Remodeling Your Home Can Boost Its Value

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Remodeling Your Home Can Boost Its Value

While my wife and I loved our home at first, after a few years, we started craving a change in scenery. We thought about remodeling it to see if that would give us the change we were looking for, but we worried that if we were still bored of our home after the remodeling project, we would have just "wasted" our money before putting it on the market. That mentality changed when we learned that some home remodeling projects can boost the value of your home greatly and even help it sell more quickly after it is put onto the market! We soon had our kitchen upgraded and a few other changes to our home and found out that it really was the change we were craving. I learned a lot about home renovations during the remodeling process, so I decided to create a blog to share my tips on!

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How To Dry Out And Seal A Damp Basement

Not all water leaks result in a major flood. Ongoing dampness issues in a basement are often overlooked, until a musty odor, rotting wood, or mildew-damaged belongings are discovered. You can work to save most of your things, and fix the issue at the root of the problem, by working quickly.

Save What You Can

The extent of the damage from a slow leak will depend on how long moisture has been seeping into your basement, and whether or not your basement is finished. Do the following as soon as you locate a moisture problem:

  • Turn off the circuit breaker to the basement if there is any standing water. You do not want to chance a deadly electrical shock during cleanup.

  • Remove all stored items from the basement, even those in plastic tubs. Remove furnishings, rugs and any other loose items.

  • Spread everything out to dry, preferably in a sunny area. After the items dry, inspect them for water or mildew damage that may require repairs or replacement.

  • Uninstall wood moldings and paneling if necessary. If the dampness is coming through the walls, these materials may already have the beginnings of water damage or mildew. If not, prompt removal can save them for when the problem is fixed.

  • Pull up any carpet. In some cases, minor dampness won't permanently damage the carpet if you can get it dried out quickly. Use fans to quickly dry carpeting and cloth items, and then have them professionally cleaned to remove any mildew.

Determine the Cause

Dampness in a basement has two main causes:

  1. Interior dampness occurs when humidity and moisture builds up inside the basement. Running a dehumidifier may be all you need to fix the problem.

  2. Exterior dampness occurs when the soil outside the basement is exceptionally moist. Poor drainage, a high water table, or seasonal flooding are usually at the root of this issue.

You can tape a piece of foil to the basement wall to determine which is the problem. After 24 hours, if condensation on the outside of the foil, interior dampness is the issue. If condensation develops between the foil and the wall, you have an exterior problem.

Waterproof Your Basement

If exterior dampness is the problem, your best solution is basement waterproofing. You can have the interior or the exterior sealed.

Interior sealing works best for minor dampness or infrequent seasonal issues. Your casement contractor will strip the basement down to concrete, and then coat it with a waterproof sealer. This is the least expensive option.

For a high water table or poor drainage that leads to year-round problems, you may need to get the exterior sealed. This is an involved process that requires several steps to ensure its success:

  1. The exterior of your home is excavated to the entire depth of your basement foundation.

  2. The walls are encased in a waterproof membrane.

  3. Drainage and sometimes a sump pump are installed near the foundation.

  4. Everything – including your landscaping – will require filling and reassembly.

Cleaning up the damage isn't a solution. If you continue to suffer dampness problems, you must find the root cause and fix it with proper sealing to keep your home safe and free of moisture.