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Basement Maintenance

Basements tend to require seasonal maintenance due to the fact that they are susceptible to floods during rainy seasons and used more often during hot summer months. There isn’t a standard maintenance routine that a basement requires, but there are definitely seasonal maintenance procedures that all homeowners should participate in.

Checking the foundation of your basement is a practice that every homeowner should get into the habit of doing. Come up with a plan or schedule for checking your foundation. Keep in mind, however, that this process can be quite difficult because these things generally progress slowly over time and are hard to monitor. There are plenty of times when it would be very simple for you to check out the foundation in your basement, but often times the thought just passes by your mind. Try making a habit of checking the foundation every time you sweep the stairs, run out of detergent or need to change a light bulb. These cues will remind you to get the job done.

The process of checking your foundation will generally take no longer then two minutes to complete. Just briefly inspect the walls and look for cracking. It’s a good idea to track the cracks on your walls for progress. If you mark each crack you find with a pencil or tape and then date it you will be able to keep track of potential problematic areas. Keep in mind, not all cracks will lead to problems.

In addition to foundation maintenance, it is also important to keep an eye on condensation. Basements are extremely susceptible to developing condensation problems. If your basement becomes more wet or damp during rainy periods, then it is easy to find the cause. However, if you notice your basement becoming wet during dry periods or after each successive rainfall, then you may have a bigger problem. Maintenance for these issues usually includes basement sealing and waterproofing.

For many people, basement neglect comes easy. It’s the dark, dreary storage head quarters of the home that receives little if any attention. If you are one of the homeowners that treat your basement in such a way, start considering the effects that your negligence may have on your home. Neglecting your basement can lead to your foundation cracking without you even realizing it. Not to mention that mold and mildew could be running rampant all over your home while you are totally unaware of it. Try not to push the basement out of mind just because it is out of sight. Spend a few minutes here and there running through a few simple maintenance check-ups. Your homes longevity will appreciate it.

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