If you just purchased a home and the home has a basement, you need to take steps to ensure the basement stays in good condition. This will save you a lot of money in repairs, as well as damage to things stored in the basement. To help you get started caring for your basement, below are two tips you can follow.
Waterproof the Basement
One of the most important things you can do is to waterproof your basement. There are many ways you can do this. For example, there is waterproofing that you can put on the walls on the inside of the basement. This waterproofing material is painted on. This does prevent water from seeping in through the walls but will not provide complete waterproofing protection.
Besides this, you should install some type of waterproofing system. One type of system is known as a French drain. If you would like this, you need to hire a professional waterproofing contractor to install this for you. The contractor will first cut a trench in the basement's concrete slab around the perimeter. The contractor will then dig below the trench to install a drain pipe. This pipe has perforated holes in it. Along with the drain pipe, the contractor installs a sump pump well and then the trench is filled with gravel to make drainage easier. When finished, the contractor repairs the concrete.
Inspect Pipes and Ductwork
If your basement has plumbing or any type of water pipes and these pipes are not insulated, you should hire a plumber to insulate them for you. This is done by injecting an insulating material to coat the inside of the pipes. This will help prevent the pipes from freezing if you have a cold winter. If your water heater is down in the basement, you should place an insulating blanket around the water heater. The pipes going to the water heater should also be insulated.
If your basement has air conditioning and heating ductwork you need to inspect the ductwork periodically. Make sure there are no leaks in the ductwork. If you do see leaks and the leaks are small you can patch them with tape made for this purpose. This type of tape is UV rated. If the leak is very large, hire a contractor to reseal the ductwork for you. This is important as if you do not fix a large leak you are wasting a lot of cool or warm air and your energy bills we become higher.
Talk with a basement waterproofing contractor and an HVAC contractor about the information above to start protecting your basement.