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How you can tell if you have a water leak in the basement.

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Sometimes it is easy to find a leak in your basement.  But it can also be difficult to tell if there is one.  Here a a few signs to look for.

Mold and Mildew –  Look around areas that have been moist lately.  If you see mold, that would be a good sign that it is moist often and that a leak could be the reason.

Rust Stains – If you have metal around and you see rust stains

Rotting Wood – Rotting wood is a good sign that consistent moisture by a leak is near

Wall cracks – Horizontal or Vertical Cracks are a tell tale sign of where water seepage is occurring.  If you notice that the crack are Horizontal, contact a Foundation repair contractor to correct.



Racine Egress Windows

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An egress window is an escape window designed to allow emergency escape and rescue should your staircase be unusable.  Code requires that and opening of an egress window  be equal or greater than 5.7 square feet, with a minimum opening height of 24 inches, and a minimum opening width of 20 inches.

Window wells are required if the window is below ground level.  Residential requirements will differ from commercial buildings.

What Are Egress Windows?

Basement Wall Insulation

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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.  Basement Remodeling, Racine, Kenosha, Basement, Remodeling

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.