When buying a new home, most homeowners pay attention to the living area and not so much the foundation. Although they want to know that everything is in order with it, not many homeowners have a preference when it comes to the type of foundation. Of course, basements, crawl spaces, and concrete slabs all have their upsides and downsides, but a basement has one major benefit. It can be turned into a living space if that is what the homeowners want.
Did you know that a finished basement can increase your home’s value by 70%? Although turning your basement into a living space will not add to the overall square footage of the house, that fact is usually ignored by potential buyers. While a crawl space can be used for storage if it is properly encapsulated, it can only hold smaller items. If you wished to place your old wardrobe or some other furniture pieces you no longer use down there, you couldn’t. On the other hand, a finished basement can be turned into so many other things.
Nowadays, so many homeowners across Ohio are turning their basements into extended living spaces. Some homeowners turn it into a game room, while a wine cellar is also a popular option. Active homeowners usually transform their basement into a home gym, while lovers of motion pictures turn this area into a media room. Those who are not satisfied with the number of bedrooms in their home use their basement as a guest room and some add a bathroom down there, automatically adding value to their place.
The basement we were called to inspect in Columbus, OH, was half-finished. The part of it that was finished was transformed into a living area with a bar. The other part was facing some problems, which we were called to check out.
The owner was noticing water damage in this part of the house, which is a problem that should not be ignored. After all, water in the basement can seem like a minor nuisance, especially if you don’t use that part of your home very often. However, it is the type of damage that could eventually lead to enormous problems and even compromise the structural integrity of your home. Luckily, the homeowner called us in time, and with some waterproofing methods, we were able not only to fix the problem but prevent it from happening again.
Meeting the Homeowner
When she noticed that her basement was having some problems with water damage, the homeowner remembered that their brother previously worked with Ohio Basement Authority to have his basement repaired. She then called us worried about water intrusion in one part of their basement and scheduled an inspection. The house was built in 1941 and the owner had been living there for less than a year. She still didn’t know whether she was going to stay there permanently or sell the place, but in either case, this kind of damage needed to be addressed as soon as possible.
When our inspector visited the house in Columbus, OH, to assess the damage, the homeowner took him to the half-finished basement. The inspector was a bit concerned that the repairs would undo all the work the homeowner has done while turning this area into a living space. Luckily, most of the damage was located in the unfinished part of the basement. In the living area, only one part of drywall would need to be removed to install the interior drainage system.
Since homes in Ohio are prone to moisture problems due to a large number of rainy days, waterproofing the basement was necessary. Otherwise, this type of problem would keep reoccurring. After consulting with the homeowner, we agreed to install several waterproofing solutions that will keep her home protected from water damage.
Repairing the Damage
Before the basement was completely finished, it was important to implement certain waterproofing measures. Only then could the homeowner turn this area into a comfortable living space. We approached the problem from several different angles.
Our crew installed the BasementGutter™ interior drainage system that will capture water seepage through walls and leaks along the cove joint. Since it is made from rugged plastic construction, the homeowner won’t have to worry about corrosion or decay. Our crew was able to quickly get the job done since the BasementGutter™ is faster, easier, and less expensive to install than exterior drainage systems.
The water collected by the interior drainage system needs somewhere to go other than onto the floor to flood the basement and cause other damage. So, our team installed a sump pump to collect the water from the BasementGutter™ system and pump it out of and away from the home. To make sure that this appliance will work at all times, even during a power outage, we also installed a backup battery.
The WallSeal™ wall vapor barrier was used to cover the unfinished basement walls. This product comes with plenty of benefits, since it is 100% waterproof, durable, washable, and has anti-microbial protection. It installs quickly and the basement can be used immediately after the installation.
Our crew also installed an exterior buried discharge line that will lead the excess water away from the foundation. To prevent potential problems, we also used a FreezeGuard™ exterior attachment that will allow water from the sump pump to continue to drain outside in case the sump pump discharge lines freeze or become clogged. We also connected a special outlet called Yardwell™ to the end of the buried line. It camouflages the end of the pipe and minimizes visible extrusions.
Finally, our crew installed a dehumidifier that will control the levels of humidity in the basement and turn it into a livable space. The whole project was completed in two days and passed all inspections. If she wishes, the owner could now turn the whole basement into a living area.
Having a basement is great for so many reasons, but it comes with some obligations. You need to make sure that it is protected from water damage, pests, and all the other things that could harm it. If you have noticed that something is wrong with your basement or you just want to be preventative and protect your foundation, contact the basement waterproofing experts at Ohio Basement Authority to schedule a free inspection and repair quote.