By Brenda. Basement. Published at Sunday, February 25th, 2018 - 12:08:55 PM.
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.
Although many homeowners assume they are protected against flooding or water buildup in their basement, most are not. And the truth is that a basement unprotected from potential water damage could cost a homeowner thousands of dollars in repairs, as well as unnecessary headaches and stress. To keep your basement dry and protected from floods, leaks, and humidity, there are a few important steps one must take. Continue reading to learn how to protect your home with a state of the art basement waterproofing system. Self-Draining Sump Pump Prevents Basement Flooding In many homes, a basement is an unused room that one simply passes through from time to time. But with the help of a basement waterproofing system, any basement can be transformed from damp and dreary into a healthy and usable space.
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.
A Contractor Thats Right For The Job! If youve identified with needing to add a little something extra to your basement, but you didnt know how; now you do! Dont feel like you have a solution and no way to implement it to your basement. Find a contractor near you! Samantha Walton currently works as a web content writer for home improvement sites, and Illinois basement finishing contractors. Shes a college graduate with a B.A. in communication and a concentration in public relations. Shes aspiring to one day further her education with a seminary degree. Her experience ranges from internships in marketing and public relations, content writing for local television broadcasts, to writing and editing newsletters, fliers, and other content for her local church.
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