By Brenda. Basement. Published at Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 - 12:06:08 PM.
A basement doesnt have to be a dark musky place where people store the junk they are never going to use, and where all the scary things happen in horror movies. With a little creativity and a few personal touches, your basement has the potential to become your favorite room in the house-or below the house. If your basement has never been worked on, you have a little pre-remodeling work to do. Before creating your masterpiece, you need to start with a blank canvass. Build your canvass by installing insulation and drywall on the walls and (most importantly) on the ceiling. If funky, urban-chic is the look youre after, go ahead and leave one of the concrete block (CMU) walls (or a portion of the wall) exposed. But choose wisely because its difficult to add electrical wiring on a CMU wall without making it look like an afterthought. Call a basement renovation contractor to help out with the construction.
Before using the space Wet basements make terrible storage space. Basement leaks will destroy anything organic in the area- including wood sub floors. And when the basement is not leaking, hydrostatic pressure outside of the home will push water through porous concrete, mortar, and dirt around the foundation walls and cause humidity levels within a basement to skyrocket. As the humidity in a basement rises, so do the levels of mold and dust mites. As warm air rises out of the top levels of the house and new air is pulled into the lower levels, humidity, foul odors, mold spores and dust mite feces in the air will rise up into the rest of the home, adding allergens to the home environment. Additionally, humid air is difficult to heat and cool, and the energy bills of the entire house will suffer.
If youre a do-it-yourselfer or just a concerned homeowner, be sure to keep these tips in mind. But, its always a good idea to contact a basement waterproofing professional who can evaluate the situation, discuss the best options to meet your homes needs and assure the installation is performed properly to protect your home. Contact Foundation Repair of Michigan today for basement waterproofing in Warren, MI. Theyre experts who specialize in foundation repair, crawl space encapsulation, and basement waterproofing. They also offer free quotes for all their services. Samantha Walton currently works as a web content writer for home improvement sites. 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.
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.
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