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How To Clean Your Basement

Ideas of cleaning your basement

Ways of cleaning your basement

There is a secret that has been hidden since a long time. This secret is very dirty and big and it is lying in the basement. Hiding it would not make it clean or less real and hence I have decided to finally reveal it to the world. Don’t worry it’s not the dead bodies I have kept hidden in the basement. Just because my basement don’t have dead bodies doesn’t make it less dirty or clean. The secret is that it is dirty like hell and this is because I have been so lazy and not cleaned it since a long period of time and stored as many things as possible which are not being used by me and not even thrown by me. However I am sharing it with you because I think it’s not only me who is having such dirty basement, you would also having the same. However it’s for both for us, if we keep on doing on the same thing, the dirt and clutter is not going to reduce by itself instead it will increase a lot. Hence pick one fine day and start to clean your basement and just like me reveal your big secret and convert your dirty secret to a clean secret. To help you put with this, here are some of the ways of cleaning your basement.

  • Kick out your storage habit

First and foremost step of cleaning your basement should be stopping to treat it like your storage room as it is not. Every individual who have a dirty basement have storage habit and all the stuff they store is in their basement only. Next time when you are taking anything to the basement, ask yourself while you are going down the stairs about the thing that you are carrying down as to what it is and when was the last you have used it. Is it the old toys that you are carrying which you are never going to play with or it is the box of shoes which you are for sure never going to use in future? If it is any such thing then there is no point carrying them to the basement instead carry them to the trash bin and say forever goodbye to those useless stuff. This is one of the best ways of cleaning your basement.

  • Get the things out and then clean

While cleaning your basement, it’s very essential that you take all the stuff out of your basement first and then initiate with the cleaning thing. Take any of the homes cleaning solution and clean your basement floor with that. Make sure to dust the walls and floor first and clear out the cobwebs before cleaning it with cleaning solution.

  • Organize your stuff

Once you are finished your basement with any cleaning solution, it’s high time now you should sort your stuff and tae out all the useless things and organize the useful stuff back in your basement efficiently.

Ways To Paint Your Basement Wall

Professional painting basement wall

Painting basement wall by homeowner

Painting your Basement wall is not just for improving the look of your basement, it’s actually for protection of your basement from plenty of things and helping your basement to stay out of humidity and other issues like mold and mildew. One of the other benefits of painting your basement wall is that it will protect your basement from moisture damage. Basement walls are made from the porous concrete and they can accumulate moisture behind them. These can cause structural damage which is not very good for basement wall. Painting your basement wall is very easy and quick project but there are certain challenges which can come in the way and you need to combat it. If you are going to opt for painting your basement wall, you will need some tips through which your process gets eased up and you can get optimum result. Following these tips of painting your basement wall will avoid expensive issues and give optimum results. Here are some of the tips to paint your basement wall.

  • Get rid of the old paint

If you already have your basement walls painted and it is not chipping, peeling or cracking then also it is safe to remove the old paint first before applying the new one. You can make use of wire brush or scraper for getting off the old paint. In certain cases, old basement will be containing wood as a part of the foundation and while removing the paint make sure to remove paint on the wood also.

  • Get away with faulty materials

Building materials will generally erode over passage of time. When such situation happens, concrete will start to crumble. This crumbling can also go without notice. You can make use of disc grinder or a sand blaster for smoothing out the rough surface of the wall for revealing loose material. Before painting your basement walls, get rid of the deteriorated material and then patch the area by using cement or mortar. By doing so, you will not be able to achieve a smooth surface and it will also strengthen the basement.

  • Mold and mildew

Mold and mildew are two very dangerous substances for your basement wall and also your health. These can also weaken the structural integrity of the basement. Painting your basement walls prevents the growth of mildew and mold and keeps the structure of your basement strong. Before applying the final coat of paint, add a base coat of paint as it will help to protect the walls in better manner.

  • Prime your basement walls

While painting your basement walls, if you are applying primer then it will make sure that the paint will stay on the wall. Primer will flood the surface and will prevent the subsequent paint layer from being absorbed. This will also add the waterproofing capacity of the basement.

  • Brush

You need to decide whether to use brush, spray gun or rollers for painting your basement walls. Spray gun is the fastest method but chances are there of missing out some portions here.

 

Tips on Using Portable Sump Pump

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Portable sump pump image

Do you have a sump pump installed in your basement? If not, there’s no need of buying the new one as you can make the use of a portable sump pump for the installation. There are many things to keep in mind while using portable sump pump as your option. A sump pump is basically a low pressured pump that operates the functions of moving water from one place to another in the home. It basically works through a motor or an engine for draining the water away from your basement.

BY installing a portable sump pump, the accumulated water will be routed through the water pipes to the other location in the home. The actual need of a portable sump pump is simply for the situation of flooding. Here are the instructions and tips on operating a portable sump pump for you use.

Portable sump pump using tips:

  • Portable sump pump is a perfectly suitable device for the situation of flooding. There are many inexpensive types of sump pumps available that can be used for your use. It helps in cleaning small amount of flooding situation in your home. Whenever you’re facing the situation of flood, you will need the sump pump placed closer to the water, but the facts will be something else. Don’t forget that portable sump pump needs an electric outlet for performing its functions.
  • Keep that in mind that portable sump pump helps in pushing up the water and not pulling it. This is the reason why you need to keep it near to floor surface. It is placed near to the floor so that it might not end up pulling more amount of water to the impeller.
  • Well, using it might be difficult because it is very different from that of the original ones. It’s advisable of treating them in a different manner so that you can easily know how to use it properly. First thing for the home owners to know is, they are not used for more often times. If you’re facing large amount of flooding situation often, it’s advisable of installing a permanent sump pump model.
  • Even, many a times, it is observed that they are not supplied with valves. So, it simply means that you need to be double sure that you have enough turn off situation when it empties the water. If you’ll quickly dry the portable sump pump, it might result in burning up the motor installed in.
  • Even, there are certain warnings you need to keep in mind while using portable sump pump as your option. It is not a permanent means for using in your home. Portable sump pump is meant to use for temporary situations. Well, home owners should always keep in mind of installing and using a larger sized portable sump pump for their use. As there are possibilities that the lighter sized sump pump might get brunt while you’re using them. It’s advisable of storing it in a place where you can use it immediately when in need.

Tips on Fixing Basement Wall Cracks

Person repairing Basement Wall Crack

Basement Wall Crack fixed by a home owner

If you’re thinking cracks in basement walls are not unusual, but fixing a simple basement wall crack is easy to fix. There are many reasons or causes for such basement all cracks like accidents, natural expansion, settling of the home, contractions caused by fluctuating – high and low temperatures and damaging construction works.

But most of the basement wall cracks are not so serious that can cause water leakage. But, in many cases it might be looking small, but it can easily penetrate water through the small cracks and lead water to enter the foundation or the basement of your home. When you observe such things taking place, it’s advisable of repairing you’re the cracks for preventing the water to enter up your basement premise. But, I can say, repairing these cracks might turn up a challenging task for the home owners. You can repair it but only if you have right types of tools and materials for the same. Follow the guidance of repairing or fixing a basement wall crack for protecting our foundation as well as the basement from the risk of water damage.

Basement wall cracks fixing tips:

  • You can simply start your process of fixing the basement wall crack by removing any accumulated debris any old paint or any loose concrete particles by making the use of a stiff wire brush. This brush is easily available in the market and is easy to use.
  • If you’re unable to remove the paint applied around your basement wall crack, it’s advisable of using paint remover for getting it off from the surface of the walls. It’s advisable of using softer brush for cleaning the surface of your walls accumulated with loose dirt and debris.
  • Make the use of surface sealer by mixing a surface sealing solution with water. Start applying it by placing a bead on the bottom section of the basement wall crack. But make sure you don’t cover the entire crack by using a sealer. Attach the port of bead each and every section of the crack at the distance of 6 to 7 inches. Allow the sealer to rest say for 10 to 15 minutes. And after that cover the entire crack by applying proxy and let it rest for another 60 to 70 minutes.
  • You can confirm it well, by scratching your fingernail. Start preparing inject of Urethane in the cracks. Make the use of a spray bottle for applying the water on the top surface of the crack. The water helps in working like a catalyst that further helps the urethane for setting up completely.
  • Now, it’s time to insert the solution of urethane into the crack and it’s advisable to be slow for this process. Start from the bottom section of the crack and run towards the upper section. The catalyst will react and will help in foaming up a firm confirmation of filled up cracks. The solution of urethane helps in sealing the cracks and also helps in preventing the water entering or damaging your basement.

Checklist To Organize Your Basement

Tips of organizing your basement

Ways of organizing your basement

Organizing your basement can be a complicated thing to do because basement is the biggest storage spot you have got in your home. It’s not a mandatory thing that the storage space should always be cluttered and messy and filled up. Basement is filled up with the things which most of the times are useless and throwing them away will make no major difference. However these things will be still in the basement only because you never consider organizing your basement and getting rid of them. It might have happened with you that you have decided to organize your basement but haven’t done it, as you aware not able to figure out where to start from and where to end. This thing is normal and often happens with those who are not regular in organizing your basement. Now if you finally decide to organize your basement and not back off this time then you might need some help to figure out what to do and how to do. The first thing you need to do while organizing your basement is to start off with a clean slate. Here is a checklist which can guide you further with the task of organizing your basement.

  • Check out the clutter

First of all you should take all the things out of your basement. This will help you to know what and which kind of things you have stored in here. Check all the things out before organizing your basement and putting it back. This part of organizing your basement is like a treasure hunt as you will find out many such things which you thought you have lost and wasn’t able to find out. It will also open you with lots of memories, you first cycle or the first doll your father gifted you or your group photo of school. Now with such wonderful memories to recall, how can organizing your basement becomes a boring and tedious job?

  • Take off the useless items

While you are checking the things, you will come across many things which are broken or damaged or if in good condition, not in use, take such things on one side. Now there is no point of putting them back in your basement as it will block the space without any use. Divide them into categories. Some of the stuff will go for donation, while some can be sold where as some would belong to none of the categories and would be thrown in the trash.

  • Organize the stuff back

When you are done with dividing the stuff, now it’s the time to put the things back in your basement. Try to hang the things instead of putting the things on the floor this will save your floor space and make the basement more spacious and clean. You can also go for using plastic storage box for keeping the things in there. Label these boxes so that next time you need them you can easily find them back.

 

How to Waterproof Basement

Two people Waterproof Basement

Two people applying Waterproof solution to the Basement

Waterproofing a basement is a backbreaking task because you need to also water proof your basement floor as well as the walls. Don’t forget to patch up all the basement cracks that you find to inhibit water from coming into your basement. Thinking of hiring a plumber for repairing or waterproofing your basement? It might sound an expensive process for you. You can also carry the process of waterproofing your basement on your own. Below are the sated materials and tools you’ll need supporting to the instructions on waterproofing your basement and save the money from your pockets.

 

 

Process of waterproofing your basement:

Repair the cracks and holes:

Start the process by inspecting the basement area for any cracks and leaks. Prepare waterproofing mix and seal up the small cracks observed in the walls. Mortar mixed is used for patching up the bigger cracks. It comprise of a part of cement and two to three parts of sand with right amount of water added to it.

Mortar mix application:

Make the use of putty knife for filling in the gaps and cracks where the water comes off the wall for applying the mortar mix solution. If pressure is observed that makes water for entering the surface of the wall, start breaking off the area using a chipping chisel and repair the hole or cracks observed. After completely the process of chipping, apply the mixture prepared and level the surface by using a trowel.

Treating the trapped water:

If you observe the trapped water ion the exteriors sides of the basement, it’s advisable of inserting a weep pipe into the affected area where you find the trapped water. It’s important to fill in the space where the pipe is installed. Now, let the mortar mixture get completely dry and take out the pipe and patch up the hole by using the mixture of mortar.

Moisture the walls in your basement:

It’s the time to dampening the walls by making the use of a hose. It’s advisable of adjusting the nozzle of the hose to fine spraying effect. Don’t forget to check for any standing water on the surface before heading forward to water proofing your basement.

Basement wall waterproofing:

Pay attention to the instruction manual of the manufacturer while preparing the waterproofing mixture. Brush up the waterproofing mixture on the walls in a circular way. Make sure of using a stiff brush. Start the application from the bottom most surfaces towards the upper surface of the walls. It’s advisable of only applying the waterproofing solutions on the areas affected by water leaks.

Basement floor waterproofing:

Start by wetting down the surface of the basement floor by using a garden hose. It’s advisable of applying the waterproofing solution after detecting the water leak problem in your floor. Before stepping ahead of applying the solution, clean the floor completely for enjoying better application process.

Apply the solution in the same manner and following the similar steps of applying waterproofing solution on the basement walls. Let it dry completely and step ahead for a damp free basement at your home.

How to Stop a Basement Wall Leak

Basement wall repaired by a home onwer

Basement wall cracks filled by cement

Whether being a home owner, you use the basement as an extra room or just a room for storing your things, a basement wall leak is always a bad news. The dampness and the moisture observed on the basement walls will damage your possessions, but it might also cause the health hazards to your health and the members living at your home. It is advisable of fixing the basement wall leaks as soon as possible that makes the job less expensive and easy for performing at your home. The below stated steps help the home owners to fix a basement wall leak.

Basement wall leak:

  • Identify the situation or the location of the leak. The source of basement wall leak is not necessarily in the same place that you have found the water. Trace the water to its source on the basement walls. It is advisable of checking thoroughly, as there might be more than a single entry point for water to seep into the basement walls.
  • Inspect the cracks observed on the basement walls. Make the use of chisel and hammer to carefully open the voids and cracks. Inspect the cracks for knowing the extensive hole or damages. Remember one thing, that the cracks that are visible on the basement walls are not at all the total extent of damage. If you are planning of simply covering it, water will find another place to go, rather I can say, you will have to work more on this in future.
  • Use a small or medium sized brush for removing the accumulated debris on the cracks. Once you have got rid of it as much as possible, use the can for the compressed air for a final tidy-up. After complying with the stated steps, it is the time to apply the hydraulic cement on the cracks for preventing a basement wall leak.
  • It is advisable of wearing a protective gear. Start mixing the hydraulic cement as per the instructions stated in the packet. Apply the mixed cement on the cracks; try to press it in as far as possible. You can also go for using small pieces of stones or already hardened cement to fill up the gabs observed on the basement walls.
  • Ensure that the cement don’t protrude from the basement walls. For the best results, apply the hydraulic cement within 15 to 20 minutes of preparing it. It is advisable of working thoroughly and quickly before the solution becomes hard.
  • Once you are done with filling the gaps in the walls, apply a water proofing sealant to protect against the future damage. The reason of applying such sealant is to wet or damp the basement wall. The sealant should completely get dry before you start applying the second coat.
  • Now as you have repaired and waterproofed you’re your basement walls, make sure that it stays perfectly in the same condition. For better results, check around the exteriors premise of your home for any improperly connected gutters. At last verify that the drainage systems working and functioning accurately.

Process of Preventing a Leaky Basement

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Leaky Basement repaired by a home owner

Basement is one of the important sections of the home that should be maintained properly. It should be maintained, cleaned regularly and taken care of so that it doesn’t affect the basic foundation of the home. Learn how to eliminate the common problems of leaky basement and know how to prevent them from reoccurring without compromising your time and spending the money from your pockets.

 

 

Leaky basement preventive tips:

  • The first step which home owners should perform is to dry out a wet and a leaky basement. Find out the source of moisture that is affecting the foundation of your home. You can try out this simple test by using a plastic wrap and a masking tape. It will help you to determine that whether the wetness is coming from the putter side or the inner side of the foundation.
  • Start by taping the plastic wrap firmly to one of the discolored area of the foundation. If you observe that the moisture is outside the plastic wrap, there is moisture coming from inside of the basement.
  • Basically, one of the easiest ways of getting rid of the moisture from the basement is by installing a dehumidifier. But if you observe the wetness to be on the inner side of the plastic, your leaky basement might b effacing a case of the killer Gs. It basically means, grading and gutter problems.
  • It is important to check the gutter installed regularly. Try to keep them clean from the accumulated debris and also add gutter extensions to the downspouts installed at your home. Now it is the time to check the grading and the gutter system of the home.
  • For checking the grading effects, make sure that the water is appropriately diverted away from the foundation of your home. It is advisable of adding an extension to the gutters. To add an extension to the gutters, first of all stretch the extension of the gutter to a length of 5 to 6 inches.
  • Shape the extension pipes into 90 degree angle, and slide it over the bottom surface of the downspout. Insert a metal sheet for securing the extension on its place. But remember always to p-lace the extension away from the basic foundation of the home.
  • Repair the hairline crack you observe in your leaky basement. For repairing a hairline crack, use a chisel and a hammer to open up the area. Start from the top and work towards the bottom surface. It is advisable of using a chisel for removing any clogged or loose concrete debris that might turn up the reason of clogging the cracks.
  • Wet down the crack surface on the wall by using a spray bottle. Before starting the process, wearing safety gloves is beneficial. Dump a small part of hydraulic cement into the bucket and add water. Begin mixing the solution by using your hands.
  • Apply the cement and quickly use a towel for removing off the excess of cement observed on the surface of the walls. It helps in improving and preventing a leaky basement easily.

 

How to Install Sump Pump

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Sump Pump installation

The older homes that were built without proper drainage system or basement waterproofing system, installing a sump pump are a great way of dealing with. It helps in reducing or eliminating the wet basement issues. If you are facing a consistent problem with water in your basement and the foundation of the home, you can definitely diagnose the issues and decision whether it is beneficial for you to install a sump pump or not. Find out how to install a sump pump to eliminate or run away the water away from your home premise. The process of installing sump pump is stated below:

Sump pump installation process:

  • The first step while starting with the process of installing a sump pump is to find out a perfect location where the water gets accumulated. It is important to note that this location should be nearer to a Ground fault Interrupter Outlet. This is needed for the sump pump to be plugged in. If you don’t have any GFCI plug in your basement, it is advisable of calling a professional electrician for installing a new one.
  • Start digging a hole for installing a sump pump. It is advisable of digging a hole six inches deeper and 11 inches widen then the size of the sump pump. Place five inches of gravel in the bottom surface of the hole. Now place the sump pump into that hole.
  • Stand in the area of sump pump and add more quantity of gravel around the sump pump leaving approximately two or three inches on the top of the sump exposed. It is exact time to prepare the pump for the operation.
  • Start by gluing the male adapter into PVC discharge pipe, and then place it into the female adapter on the pump. Install a checking valve. Attach the sump pump’s electrical cord to the discharge pipes by using a wire ties. Now install the check valve on the open end of the discharge pipes.
  • Remember to use a checking valve that is made up of vertical operation material. Using a pressurized fittings and 10/2 inch of PVC to channelize the water from the pump away from the home premise.
  • Install the J hooks to hand up the PVC pipes from the joists. Make a hole with the help of driller outside the wall. If you require making a hole through a block wall, using hammer is advisable.
  • Apply the sealant to the hole so that the pipe doesn’t move from its place where it is mounted. It is recommended for attaching an 11/2 inch of PVC pipe or increaser on the end of the pipe so that the water flow can spread out.
  • at last, covering the sump pump in the basement is very important. Placing gravel surrounding the corrugated pipes of the sump pump to keep it on its place. It helps in not misleading its actual position of the pipes. Plug in the sump pump and place the cover on the sump pump for enjoying its functionalities.

Significance of Basement Waterproofing

Avoiding leaks by basement waterproofing

Waterproofing your basement

Take care of your basement applying the user-friendly techniques. Basement waterproofing needs to be done to resist water flow which enters into the basement. Especially, during rainy seasons, the ground is submerged in water. If the basement is not properly protected, it will be harmful to the house. Due to forceful rain water, the hydrostatic pressure is created to damage the walls of the basement. Brick and mortar foundation is cracked or leaked on account of such water pressure.

 

Easiest Ways to Repair Basement for Water Resistance

There are different methods of basement waterproofing. Modern architects reinforce the foundation of the house scientifically. They use durable sealants for insulating the exterior and interior parts of the basement. Water proof sealants protect the basement. However, to clear water logged area, drainage system must be improved. New sumps and water hose pipes are installed for water flushing. The outer portion of the basement needs to be safeguarded. High quality damp proof sealant works fantastically. Call the best basement improvement service provider for repair work. Detect the most risky pockets in the foundation for sealing. The hidden cracks in joints of pitches, pipes and small downspouts must be cemented. If you do proper basement sealing, it will last for more than ten years. Often, experts advise homeowners to remove water before it flows inside the basement. French water channels or drains can be constructed in front of the basement.

Basement waterproofing service is provided by many local home improvement companies. Competent basement repairers inject liquid epoxy material to fill up the vacuum space of cracks. However, for more safety, new water sumps are built. When rain water crosses the limit, water sumps collect this excess dirty water to protect the house. High quality and water resistant polymer is also preferred to make the foundation of the house durable.

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