A basement is more likely to be destroyed by natural elements compared to a bedroom or living room. There are a handful of projects available to inspect, restore and repair this part of your house. Consider these 4 projects to get rid of problems in your basement.
Maintenance is the most overlooked project for your basement. An unchecked basement leads to hidden water leaks, faulty plumbing, cracked foundations and other problems that never get fixed. The basement is often a breeding ground for insect infestations, flooding and other problems that are rarely or never seen above ground. It’s especially important that you devote special attention to maintaining this portion of your home.
A constantly wet basement will destroy the lower half of your home. Water damage leads to the growth of mold and mildew, rotting wood, stained walls and foul odors. Your basement’s structures weaken and gradually deteriorate everywhere from the floors to the ceilings and every place in between.
Waterproofing allows you to seal cracks, find hidden leaks and install drainage systems to remove moisture from a wet basement. There are different methods that contractors use, too. When sealing your floor does not prevent water seepage, there are stronger treatments like crack injections or the installation of drainage tiles.
A finishing project makes your basement look like your living room or bedroom. A finished basement has several installations, such as an electrical system, plumbing fixtures and an HVAC system along with new flooring, doors and windows. This project is recommended to convert this room into anything from an entertainment center to a gym or art studio.
If you’ve already had a nice-looking basement for years, it’s time to consider a remodel. You may want to rethink the purpose for your basement, whether you used it for a games room and now want a quiet bedroom. First, inspect the area and decide which repairs you need done right away. Then, review a list of remodeling ideas from adding new light fixtures to replacing the flooring.
You may need one or more projects to fix problems in your basement. The type of project that you choose depends on the extent of damages you find and may anticipate in case of a disaster. Find an experienced contractor to help you select the right project, whether you need to finish or remodel the basement, based on your needs, budget and personal interests.
By Lizzie Weakly
Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her husky, Snowball.