be shocked and disappointed to find that their basement has several inches-even feet- of water seemingly out of the blue. How serious a basement flood can be is sometimes hard to tell, and unless the investment is made in a basement waterproofing system, the risk of such a flood is always present. If you know stormy weather is ahead, then its a great idea to deal with the problem before it gets out of hand.
Before selling the home If youre looking to sell your home, a wet basement can be a deal breaker. Home buyers are not looking to purchase someone elses problem, and if they find out that the basement floods, they will often back out of the deal. Home inspectors are trained to find the signs of wet basements, and they will make finding these signs a top priority. In fact, 10% of the homes market value is lost with a wet basement. And because buyers will be reluctant to buy the home even at a discount, it will take much longer to sell it. In the end, fixing the basement properly with a sump pump and perimeter waterproofing system is a fast process- with a quality basement waterproofing contractor completing the job in 1-3 days- and it restores a great deal of value to your home.
Make the Most of What Youve Got! Finishing your basement runs at about 50% of the cost of adding a new addition to your home. Remodeling Online reports that nationwide, finishing a basement can increase the resale value of a home by about 61%-97% of the cost of the installation! All numbers aside, if your basement is leaking, you have an opportunity to take a problem in your home and change it into an asset. Here are some disadvantages to a damp basement: 1. If you have cement or block basement walls or floors, water collecting around your foundation in the looser backfilled earth is seeping through your porous cement basement structure. Even if your basement walls do not look damp, you can be sure that the moisture is seeping through and being pulled up by the air, much like the dirt in a potted plant does when the soil is wet but the surface is dry.
Is my basement leaking enough to need waterproofing This is a question that resounds with nearly every homeowner who is unfortunate enough to have a wet basement problem. If the basement is leaking only once a year, or the leaks are small, the decision can seem like a difficult one. As professional basement waterproofing specialists who have been in the business for 20 years, Basement Systems has found that there are these several key times when homeowners decide to waterproof their basement. When building the home Basements are imperfect concrete structures that will eventually begin to break down. Sooner or later, water is going to be able to make its way through cracks in the basement walls, floors, and through the foundation wall floor joint around the perimeter.
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