Basement Renovations: Things to Consider

May 11th, 2016

Basement Renovations: Things to Consider before you do.
Basements are great spaces for man cave, home theatres, wet bars, game room and even an extra bedroom. Crawlspaces can be a source of dry storage space that is usually overlooked in homes and cottages.
The basement can represent up to half of your home’s living space. You are paying for it every month on your mortgage, so why not turn it into usable space? Before you do here’s a few things to consider.
Is it safe?
Take a look at the walls of your basement. When you see cracks in the foundation, that isn’t a good sign. Leaving it alone because “it’s always been there” doesn’t make it go away. If you ignore the issue and spend the money to put down carpet and put up walls, you’ll be paying to replace them later if moisture begins to pass through those cracks.
Is it dry?
Do you have a musty smelling basement? That might seem normal for a basement but actually means that there is moisture somewhere that is getting into your basement. This could be in the basement walls depending on your type of foundation. Ignoring this smell doesn’t make it go away. By waterproofing your basement, you can remove the odor and keep your downstairs living space enjoyable and healthy.
Is there mould?
Mould needs moisture to grow. Where there is mould, there is water. Eliminating the moisture might help control the mould. Remediating mould without removing the moisture maybe a waste of time and money. Make sure you solve the problem and not just the symptom.
Ontario Wet Basement Solutions Inc. can help answer some of these questions. We offer free home inspections and are the experts in basement waterproofing. Email or call our toll free number to set up an appointment.

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