It isn’t uncommon for homeowners to want to convert their basements into living spaces. Finishing your basement is an easy and cost-effective way to increase the square footage of living space in your home. Waterproofing is one of the first steps that homeowners take to make their basements habitable. However, there is much more to be concerned about than water seepage. In this blog, we discuss various factors to consider when choosing basement systems to ensure that your basement is safe to live in.
Hazards In Your Basement
While basement systems are primarily designed to prevent basement flooding and other water damage issues in the basement, they also help to create a safe environment in the basement by keeping various other hazards at bay. Some of the hazards you should be aware of when choosing basement systems for your basement include:
This is a common problem in moist basements. Mold infestations often occur as a result of water seepage as well as high levels of humidity in the basement. Mold spores produce mycotoxins that can cause various health problems.
You can prevent the occurrence of mold and mildew in your basement by investing in basement systems that are effective at keeping water out of the basement. Not only should the systems be effective at preventing flooding but also at keeping humidity levels down. Consider including a dehumidifier or a ventilation system in your basement system to maintain healthy humidity levels.
Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally in the soil. This gas can rise through the soil and penetrate your foundation. High levels of Radon in your basement can result in various health problems. This radioactive gas has been linked to the development of various forms of cancer. It is, in fact, the second leading cause of lung cancer and is responsible for over 21,000 deaths annually linked to lung cancer.
You can keep Radon at bay by ensuring that your basement system includes the installation of a gas barrier. The gas barrier will keep Radon out of your basement and help ensure a safe environment.
Aside from Radon, there are various other noxious gases that occur in soils and can penetrate your foundation. These include methane. These gases not only result in bad smells in the basement but can also be dangerous to your health. Accumulation of gases such as methane can even result in the risk of an explosion.
Installing a gas barrier will help to keep these gases out of your basement.
Want to create a living space in your basement? Consult a professional basement waterproofing contractor to ensure you create a safe living space.
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