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By: Jason Lom
Remodeling a wet basement can be a grueling job, especially if the space has been neglected for several years. A wet basement will almost certainly have mold and mildew that will need to be addressed along with several other minor causes of mandatory basement repair. In general, a wise homeowner will hire a contractor to perform the repair and the subsequent basement waterproofing.

There are several warning signs that a homeowner interested in a basement remodel needs to look for before they put their shoulder to the grindstone.

The first is the smell -- if it smells musty, moldy, damp, or even just mildly pungent, you need to clean out the mold before you begin, for your own health. The next two are visual. If you can see damp spots on the walls, you should put your renovation plans on hold while you call out the basement waterproofing experts. Significant visible cracks might require a basement repair team; the last thing you want it so. If you find patches of black mold on your interior walls, it's a sure sign of dry rot -- which in turn means water has gotten in somewhere as well.

Writ short, if you want to perform a basement remodel, you need to be certain that your basement is whole and waterproof before you begin. If you skip out on the basement repair and a complete basement waterproofing, you're essentially going to be building on quicksand. Anything you do down there is going to be tainted and eventually destroyed by water damage.

Fortunately, basement waterproofing -- while it's not easy, per se -- doesn't have to be a long, complicated process. Basement repair experts with the right tools can get in there and use their specialized implements to effect repair sometimes over the course of a single afternoon. If, for example, you don't have to rip out all of the walls to look for cracks (because you never had walls in the first place, usually), you can skip out on days of effort (and large amounts of expense).

Unfortunately, getting your basement waterproofed isn't the end of the tale. There will still be any lingering water do deal with, as well as the potentially unhealthy mold and the replacement of anything that's been rotted or otherwise needs replacing. All the more reason to plan ahead when you ponder remodeling your basement -- because that part of the work is pretty much all on you.

That said, there's still plenty of great reasons to remodel your basement. Not only can you add a livable and useful space that your family can enjoy, but you can also add value to your home should you ever choose to resell it. Just be prepared -- and if you have any questions or doubts about your renovation plans, call a basement waterproofing expert in to check out what prep work you'll have to get done before you start.


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