By Brenda. Basement. Published at Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 - 12:23:27 PM.
2. Humid basement air creates a reliable environment for mold growth. If you allow that moisture to remain, theres nothing stopping mold from collecting on any and all organic surfaces in your basement, including drywall, carpet, and hardwood floors. 3. If your basement has a musty smell, that would be from the airborne fecal material from dust mites and mold spores in your basement air. Because this air travels upwards in your house (like in a chimney), these airborne materials will rise through your house and enter your lungs when you breathe. This has been known to create and intensify a variety of breathing related ailments. 4. A leaking basement is not a reliable storage space. Any valuables you have there will be vulnerable to the flooding conditions.
A great way to prevent basement flooding is by installing a self-draining sump pump and perimeter drainage system. A sump pump works to collect excess water in your basement and expel the water outside, away from the home. Without a sump pump or comparable basement waterproofing system, water can quickly and easily build up in your homes lower level and cause serious damage. Speak with a certified basement systems specialist about the type of basement drainage system thats right for your home and budget. And remember to only consider a sump pump with a battery backup system, as it will continue to protect your basement from flooding even if you lose power during a heavy rainstorm. Moisture Barriers help Prevent Leaks Basement walls and floors are susceptible to leakage if moisture can easily pass through the lower levels of your home. And unfortunately, this is the case with most basements. Even if your basement looks dry, theres a very good chance that moisture is continuously entering the area in the form of water vapor.
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.
Some homeowners counter this issue by installing newer energy efficient replacement windows. The Lack of Waterproofing The greatest problem, however, is not waterproofing an unfinished basement. Not everyone wants to finish the basement-thats okay. But, no one wants a messy, damp, and leaky basement. These very conditions are common if a basement expert hasnt inspected the basement environment and properly waterproofed. More than likely, the contractor will recommend installing a water drainage system in the floor and a sump pump to properly direct unwanted water out and away from the foundation. Whether your basement is finished or unfinished, waterproofing is essential to keeping it healthy, safe, and dry. Unfortunately, waterproofing should be done before finishing because finishing can actually cover up the problem only worsening it as time progresses. Not only that, but your finished basement could accrue some hefty damages if it isnt finished with waterproof materials or materials resistant to water damage. In a sense, having these kinds of products and materials to finish your basements, youre actually waterproofing it as well!
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