By Brenda. Basement. Published at Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 - 12:36:56 PM.
The Monster in the Basement Picture this: Your upstairs floor leaks whenever it rains. Water is dripping in and pooling on the floor. Even when its not raining, it always seems to be damp, humid, and musty up there. Everything you store there grows mold, and if youve laid wood floor and carpet, its growing moldy, rotting, and the wood is buckling. The windows are rusting and jammed, with spider webs growing in them, and the floor is cold and clammy underfoot. The ceiling is sagging and moldy. Simply put: your upstairs is ugly, uncomfortable and unhealthy. You avoid it whenever you can. Under any circumstances, is this acceptable Of course not! Then why would you let these conditions develop DOWNstairs You shouldnt. Its unacceptable. A basement represents an entire floors worth of space- a gigantic percentage of the potential living space in your home. To allow it to go unused is to deny the full potential of your home. And given the current housing market, this is a fantastic time to think about taking full advantage of every bit of space available in your home.
Remodeling Plans The efficiency of your basement design depends on how well you have converted your basement into an inhabitable area. You can create a recreational room for the family, home theater, wine cellar, teenage room, childrens playroom, spa, exercise gym or any other utility room of your choice with your basement. The actual plans and designs for your basement can be different depending on what you want to do with it. If you design your basement as a part of living space, you should also consider adding a basic bathroom to the basement to prevent frequent trips up the stairs. Preliminary Repairs Before starting with the basement remodeling, you should first take care of problems in your basement.
Finally, the last repairs can happen. This consists of finding any mold- or water-damaged items -- be they furniture, carpets, the walls themselves, or anything else -- and replacing them. Once all of the damaged goods are replaced (there shouldnt be many if you havent flooded yet), youre good to live in your basement again. Just keep an eye on the smell; its the first sign that another leak has sprung -- but you shouldnt have to worry about that for a last a couple of years. If you find any of these tasks outside of the range of being able to perform yourself, a good basement waterproofing company can usually assist you with some of these preventative steps at a relatively affordable rate.
Basement waterproofing also contributes to lessening wall cracks and wall buckling, water buildup, hydrostatic pressure and water damage. Water can still enter a basement due to plumbing leaks and even a water heater leak. But, with the proper waterproofing system you can be sure that your basement wont be permanently ruined. Between the internal drainage system and the sump pump, your basement will be properly taken care of-- and youll only need it waterproofed once. Then, once your basement has been waterproofed, you can consider having your basement finished without the fear of your newly finished basement being ruined by water-- unless your basement is finished with products and materials that are susceptible to damage.
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