Preparing the Basement of Your New Home

During the excitement of buying a new home, you also need to prepare the house properly.

Whether you choose a new or established home, get a proper inspection to check for structural or safety problems. A home with a basement needs extra maintenance to stay free of moisture. Once an inspection clears the home of water damage, you can begin preparing your basement to stay dry and healthy. Prevention tactics may include drain installation, vents, and waterproofing. 

Check for Damage

You should have an inspection on any new home you plan to purchase. A quality professional can help determine the appraisal value of your home. You also need to make sure the home meets the local safety requirements. Depending on the age of your home, foundation problems may cause a delay with your move. Over time, all houses settle into the soil. If the homeowner does not maintain the property well, problems can become severe. 

Basic Basement

Improper drainage and foundation problems can cause water to enter the basement. If your basement has water damage, you may notice stains on the walls or floors. You can also look for condensation. Cracks in the walls for floors indicate foundation issues. Water can enter cracks. You may need Winston Salem house repairs to solve the problem. 

Drainage

Water must drain away from the home to protect your basement. Check the slope of your yard to alleviate concerns about standing water. Install a sprinkler system to control the amount of water going into your yard. Many homeowners with basements install pumps or french drains to keep water away from the house. Clean gutters regularly to keep water moving freely towards the drain spouts, as well. 

Basement Drainage

Landscaping

Place trees at least 15 feet from the house to avoid disruption of your foundation. Tree roots can use extra water, drying out soil. They can also grow under your house, damaging the foundation and basement. Tree roots can damage pipes, leaving water to enter your home. Make sure the trees and other plants on your property get proper care to avoid disruption of your soil. 

Basement Landscaping

Vents

Condensation can build up in the basement. Many people put appliances in the basement that contribute to the humidity. Dryers and refrigerators cause condensation that can damage your basement. A bathroom with a shower in the basement can add moisture, as well. If your basement does not have air conditioning vents, consider adding them to help circulate the air. A dehumidifier may also help keep the situation under control. 

Basement Egress Window

Waterproofing

Even without major problems, moisture from the soil can seep through cement pores into your basement. Before using your basement for living space, have a professional waterproof it. Once you get the basement sealed, you can enjoy a more comfortable and protected environment. A waterproofing treatment can last up to 10 years, as well. 

Crawl space

Caring for your basement properly protects the value of your home. Water damage in the basement can affect the entire house. When you prepare your home properly, you can prevent water damage and enjoy the extra space a basement provides. Take the time to get a proper inspection, set up compatible landscaping, and waterproof the basement. 

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