Basement, often overlooked part of a house, actually has a great potential to transform your house into a more convenient, comfortable or even entertaining living place. As long as it is well maintained, it can always be as comfortable and as essential as the other parts of your house.
Whether you use your basement as storage and laundry area or a media room where you can enjoy great entertainment, you need to make sure that your basement is perfectly taken care of. Basement maintenance is necessary especially because its underground location, which makes it prone to excessive humidity, moisture and leak.
Here you can read about 3 ideas to maintain your basement and to make it one of the best parts of your house.
- Check all sources of common basement problems
Problems in your basement don’t come from nowhere. There are several parts inside and outside your house that often become the sources of those problems. Gutters and downspouts should be the first parts to check as they bring rainwater from the roof to the ground.
Make sure that the gutters are in good condition and that the downspouts direct the water at least 5 feet away from the foundation. Also check the grading to make sure that the water is properly directed away from the foundation at the ground level.
To avoid basement flooding, you need to check the wells outside your basement windows for clogging and to make sure that your sump pump works perfectly. Your next task is to check ductwork and pipework for leak as well as cracks on the wall. Check them thoroughly and make sure that there is no leaky spot that may cause problem.
- Assess all possible symptoms
Problematic basement may show some symptoms that indicate the presence of looming problems. If there is mold and mildew growing on certain part of the wall or floor, you know that moisture must already be a problem in your basement. You may also check the level of radon in your basement.
There is a meter that you can buy and use to check radon level. Radon is a radioactive element that comes from rock and soil under and around your basement. As it is radioactive, it may pose serious problem if you don’t check and control it regularly.
Another obvious symptom that you can check is pest. If you see cockroaches, ants, or mice running around your basement, it might be the right time for you to use pest killer or to hire a pest exterminator.
- Give your basement a better function
Problems with your basement will mostly recur if you leave it decrepit. A basement is usually used as storage or laundry area of a house, which makes it almost a negligible part of a house. By making it a part that gives more meaning—and value—to your house, you will be more enthusiastic to keep it in perfect condition.
Instead of leaving it useless, use it as a media room, a leisure space, or a second living room in your house. With better function, your basement will always have better condition.