Concrete, as you likely already know, is one of the most versatile, cost-effective, and durable building materials currently available. Yet even concrete has its structural limits. Cracks are one of the most common ways that concrete starts to fail. They may be caused by a wide variety of things, from poor installation, to environmental stress, to simple age.
The good new is that, when faced with a home whose concrete floor or foundation has developed worrisome cracks, replacement is not your only option.
When a home's basement suffers water damage, it can lead to some potentially serious complications for the house. Yet, many first-time homeowners are not very aware of the steps that should be taken to protect their basement against this common hazard. Luckily, you can use these tips to waterproof your basement and keep your new home safe from water damage.
Inspect The Basement Following Heavy Rains
After the first heavy rain while you are living in your new home, you should conduct a thorough inspection of the basement.
After a tragic house fire or a relatively small kitchen fire, you may be left wondering how to pick up the pieces and whether hiring a remediation team is your best bet. Should you stretch your budget to accommodate the expense of hiring professionals or save all the money to do the restoration in your own way? If it was an especially small fire, you may feel able to handle the situation alone.
If you need more living space inside your house, remodeling your basement is a great way to do it. Since you'll be putting all new construction material in your basement, you'll need to take steps that will keep mold away. Excessive mold caused by hidden leaks can cause your new investment to become damaged. These tips will help avoid costly mold removal in your basement.
Use Basement Waterproofing
You do not need to have standing water in your basement for mold to form.
Think about how many times you have laid your head on your pillow and how many times you've slept on your mattress. You wash your sheets, blankets and pillow cases, but you can't exactly throw a mattress in the washing machine. How do you get the grime and smell off of your mattress? What about your pillows? Neither are very cheap, so replacing them often may not be in your budget right?