By Brenda. Basement. Published at Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 - 12:07:02 PM.
There are several ways to waterproof your basement, including French drains, sump pumps, dehumidifiers, and sealants. Any or all of these basement waterproofing techniques will help keep your basement dry, your homes living space safe, and increase your homes comfort and overall monetary value. How Water Enters a Basement Water typically enters a home or basement in one (or more) of three ways: via air movement, heat transfer, or diffusion. Of these, air movement is by far the most common method of water vapor movement in a basement. Because air moves from high- to low-pressure areas (by any means necessary), it can transfer moisture through any open holes, cracks, or unsealed spaces in a basements walls or floors. Water can even pass through small cracks in concrete, wood, or masonry blocks via capillary action. These small cracks are able to absorb water in any direction, causing serious damage to a homes basement.
So what can you do to protect your basement from water vapor damage and leaks Hire a certified basement specialist to install a moisture or vapor barrier on your basement walls and floors. This covering will not only improve the appearance of your basement, but also keep it dry and safe year-round. It is important, however, to install a moisture barrier after installing a reliable basement drainage system, such as a sump pump previously discussed. The two systems go hand-in-hand and are extremely effective basement waterproofing agents. Energy-Efficient Dehumidifiers Help Prevent Humidity and Mold Growth One of the most important steps in your basement makeover is to install an energy-efficient dehumidifier. A dehumidifier works to remove moisture from your basement, thus lowering the humidity level. Why is this important Because mold cannot grow in an area with low humidity and can cause such health issues as allergies, asthma, and skin and eye irritation. Mold and rot can also cause structural damage to your home. A basement dehumidifier can help prevent mold, mildew, and rot by reducing humidity, thus making your basement a safer and more habitable space.
Moisture! Besides the cracks and buckling walls, mold is another sign that your basement needs to be waterproofed. In addition, basement waterproofing is ultimately the only way to remove mold in your basement. Basement waterproofing is more than just installing an internal or external drainage system, but its actually a process including crack repair as well as the installation of items such as a dehumidifier and/or sump pump. There are many ways to help waterproof your basement, thus remove mold-- but theyre all in the category of moisture control! Basement Waterproofing Benefits Not only can you remove the mold, but youll also be able to improve the air quality in your home. Its been estimated that a third to a half of the air on the first floor comes from the basement or crawl space, which means that a cleaner basement helps cleanup the rest of the homes air.
Unfortunately, a flooding basement will quickly ruin wood, drywall and furniture. And once the immediate flooding has been pumped out, organic materials in the basement- including carpeting, wood sub floors, furniture, and other storied items will be ruined and in need of replacement. Drywall (even mold-resistant drywall and green board) can also easily be ruined by water. The investment made on the home is quickly lost, and the basement remodeling is wasted. Because of this, its extremely important that a basement waterproofing system be installed before the basement is finished. In fact, some homeowners will take the precaution of installing a perimeter drainage system and sump pump inside the home before the basement remodeling in order to ensure a long payback for their home improvement investment.
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