Basement

Preventative Measures for Basement Flooding

 basement flooding in the near futureNo one wants a flood in their basement, and no one wants to have to deal with the associated clean-up costs and replacement money that can occur as a result of basement flooding. Here are a number of preventative measures for basement flooding that all homeowners should take advantage of, and even check over annually to make sure no new problems have developed.

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Installing a Shower in your Basement

So you want to install a shower in your basement? This can be a great project to implement to improve the functionality and value of your home but it can be a bit challenging to implement because it involves the knowledge of several trades: carpenter, tile setter, and plumber. Let’s look at the steps needed to accomplish the installation.

Preparation of Concrete for Vinyl

concrete for vinylYou have your vinyl tile pattern chosen and you are ready to lay them out on your concrete floor. Now you have the task of preparation of concrete for vinyl. First you need to determine how much tile you would need. This is done by simple length times width area calculation.

Measure any alcove section separately and at a 10 percent bump to the figure to allow for cutting and screw ups. Since most vinyl tiles come in a 12” by 12” square the calculation should be easy.

DIY Basement Remodeling

When it comes to DIY basement remodeling projects, there’s one key factor you need to consider before getting started: how are you going to take care of that disgusting humidity that always seems to linger in basements? If you’re planning on making the basement into a real living space for people to spend time in, you don’t want guests feeling sticky and breathing in dense, heavy air while they’re supposed to be having a good time.

Not sure if your basement has a moisture problem? Not so fast. Test your basement for moisture before embarking on your remodeling project, just to be sure.

The Moisture Test

Carpeting Basement Floors

There are so many factors to consider before thinking about putting carpet into a basement. The main issue is moisture. You have to ask yourself when this pad was poured did they put a vapor barrier underneath?

A good test is to tape down an 18inch by 18 inch piece of plastic in your basement and let it sit for 24 hours. If you find moisture or a darkened concrete under the plastic, then that means that there wasn’t a moisture barrier in place and you will have to build one before you lay your carpeting.

Dehumidification