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Keys To Solving Water Issues In A Basement

Aug 7, 2008
Have you been considering adding value and more living space to your home by converting that junked up basement into actual living space you need? It is a great idea that many homeowners believe they are absolutely capable of doing themselves and in many instances this can be true. The one thing that can put a halt to a basement makeover is when it has water or moisture issues.

If you get standing water in your basement from time to time, no one will have to tell you that the problem must be fixed before you can proceed with your plans any further than in your mind. There are several reasons why you can get standing water in a basement and they are usually repairable. Finding out how the water is getting in is the first thing you must do. If you have noticeable cracks in your foundation, this is probably the reason. You could also have landscaping issues around the foundation on the outside of the home that can allow water to seep in.

When you have a large amount of water coming into the basement you are likely going to need professional help to fix the problem. You might as well go ahead and call in an expert to give you information on the best course of action to take. You might even be covered for the repairs on your insurance. If you only have some cracks that need repairing, you might be able to do this yourself, but you will still need to make sure that all leaking into the basement is stopped before you proceed with any work on the your project.

Even if you do not get standing water and leaking in the basement, you could still have a moisture problem. If you notice a damp and musty odor this is a sure indication of moisture and possibly mold contamination. This might also require hiring a water damage professional to help remedy this problem before you do any other work in the basement as well.

A water damage expert can make sure that your basement is completely dry and worry free before you invest thousands of dollars to turn your basement into living space. What would be the point of spending all that money and discovering that it is still not fit to live in because it gets wet or is always damp and moldy?
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