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Basement Waterproofing: How to Discover and Correct Water Damaged Basements

Basement Waterproofing: How to Discover and Correct Water Damaged Basements

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April 5, 2010

"A wet basement is definitely a structural issue" says Reliable Remodeler blogger Jeffrey Anderson in "Finding the Cause of a Wet Basement," a blog post focused on basement waterproofing. For new homes with chronically wet basements, Anderson recommends contacting the home warranty issuers. For recently purchased, previously occupied homes, contact the realtor and former owners.

If you have owned your home for a while, and are just now deciding to conduct a basement renovation--or to tackle a perpetually wet basement--you need to determine the following:

Basement Waterproofing: What You Can Do

  • Keep air circulating through open windows, air conditioners, and heaters. Use a dehumidifier.
  • Choose moisture resistant paints and finishes for interior decorating.
  • Dry, clean, and caulk cracks in concrete, walls, and other leaky areas.
  • Make sure that dryer ventilation goes outside, if the laundry is in the basement.

Basement Waterproofing: When to Hire a Basement Remodeling Contractor

Strachybotrys chartarum is a greenish black fungus, or mold, which grows on fiberboard, gypsum board, paper, dust, lint, and items with high cellulose, low nitrogen content that experience sustained exposure to moisture or water.

Human responses to household mold range from allergy and hay fever symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing and red irritated eyes, to upper respiratory tract infections, asthma, and pneumonia. The outcomes often depend on individual immune systems and the size of the mold colony.

If you discover a large, black mold colony in your basement, insulation ducts or elsewhere, it is best to hire a basement remodeling contractor specializing in mold removal and prevention. Before hiring a basement remodeling contractor, educate yourself by downloading the free Reliable Remodeler Guide to Working with Contractors. Provide a few details about your basement renovation, and you can also receive free estimates from professional contractors in your area!

Every home remodeler knows that structure comes first. First, verifty the structural integrity of your home's basement--and ensure it remains free from water damage--then you can begin implementing your best basement remodeling ideas.

About the author: Cheri Renee began her professional writing career at Greenspun Media Group's Showbiz Weekly magazine. Several years later, she discovered an interest in interior design and home improvement, while on assignment for GMG's H&D magazine. Cheri holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Augusta State University and an M.S.T. in Adolescent English Education from Fordham University.

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