The remodeling industry according to research is 52 billion dollars a year. It employs close to a million people, and grows steadily every year. Americans across the country spend countless hours in DIY projects or hiring contractors to do the work. From additions to their homes, to finishing basements, remodeling bathrooms or upgrading their kitchen cabinetry, Americans spend time and money to better their homes and improve their resale values. If you are thinking about improving a part of your home, consider those remodeling projects that will give you a better resell value for your home, and will better your quality of life. A mold free, water free basement is one of those projects that will not only improve your resale value, but will improve your quality of life.
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Don’t allow a leaky basement to ruin your home. Use these tips to spot a leak and patch it up, keeping your basement dry.
There are a number of ways that water can make its way into your home, causing a leaky basement. In order to solve the problem, you must first determine the origin of the leak.
If your basement has windows, check the seal around the window frame to be sure there are no cracks, holes or rotting sections of wood. If there are, consider replacing the entire frame.
Patch all cracks in the basement walls with a sealant and check the floor for any other cracks that may be causing water seepage. If the foundation is severely cracked, consult an experienced contractor to repair the damage.
Too much moisture in a home can lead to mold, mildew, and other biological growths. This in turn can lead to a variety of health effects ranging from allergic reactions and asthma attacks to more serious illnesses. In addition to health problems, severe moisture problems can lead to rot, structural damage or premature paint failure. Consider these techniques to control moisture that can occur in your basement:
- Fix leaks, drips, and seepage problems.
- Ensure wet areas are dry within 24 to 48 hours to prevent mold growth. Thoroughly clean and dry water-damaged carpets and consider removal and replacement of items that appear to be permanently water damaged. If mold and mildew does appear on hard surfaces, wash, and then let it dry completely.
Solving wet-basement problems is one of the most important things you can do to protect the value of your home and health of your family.
Not only does a wet basement feel and smell nasty, it poses a great risk to your home’s value. Left unchecked, basement moisture can ruin floors and walls, encourag
Here are eight strategies to keep water out of your basement.
1. Add gutter extensions
If downspouts are dumping water less than 5 feet away from your house, you can guide water farther out by adding plastic or metal gutter extensions.