By Brenda. Basement. Published at Monday, March 05th, 2018 - 12:09:40 PM.
Pre-flood basement waterproofing isnt just a matter of a good basement sealing, though -- there are a couple of other elements youll want to look out for as well. Gutters Gutters play a huge part in preventing basement flooding. Put simply, if you dont have water pooling up against the outside of your basement wall, you wont have water seeping into your basement. A good gutter system makes sure that the water is deposited away from your home or, in some cases, in a vast underground cistern thats designed to handle a weeks heavy rain. Foundation Cracks Many people dont make the immediate connection between their basements waterproofing and the cracks in their houses foundation. Of course, if you stop and think about it you can see the mechanics: water comes in through the foundation, at which point it has only whatever your basement walls and floors are made out of before it gets into your basement proper -- and those items are often made of wood, which the water will eventually destroy or seep through regardless.
Would you be happier if they were a different color, shape, texture Think about it, this is an easy little tidbit that can have a whole lot of influence on the vibe of your basement. Your basement needs these support beams, so why not find a contractor who can help transform your beams to look more chic And theyre made out of long-lasting and durable materials too. Crown Molding A lot has to go into choosing the right design for your basement walls. You have to consider what paint to use, if you want to use a wall paper border, sponge paint, or if you want to use crown molding. Molding isnt just the pretty edging that you see, but it replaces the aluminum trim that some contractors would have used or you already see. Also, molding covers the seams that so easily can make a basement appear older and even unfinished. So the goal of properly designed crown molding is to not only disguise the seams, but to also provide your basement with an attractive and sophisticated design.
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.
As for the fixtures themselves, your options are pretty much limitless. Most basements (sadly) are lit by rejected, out of date lamps leftover from the upstairs area of the house. If youre doing a basement renovation, budgeting for quality lighting can pay off in the end. Though they are relatively expensive, recessed lighting fixtures in the ceiling can be a nice touch, particularly if they are switched so that each area or zone of your basement can be controlled independently. But if this isnt possible for you, a mixture of table and floor lamps can be just as functional. The key is to make sure that every single square foot of the basement has access to plenty of light.
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