Homeowners with basements are well aware of the potential problems it has, which includes flooding, mold, and mildew issues. Thankfully, there are multiple methods available to you for basement waterproofing. Before you pick a method to use for your basement, it is important to understand the truth behind the following 3 myths.
Damp Proofing Inside A Home Prevents Moisture From Seeping Inside
Tar is a great way to help keep your basement dry, but it will not completely eliminate moisture in a basement.
Your home is flooded. Now you're trying to figure out how to clean up the mess. Before you wade into the water, you should know that not all flood water is the same. In fact, some flood water will require special care during the clean-up. When it comes to floods, water is divided up into three separate categories, based on the level of contamination. Here's what you'll need to know about the three categories you may face during your water damage clean-up efforts.
A finished basement is an excellent way to increase your living space, until a flood happens. It can come from a burst pipe or groundwater seepage from too much rain or over-saturation in the surrounding soil. Salvaging your belongings is usually fairly straight-forward – most items with hard surfaces can be dried, textiles can be washed, and paper items are usually garbage. The issue comes with upholstered furniture, which can't be washed in a machine.
If you are having problems with water around your home and your roof's gutters are sagging, the problem could be caused by your gutters. If you have never had the gutters at your home replaced and you've never cleaned them, you'll want to call a roofing company right away.
Look into getting the old gutters replaced, and have the roof looked at. A damaged roof could be causing a variety of structural concerns for the home, so you want to get the issues addressed right away.
When there is flooding, a burst pipe or a leak within the walls, your baseboard is often the first thing to get damaged. Swelling in the baseboard can cause it to warp and separate from the wall. Also, the MDF (medium density fiberboard) that molding is usually made out of is extremely susceptible to water damage. In most cases it will need to be fully removed and replaced. This article explains how to replace water damaged baseboards.