How To Protect Your Basement From Flooding

stock-photo-3164773-executive-home-bar-and-entertainment-roomTo finish the basement in your home and add value to your house, there are many choices that homeowners look into before deciding to commit to a contract to finish their basement.  Adding space in your home for relaxation or other activities shouldn’t come with a big prize tag, but the prize escalates if you need to fix a leak or your basement is damp or has other major issues.  According to Kitchen Masters the cost of finishing a basement is only $40 to $75 a square foot. Before committing to a finish basement contract make sure your basement is waterproofed and has no major issues.

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Recover from and prevent basement flooding

Weekly rain storms and melting snow can cause basement flooding, even if you don’t live near the water.

Todd Lutinski owner of Todd Lutinski’s Dry Zone Basement Systems joined the Rhode Show Tuesday and provided some great tips regarding basement flooding maintenance and prevention.

He covered everything from the importance of waterproofing your basement to common mistakes DIY homeowners make while trying to correct basement issues.

For more information, visit their website, and watch their appearance on The Rhode Show by clicking the video above.

Basement Waterproofing Can Save Your Home from Structural Damage

One of the most important aspects of protecting a home is by waterproofing the house against bad and inclement weather, which is typical in most Australian cities. It is also mandatory by law in most cities that homes should be waterproofed to meet safety regulations as dictated by the town councils. In this regard, Australia Wide Painters have had years of experience providing Basement Waterproofing services to homeowners, residential buildings, schools, colleges, hospitals, hotels, commercial establishments, and local and federal government buildings. Their staff consists of experienced professionals who have been working for them for years and have the ability to complete their assignments on time, on budget, and with customer satisfaction, as can be evidenced by the testimony of satisfied customers. The concept of waterproofing is to stop moisture and damp from entering the premises being waterproofed and causing any kind of structural damage; it could include areas which are not properly ventilated.

In many homes, the rooms that are waterproofed include areas that are damp and wet like bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms. However, other areas which frequently require water proofing include roofs, balconies, garages, and basements. Though the initial outlay for Basement Waterproofing is quite small when compared with the decoration budget, it will give the homeowner peace of mind as any damage caused by improper waterproofing can become very expensive in the long run. At Australia Wide Painters, their experts have stated: “We will conduct a proper evaluation of the home and all areas that could be susceptible to water leaks before filing a report and quotation for the project. These checks include areas like under decks, bathroom floors, basements, and other areas where moisture could condense, especially when using central heating.”

5 Myths About Basement Waterproofing

The basement waterproofing industry is riddled with myths and misconceptions. Here are five myths about basement waterproofing.

Myth #1: All you really need is black tar paint on the foundation wall and you are good to go!

Black tar or waterproof paint applied to the inside or the outside of the foundation is not waterproofing. If you are building a new addition on your house or new construction and the contractor tries to tell you that the black paint will waterproof the foundation wall know it is a myth. While it may keep out some vapor, alone it will not work to keep your basement dry. Basement waterproofing is about water diversion. A waterproofing system works with several different components to keep the water out and if the water gets in it provides a way out.

Myth #2: Your basement will still leak after basement waterproofing is done.

This is a common misconception when only partial work is done in the basement. Sometimes a homeowner requests to fix the leak on one side of the basement and doesn’t install a full basement waterproofing system. While the contractor will guarantee the work that was done, if it is only on one side of the basement the other side of the basement could have problems in the future. A good waterproofing contractor will help you understand the benefits and risks of the waterproofing work you choose to install. Therefore, this is a partial myth and based on a misunderstanding. If you want your basement to remain dry, you need to install a waterproofing system for the whole basement.


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