Icky Basement? How to Transform your Basement into a Useful Location
Basements are known as dark, damp and often creepy places that are often underutilized. This is a real shame since basements provide extra space, either for storage or living, which any homeowner would love to have. Thankfully, you don’t have to settle with an icky basement and can transform
Dry It Out
Once of the most common problems with basements is the moisture or wetness that often occurs in this area. Because of this excessive moisture, water damage and fungal growth (such as mold and mildew) can occur. If you can get your basement dry and keep it that way, you will increase the storage or living space of your home. Of course, this will require figuring out what the case of the excess moisture is and fixing the problem. The most common cause of excessive moisture in basements is a leaky foundation, which is often the result of water not being directed away from the home. Having well maintained gutters on your home will make a world of difference in your basement. Once you have the water directed away from the house, consider sealing the basement walls with a waterproof sealer to keep any water from leaking through the walls.
Get Rid of Pests
Basements are often a breeding ground for pests. From rodents to insects and even mold; your basement is probably harboring living things that you don’t want in your home. These pests can damage items stored in the basement and just make the space unpleasant. If, however, you get rid of them, you are one step closer to having a useable space. Most rodent or insect infestations can be taken care of yourself with conventional methods, such as pesticides and mouse traps. If the infestation is large, you will need to hire a professional pest control technician to properly get rid of the unwanted creatures. The same goes for mold and mildew. Various homemade solutions and commercial products work well to clean fungal growth.
In many instances, you will need to seek the help of basement contractors to get that area of your home up to par. Contractors who specialize in basements have the knowledge and firsthand experience to turn that drab and unpleasant location into a room that you will actually use. Furthermore, the contractor can examine the area to ensure it is safe for use.