When I bought my current house, there were many areas to improve to make it livable. I chose to make the basement a dynamic private room for my gadgets, tools, and projects. One important aspect to consider was insulating it to achieve the right temperature, the sound quality on microphones, privacy, and other aspects. If […]
Basement maintenance, cleaning, and repair.
The foundation is the most important part of the building, given that it determines the integrity of the rest of the building. If you see cracks in a building, it’s often a sign of an underlying problem you should address. There are many foundation cracks on buildings, including vertical, horizontal, diagonal, hairline, and stair-step cracks.
Unsurprisingly, we tend to become a little weary when we notice cracks in basement walls because foundation issues are arguably the most significant structural concern for any homeowner or prospective buyer. Cracks, however, appear for various reasons and need different fixes ranging from extensive reconstruction to easy do-it-yourself fixes. Which cracks warrant concern is the
Ants are a tremendous asset to the ecosystem, even though we generally consider them unwelcome pests. Having them in your garden or yard is beneficial as they aerate the soil and help eradicate countless parasites. If they invade your house, though, they rapidly become a problem. They can harm structures and even cause health risks.
Water poses a major threat to a building’s foundation since it can lead to mold growth, slab leaks, and erosion. The result is a weak foundation which also looks bad. If not protected by foundation drains like footing and French drains, it can lead to costly repairs in the long term. The remedy to this
Cracks in your basement floor can be alarming. You may wonder if they’re serious enough to warrant calling in an expert. Experts agree that every crack should be looked at by an experienced contractor; and any crack more than ⅛ inches wide should be sealed. Depending on the cause and extent of the crack, the
Painting your basement stairs results in a beautiful, dependable surface that requires minimal maintenance. When I moved into my current house, I had to paint the whole staircase to the basement before using the lower levels. It was a great experience, and I learned a lot from it. Sand the steps, prepare and apply the
One of the best water management techniques is installing French drains. These drains are made to function with water’s natural downward flow, reducing the numerous risks that come water damage. A French drain is also called a curtain drain, foundation drain, footing drain, perimeter drain, or weeping drain. A French drain allows for a strong
Do basements require dehumidifiers to prevent moisture buildup in your home? A dehumidifier can be the solution if you suspect that the air in your home contains too much moisture. High humidity levels increase the risk of property damage and offer serious health problems. High moisture levels result in mold, which can quickly develop once