By Brenda. Basement. Published at Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 - 12:36:38 PM.
Make the Most of What Youve Got! Finishing your basement runs at about 50% of the cost of adding a new addition to your home. Remodeling Online reports that nationwide, finishing a basement can increase the resale value of a home by about 61%-97% of the cost of the installation! All numbers aside, if your basement is leaking, you have an opportunity to take a problem in your home and change it into an asset. Here are some disadvantages to a damp basement: 1. If you have cement or block basement walls or floors, water collecting around your foundation in the looser backfilled earth is seeping through your porous cement basement structure. Even if your basement walls do not look damp, you can be sure that the moisture is seeping through and being pulled up by the air, much like the dirt in a potted plant does when the soil is wet but the surface is dry.
Some homeowners counter this issue by installing newer energy efficient replacement windows. The Lack of Waterproofing The greatest problem, however, is not waterproofing an unfinished basement. Not everyone wants to finish the basement-thats okay. But, no one wants a messy, damp, and leaky basement. These very conditions are common if a basement expert hasnt inspected the basement environment and properly waterproofed. More than likely, the contractor will recommend installing a water drainage system in the floor and a sump pump to properly direct unwanted water out and away from the foundation. Whether your basement is finished or unfinished, waterproofing is essential to keeping it healthy, safe, and dry. Unfortunately, waterproofing should be done before finishing because finishing can actually cover up the problem only worsening it as time progresses. Not only that, but your finished basement could accrue some hefty damages if it isnt finished with waterproof materials or materials resistant to water damage. In a sense, having these kinds of products and materials to finish your basements, youre actually waterproofing it as well!
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.
3. Add Accessories Even though your basement is an extension of your home, it should function for your family as an oasis from the stresses of everyday life. The location of your basement isolates it from the rest of your house (and the rest of the world). We tend to think of basements as a safe place physically, since they are the place you run to for protection during dubious weather. However, a basement can also be a safe place emotionally. So, its appropriate for your basement to be decorated to reflect your personal tastes and passions. Fill it with the things you love (Note: this does not mean that you should clutter it up with junk that you simply cant part with.) Think about the activities that you enjoy doing in your spare time, and equip your basement accordingly. Set up a stereo so that you can listen to your favorite music. If you like to play cards, set up a table for this purpose.
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