Basement Makeover

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Basement Makeover

Is there a moisture issue?

If you are intent on a basement makeover  into something more functional, aesthetic and livable, be warned that you must contend with moisture issues (if they exist) first before you do any basement makeover. It is not wise to commence remodeling your basement if you have not yet solved the moisture issue(s).

FAQs on Basement Moisture Issues

Can basement moisture issues be completely eliminated?

Yes, in some cases, problems with moisture in the basement can be stopped 100%. However, even if you do not completely get rid of moisture, you can set out to mitigate moisture problems to a very manageable and problem-free level.

How do basement moisture problems develop?

Moisture issues in the basement arise in two ways – by water seepage and condensation. Water seepage refers to water that seeps from the ground through the floor and/or the surrounding walls of your basement. Condensation, on the other hand, occurs because basements are usually cold, and if the air is humid water condense on the cold surfaces.

What are the signs of basement moisture problems?

Probably the most serious and obvious sign of basement moisture problems is standing water on the floor of your basement. Other telltale signs include peeling paint, efflorescence or the deposition of white, chalky material on the walls, rotting wood and/or a musty smell or mold. If there are appliances on your basement, you could also notice rusting in or on your washer, dryer, water heater, etc.

What are the practical ways to solve basement moisture problems?

  1. Minimize water seepage in the basement.
    There are several ways by which you can drastically reduce water seepage around your basement. First, you can regrade the soil all around the foundation walls of your home to slop away from the house so that water moves away rather than towards the walls of your foundation. Secondly, you can create downspout extensions which carry rain water away from the basement walls. Thirdly, a simple cleaning up of the gutters can also reduce water seepage.
  2. Fill in gaps and cracks.
    Cracks, gaps and holes are obvious common entry points for moisture; and therefore, should be filled in with the appropriate filling material.
  3. Seal the outside foundation wall.
    One way you can significantly minimize water seepage in the basement is to seal off the exterior foundation wall with some type of surface bonding sealant. This requires experience, knowledge and training to apply it correctly and effectively.
  4. Install a sump pump.
    In cases of large intrusions of water, installation of a sump pump may be required. This is a major project as it usually involves breaking up a section of the basement floor and some plumbing and wiring installation.
  5. Apply masonry waterproofer.
    A waterproofing masonry sealer goes a long way in keeping moisture issues at bay in your basement. This kind of sealer can be applied by roll and brush.

Most basements in the Plymouth, Wareham, and Bourne MA areas have moisture issues and if you want a basement makeover the underlying cause of the moisture issues absolutely must be solved. If it isn’t, mold and mildew and that musty, dank smell will ruin your beautiful basement makeover. Innovation Construction Co, a finished basement company, will never makeover a basement until the moisture issue(s) are solved first. That’s our commitment to a high quality, long lasting home improvement project for your home.

Chuckle of the week:

While carpenters were working outside the old house I had just bought, I busied myself with indoor cleaning.
I had just finished washing the floor when one of the workmen asked to use the bathroom.
With dismay I looked from his muddy boots to my newly scrubbed floors.
“Just a minute,” I said, thinking of a quick solution.
“I’ll put down newspapers.”
“That’s all right, lady,” he responded. “I’m already trained.”

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