Basements can be cramped, damp spaces when they’re not given enough love and attention from their owners. It doesn’t have to be like this. Your basement doesn’t have to feel like a crowded storage space or unpleasant laundry room — it can be a wonderful part of your home.
Read ahead to see what NTL Contracting and Waterproofing Inc. can do to help you give your basement the love and attention that it deserves.
What to Do If Your Basement Is Damp
The atmosphere changes when you walk from the top of the basement stairs to the bottom. The air feels heavy. It smells musty and dank. You can catch whiffs of mildew on laundry that you’ve hung up to dry or the hand towels that you’ve put into the bathroom. These are some small warning signs that you have a damp basement.
What are other signs that you have a damp basement?
- Mould on walls, ceilings and tiles
- Peeling or flaking wall paint
- Peeling wallpaper
- Rusting metal
- Loose floor tiles
- Water stains
Your basement is damp because the moisture levels are too high. How does this happen? Moisture can seep through vulnerabilities in the foundation. Plumbing leaks and clogs can spill water and sewer backup indoors. And without proper ventilation, all of that moisture gets trapped inside.
So, what can NTL Contracting do to help you keep your basement dry from this point forward?
One effective interior waterproofing strategy is to install vapor barriers behind basement walls and flooring. If any moisture seeps through the foundation, the vapor barrier will stop it from penetrating the material in front of it. This can help prevent wood rot, mould growth and other problems caused by water damage.
It’s common practice to install vapor barriers behind bathrooms to combat high levels of moisture. The same theory would apply to adding this protection to your basement level.
Another interior waterproofing strategy that we can help you with is installing a sump pump. What is a sump pump? It’s a device connected to your drainage system that reroutes water away from the foundation of your home.
It’s an effective flood prevention tool during heavy rainstorms or times of rapid snowmelt. These are moments when there will be a lot of groundwater surrounding your foundation, which could get into your basement. The sump pump will collect that excess water and send it elsewhere.
Most new constructions in the province of Ontario have sump pits. If you have a house that was constructed before the 1980s, you may be missing this feature — or your sump pit may not be up to code. In that case, you should have that problem rectified as soon as possible.
If you know that you have a sump pump already, that’s great news! You’re one step closer to having a water-tight basement. However, you will need to inspect your sump pump to see if it’s still in good working condition. The devices can break and wear down over time — especially if you have a submersible sump pump. Without an inspection, the only way to figure out that your sump pump is broken is to have moisture come through your foundation.
At least once a year, you should test your sump pump by pouring a bucket of water into the sump pit. If it turns on and diverts the water out of the pit, it should be fine. If it’s being slow or not working at all, you should call our contractors to install a replacement immediately. Test your sump pump today!
Cracks in your basement walls can let moisture through, so it’s important that you patch up those vulnerable areas. This is why we offer crack injection services, where we fill and seal the cracks with expanding polyurethane foam. Then, moisture will have nowhere to get through.
Your yard could be causing the moisture problem in your basement. When your yard slopes toward your home, rainwater runs down to your foundation. You want the yard to slope away from your home.
If this is a problem for you, our contractors can grade your yard to make sure that your home’s foundation is the highest point in the area. That will keep water away far from your basement walls.
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If Your Basement Needs to Recover from a Flood
What if your basement has suffered from flood damage? Then you should contact us and see about our restoration services to help your basement recover from the disaster. Not only can we help fix the damage, but we can also go forward with waterproofing services to make sure that this problem doesn’t repeat itself. We can do everything from grading your yard to installing a backwater valve to protect your basement from sewer backup.
If Your Basement Is Cramped
What if your basement feels small and cramped? There are lots of design tricks that you can do to make your basement look bigger than it actually is. Painting your walls in lighter shades, installing more light fixtures, adding more mirrors and using vertical storage can trick the eye into thinking there’s more square footage.
But, if you actually want to increase the size of your basement, you should look into our basement underpinning services instead of focusing on optical illusions.
What is underpinning? It’s removing the soil beneath the basement’s concrete slab, creating a lower support level. Underpins are concrete footers that help the foundation maintain its integrity. So, you don’t have to worry about risking strength and stability for extra room.
The next step is to waterproof this level and add another smooth layer of concrete. That will prevent groundwater from getting into your basement.
The entire process will add depth to the lower level of your home, making every basement room taller. It won’t feel so cramped or crowded anymore.
With these services, you can completely revitalize your basement. It doesn’t have to be an unpleasant part of the house where you store your junk and do your laundry. It can be a comfortable, livable space that you enjoy every single day. After contacting NTL Contracting, you’ll love this part of your house.