Installing basement wall insulation will almost always save you money through lower energy bills. An additional benefit to insulated basement walls is that they are less susceptible to condensation and mold.
It is important to make sure that your basement doesn’t have any water problems before installing any interior wall insulation. If you have noticed any water problems, they need to be addressed before hand. There are many ways to insulate your basement using different insulating materials, but the use of fibrous insulation like fiberglass, mineral wool or cellulose can be a problem if they are used against a below grade concrete wall and have been known to allow moisture in the air to condense and lead to moisture problems.
Brewer contracting can assess your basement and come up with the right insulation method. We are also able to check and repair any water leak issues before insulation is installed.
Basement water doesn’t always come from rain, during the winter snow and ice surround our basements. If the waterproofing isn’t very good or failing, you can get water.
Things you should check on can be that your downspouts for
Your gutters could simply be draining too close to your home, or the grade under the downspouts could be off. If the water isn’t being pulled away from your home from the downspouts, you could have a water problem.
Speaking of that, check the slope around the foundation of your home may not be sloping away from your home. This is very common and can cause water to drain into your basement.
Your Basement wall or floor has cracks. Cracks are very common and can occur as your home settles. Proper repair can be a quick fix.
Your basement radiates heat. It is a good idea to keep snow and ice away from your homes foundation to lessen the snow/ice melt and giving it a chance to become a problem.
Brewer Contracting offers specific Waterproofing solutions, not the standard “One size fits all” approach.
Remember to start with the premise that water seepage is not the problem, it is a symptom of the problem. Water seepage occurs through cracks or openings in the walls or the result of non or poor functioning drainage.
By taking a problem solving approach Brewer Contracting offers our customers a peace of mind that comes from receiving an honest evaluation and the proper repair specific to their situation.
Do I need an Egress Window in my basement?
If you are planning on a basement renovation, you would expect the local building codes to require an egress window be added to your basement. When adding a living space to the basement of your home, the need for an egress window is because of the added safety it brings by giving you an additional exit in the case of an emergence. With the possibility of your basement stairs being blocked by fire or debris, it is a good idea to have one.
Most older homes do not have an egress window, so the idea of cutting a large opening in your basement wall can sound like a difficult and expensive job, leaving you without the added living space, and even added light brought on by a newly remodeled basement and larger window.
Fortunately, it isn’t an expensive investment. While some may feel that they can try it themselves to save a few bucks, it may be a better idea to have a professional basement renovation specialist do it for you to be sure that all of the code requirements are addressed and that the installation is proper.
There are many options available for you to chose from so the added egress window will not only add safety, but also add additional light and enhance the look of your new living space.
Whether your project is large or small, Commercial or Residential, Brewer Contracting will give it the care and attention it needs.
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