Waterproofing and Basement Conversion
You need more space in your home. In fact, you’ve started to consider moving to a new, larger home. However, you love the neighbourhood you’re in, the children love their schools and friends, and really you don’t want the upheaval of moving. Renovating your existing home might be your better choice but you think there’s no space on your property to spread out. Let’s look around or rather down….your basement can provide you just the space you need.
Taking that dark, musty cellar or crawl space and converting it into useful living space can be just the solution you need. There are several options to consider. How do you plan to use the space? Is it to store items currently cluttering up your living space in the rest of your home? Do you want to create the entertainment room of your dreams? Do you need an office? Do you want to add a bedroom for your teenager or parents? If you have an older home, you might need to consider adding space to your basement by having your foundation underpinned to add height.
Even if your basement is large enough to accommodate the changes you want to make you must ensure that it is waterproofed before you start any renovations. Finding out that you have water or moisture getting into your basement after you have spent money creating your dream space can be a nightmare in the making.
If you have found water in your basement in the spring or after a major rainfall, you will find it again. You need to know all the signs of a water problem. That musty, dank smell means that moisture has left you with mould or mildew. Those white, chalky stains are indications that water has caused mineral deposits to seep from your masonry. The problems can be caused by a number of factors including poor drainage around your home, a faulty downspout, cracks in the foundation, poorly installed window wells. The time to fix it is now, before you do any more work in the basement to finish it with expensive carpeting, dry wall, or furniture.
You could conduct some do-it-yourself waterproofing but you are better off calling in the experts such as City Wide Group who can diagnose the problem and present you with the remedy. They will inspect your basement, identify the source of the water or moisture, recommend the solutions and provide you with a written estimate. They have more than 50 years of experience in waterproofing basements and can also provide you with foundation underpinning if needed. When they have finished their project in your basement you will not only have the dry space you require before taking on any renovations, you will also have a fully transferable warranty.
Taking care to professionally waterproof your basement before renovating it just makes sense. According to the Appraisal Institute of Canada, there are three factors to consider when determining if your home renovation project is going to provide a payback on your investment: increasing the selling price, enjoying the renovated space, or maintaining the worth of your property. Basement renovation ranks number one on the highest enjoyment value. Making sure your basement is waterproofed is one of the five top renovations to maintain the worth of your home by repairing structural defects.
The City Wide Group is a family-owned business that specializes in waterproofing and underpinning basements. They are the experts in their field and can stop water getting in the way of you having the kind of useable, comfortable living space in your basement. Call them today for an estimate.