If your basement has recently been flooded, there may be a lot of repairs that need to be done. Some of these repairs can include things like tearing out the carpet, drywall and wood trim. These materials are prone to water damage and usually have to be removed. When you renovate your basement, you may want to consider doing things differently. Here are some things that you can do differently to reduce future repair costs should your basement ever be flooded again:
1. Repairing Foundation Cracks And Water Leaks
Before you can get started with your renovations, repairs will need to be done to areas where you can have water problems. This may be fixing things like leaking pipes and other obvious damage. You may also want to have your foundation inspected for cracks and have repairs done to any damage. Sometimes, the cracks can be small but still allow water to get in your basement and slowly cause damage to your home. If you have an older home, you may also want to consider an interior waterproofing system for foundation walls.
2. Adding Interior Drainage Systems To Deal With Moisture
Many homes have an exterior drainage system to protect the foundation. This gives ground water a place to go to relieve static pressure that can cause foundation damage. You may also want to have an interior system installed, which will not only help to protect your foundation but will also help to deal with things like condensation that can form on basement walls. Drainage will help to ensure any water that does get into your basement has a place to go and help to minimize the possibility of damage.
3. Reducing Physical Damage With Alternative Building Materials
The physical damage to materials like drywall and carpets can be avoided by using alternative building materials in your basement. You may want to consider using things like vinyl wall coverings and composite trims, which are waterproof. You can also use flooring like epoxy, outdoor carpets and vinyl flooring systems to ensure that your floors are safe if your basement floods. You can also use composites for the doors, and use metal and vinyl for exterior windows and doors.
These are some of the things that you can do to prevent future water problems in your basement. If you need help getting things cleaned up before you can begin your renovations, contact a water damage restoration company like All American Repair Services Inc. to help you clean up the mess.