As the father of an autistic child, I have been faced with more than a few necessary home modifications projects. Unfortunately, with the high cost of raising a special needs child and my wife's decision to stay home and raise our son, there simply was no room in our budget to hire a contractor to complete these projects for us. Each weekend for nearly a year, I would pick a project to work on. This past month, I finally finished every project on my list. After learning more than I thought I would ever know about home construction and repair, I have a new found appreciation for the skills of general and specialty contractors. That is why I decided to start this blog to pay tribute to the job these contractors do, and help to empower more homeowners to take on the role of a contractor in their home.
Living with a wet basement isn't something that anyone should have to continue doing. Basement moisture problems will result in mold problems — it could be in weeks from now, or it could be months from now, but eventually, it will become a problem. Once the mold has moved in, you've got a big battle ahead. Here, you'll find a few tips to help you dry out your basement before you have to deal with the inconvenience of mold removal.
Contact a Basement Waterproofing Professional
The very first thing to do is to contact a basement waterproofing professional. You might be thinking that you don't have the money in your budget to pay for some big project, but think about what you're risking by not having the basement at least inspected by a basement waterproofing professional.
You see, the problem could be caused by something as simple as a clogged downspout in your gutter system. It's these small problems that result in big damage, but homeowners are reluctant to call for help because of budget reasons. The cost to waterproof the basement pales in comparison to mold removal and medical treatment for mold exposure.
Clear the Area
One thing that will surely make it difficult to dry out the basement and keep it dry is if you have mountains of stuff stored all over the place. If you have to store things in the basement, make sure that you're leaving enough space underneath it for air circulation and water run-off. Using shelving units and leaving the bottom shelves empty is one way to raise your stored items off the floor.
Another cheap fix is getting some cinder blocks and wooden pallets. Place the cinderblocks on the floor with the pallet on top — then, you can place your stored items on top of the pallet and have left lots of room underneath for circulation and run-off — you'll even be able to get a mop or squeegee under there for quick cleaning.
Run a Dehumidifier
If you aren't already doing so, run a dehumidifier in the area all day, every day. Look for a unit that has a direct drain hose that you can place down a floor drain. This way, the unit can run non-stop without you having to worry about emptying it.
Talk with the waterproofing professionals near you. They'll help you come up with a good plan to stop the basement moisture issues before it becomes a mold issue.
For more information, contact a company like Jaco Waterproofing.Share
23 September 2019