By Brenda. Basement. Published at Friday, April 13th, 2018 - 10:35:21 AM.
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.
Dont condemn yourself; there are plenty of ways that you can get the results that you want without driving yourself crazy. Where are the areas that your basement could use some finishing touches and make your basement remodeling a grade-A project When youve found the right remodeling contractor to help you locate the finishing touches that can really add that flare to your basement that youve been looking for, then you are all set to go! The Support Beam Most basements have a few randomly positioned posts that just tend to get in the way and take away from the beauty of the basement. If your basement has already been finished, and youre trying to find ways to make it a bit fresher and have that added appeal then you should consider working with what youve got! This means, dont look at those poles with disgust and spend all your time worrying about how ugly they are, do something about what it is that you dont like about them.
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.
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.
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