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Does your basement leak in the winter?

Waterproofing, Foundation Repair, kenosha, racine, oak creek, Racine Waterproofing

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.

 

Egress Windows and Basement Remodeling

Bathroom, kitchen, home, remodeling, windows, Racine, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Lake bluff, Ill

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.

Bathroom, kitchen, home, remodeling, waterproofing, Racine, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Lake bluff, IllBrewer Contracting

3420 Washington Ave

RacineWi 53405

262-977-0713

ken@brewercontracting.com

 

Basement Problems You Shouldn’t Ignore

Basements are a place used to store items, create a living space, office space, and many has many other uses.  If you notice these issues, you will want to repair them right away.

MOLD

Preventing mold before it appears is best by keeping your basement dry.  Respiratory complications and allergies can be affected by mold growth.  Using moisture resistant building materials for walls and proper ventilation and dehumidifiers will help keep mold from growing.

Racine waterproofing, waterproofing, Kenosha, racine, basement waterproofingMUSTY ODORS

Moisture is the common cause of most musty odors.  Pests are another source.  If you notice a damp smell or odor, it is a likely bet that you are either dealing with a humidity issue that can be helped with the aid of a dehumidifier or possibly a small leak, or water seepage.  Contact a basement repair specialist who can help diagnose the issue before it becomes a major problem.

Rotting Carpet and Flooring

If you haven’t notice, Moisture is a big culprit in basement issues.  If you notice your carpet is rotting or wood flooring is warping or rotting.  Moisture again is the issue.  It would be best to find this issue and fix it before replacing the carpet or floor.

UNEVEN FLOOR

An uneven floor is a sign that you basement floor may be sinking.  Soil below the floor may be shifting and also causing your foundation to move too.  Cracks can appear and get worse over time.  Addressing this quickly can save you a lot of time and money in the long run.