Many homeowners seek homes with basements for the extra space they afford, but they also may come with unique problems. Flooding is a common problem with basements, especially in houses built on flat land where rain and snow melt will not run off to lower ground. When the ground around a basement becomes saturated, the water pressure builds, and water will go in the path of least resistance.
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A basement is perhaps the most versatile space in a home. When finished, it can be a home office, an extra bathroom, a den, living room, laundry room, or just extra storage for the home. When deciding how to refinish basement space, the first step is to decide what the space will be used for. A sketch of the space, along with the measurements, can be helpful in choosing how to refinish basement space for the most effective use of that space.
Bathtub drains often get clogged by hair, soap and residue. Bathtub drain clearing can be done inexpensively and without a plumber in most cases. If a clog is too severe, the bathroom drain clearing may have to be performed by a professional with the proper equipment.
Clearing Minor Clogs
At some home building sites, there may be circumstances that call for slab on grade foundations to be used when the home is built. This type of foundation is most often used in warm climates, as ground freezing and thawing is less common and there will be no need for heat ducting under the floor. They are used most often in warm climates that have expansive clay soil, such as Texas and California.
Slab on grade foundations are concrete slabs that are formed from molds set in the ground. Concrete is poured into the mold all at one time, with no space left between the ground and the home.