A basement is an area in many homes that can be used for a multitude of purposes. But an unprotected basement can be a disaster for your home, leading to water damage, mold, mildew, and other issues that can be extremely costly. For this reason, preventing damage to your basement is an important part of keeping your home safe and strong. So here are some ways for you to prevent basement damage.
Inspect your basement for signs of flooding. Look for efflorescent remnants of previous flooding, which will show up as chalky white lines. If you see these lines, your basement has definitely flooded before. If your basement has flooded before, take appropriate steps to waterproof your basement walls and floor. (more…)
If you’re looking for a distinctive and enjoyable addition to your home, a sauna could be a great option. Home saunas are growing in popularity among homeowners, even in middle class homes. Another option that some are enjoying is the steam shower. Steam showers and saunas both offer relaxation and promote a healthier lifestyle, but use different methods to accomplish the same goal. While both are growing in popularity, it’s a good idea to know the differences between the two and which one could work for you. (more…)
Everyone needs a space to call their own. While your home is a great place for your family to come together, it’s also a good idea to have a room to yourself where you can do what you want. Men, let’s face it; between your wives and kids, your house is going to be either cute or filled with kids toys. But what about a space for you? A place where a man can be a man. That’s why you need a man cave.
What is a Man Cave?
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Recently Superior Woodworking located in the Metro Detroit area remodeled a wet basement using Sani-Tred. The remodel was custom finished basement with 1\2 bath, wet bar, flat screen and kegerator. Water was an issue in this basement so the walls and floor had to be completely stripped of any paint or sealer. The entire basement was then sealed with a product SaniTred and finished as you see here.
Waterproofing a basement can take many forms and methods, each with varying degrees of success. When considering how to waterproof your basement, there are many factors to consider. Cost, how hard it is to install, even how well will the system work as intended, all have to be considered when looking to waterproof your basement. An interior footing drain is one of these waterproofing methods. Many find interior footing drains to be a great option to waterproof a basement and will be glad to tell you how well they work.
To install an interior footing drain , you remove the edges of the concrete slab then dig a trench around the perimeter of the foundation. A perforated pipe (4 inches in diameter) is put in the trench to aid in drainage and is covered with crushed stone. Concrete is finally poured over the trench to complete the drain. Most interior footing drains work with existing sump pump systems to remove collected water from the basement entirely.
Now that you know what a interior footing drain is, here’s a guide to help you decide if it’s the right waterproofing system for you.
Does not require excavation. External waterproofing systems like French drains or waterproof coatings require excavation of earth around your house. Interior footing drains are installed from the inside of your basement, which doesn’t require costly excavation of landscaping outside.
Installation is not weather-dependent. Another benefit of an interior footing drain is it can be installed indoors without being threatened by rain, mud, or other harsh weather conditions. By installing the drain inside the basement, it can be installed quickly, even when the weather doesn’t want to cooperate.
Cheaper than exterior methods. Interior footing drains are installed on the interior of the basement, which not only saves extra labor, but also cost. Exterior waterproofing methods like French drains require excavation and costly installation. Interior drains do not and are therefore cheaper.
Cutting concrete isn’t easy. Installing an interior footing drain is cheaper than other methods, but that’s not to say it’s easy. These types of drains require cutting into the concrete slab, which is no easy task. This is something to consider.
Will not stop wall seepage. An interior footing drain will effectively drain water that gets into a basement at the floor junction, but it does nothing when water comes in through the walls. Drains are designed to work with gravity, draining water from the lowest point and removing it from the home using a sump pump. But any water related issue involving basement walls are not addressed by interior drain systems.
The SANI-TRED Alternative
If you’re looking for an alternative to address your waterproofing needs, consider SANI-TRED products. SANI-TRED can waterproof your basement without the need for trenches, drains, excavation, or other costly waterproofing solutions, with the added benefit of being affordable. While easier to install than other methods, interior footing drains are still not as easy or effective as SANI-TRED.
When it comes to basement waterproofing, there are many ways to go about keeping water out of your home. But the real question is: which one actually works? Each method has its supporters and there’s a lot of information out there about each one, but ultimately it comes down to which one works effectively. Exterior waterproofing is a general term that refers to numerous methods used on the outside of a home to prevent water from getting in. This can be anything from waterproofing the exterior of basement walls, installing a drain system, or even using a sump pump to remove the water that does get into your basement. When you have a leaking basement, you want a waterproofing method that works to protect yourself from it happening again. And more than that, you want a method that truly makes your basement water-PROOF. With that in mind, what are the pros and cons of exterior waterproofing?
- Helps outside drainage. One obvious advantage is applications of waterproofing coatings on the outside of basement walls aid in water going into external drainage systems like French drains.
- Reduces cracks and seepage in basement walls. A good exterior waterproofing coating can fill cracks and stop seepage of water to the inside. (It should be noted that these effects will not last forever and are subject to future cracks due to seasonal thaw and freeze cycles)
- Doesn’t address humidity. While an exterior waterproofing system can often work to keep water from getting in to the basement, it does nothing for the problem of humidity, which leads to growth of mold.
- The typical outdoor waterproofing method requires a coating or some type of waterproof sheeting to be applied to the exterior of basement walls. If you’re trying to waterproof your existing home, that means digging up the area around your home, applying the waterproofing agent of choice to the foundation, then replacing the earth around your house. This is extremely expensive, with the process costing easily thousands of dollars.
- Labor intensive. Exterior waterproofing requires excavating earth around the foundation, application to the exterior walls, then replacing the earth around your home. Then there’s the extra work of replanting grass or other landscaping in the area that was excavated. In addition to being costly to install, these systems are also very labor intensive and require much more work than others.
The SANI-TRED Solution
But there is a much simpler, easier, and cheaper solution to your basement waterproofing needs. SANI-TRED products can completely waterproof your basement from the inside without the need for excavating or external waterproofing coats that provide only temporary protection. SANI-TRED is an affordable waterproofing system that can be sprayed, rolled, or painted on to the inside of your basement. Once dried, SANI-TRED forms a strong, impermeable bond that permanently stops water from the outside from getting inside. SANI-TRED can handle negative hydrostatic pressure and adheres to your basement walls like no other substance, ensuring that you won’t be surprised one day to newer, larger cracks allowing water into your home.
External waterproofing systems attempt to block water from the outside or even divert the water through drains. Only SANI-TRED affordably and effectively keeps water from getting into your basement permanently without the need for expensive, time-consuming systems that won’t last near as long. Try SANI-TRED and see what real waterproofing is all about.
Sump pumps are a popular device used to forcefully pump water out of a basement. This excess water, be it the result of a particularly bad rainstorm or just general underground wetness, is a serious issue for any home. Sump pumps are electrical devices that “kick in” when water is close to, or actually does, enter a basement and needs to be removed. Sump pumps are considered a must-have by many homeowners, with some having multiple pumps in the same home. They are often installed in specially constructed sump pits in the lowest part of a basement or crawl space and are there explicitly keep ground below the house dry so the water doesn’t get into the house. While sump pumps are considered an essential part of many homes, especially those with basements, they are not without their challenges. If you’re thinking about getting a sump pump in your house, here are some positives and negatives to consider when making your choice.
- Removes water from basement. Water can get into a basement from numerous different sources and sump pumps work to force that water outside the home before it can do any damage inside. Sump pumps can drain a basement after it has flooded or even pump water from the earth beneath the house before it gets a chance to enter the basement to begin with.
- Works better than external waterproofing coatings. Some homeowners think external waterproofing coatings are enough to completely protect their homes from outside water and stop flood prevention there. These coatings often break, crack, and weaken, eventually leading to flooding. When this happens, many homeowners find themselves with a flooded basement and no way to get the water out.
- A sump pump is an active system. External waterproof coatings, drains, or tiles are passive systems that attempt to stop basement flooding either by simply being present or by responding AFTER flooding has already happened. A sump pump actively works to prevent water from getting into the basement in the first place by pumping ground water away from the home before it can get in through cracks or holes.
- Sump pumps require electricity. A sump pump being an active system means that it requires electricity whenever it “kicks in” (turns on) to pump water away from the home. Under normal conditions this is no issue, but in situations where larger rainstorms also lead to power outages, you could still find yourself with a flooded basement. It is recommended if you do get a sump pump, to get one that has a battery back up and is properly sealed to prevent flood water from damaging the pump itself.
- Radon risk. A sump pump system requires a sump pit to be dug, which creates an opening in the earth beneath your home where Radon can come through. If Radon is an issue in your home, be aware that virtually any hole in the foundation can be an opening for Radon to get into your house.
- While the cost of maintaining a sump pump is low in most situations, you must also consider the overall cost of your decision. Sump pumps are relatively inexpensive on their own (prices vary depending on model and motor “horse power”), but when combined with all the other types of waterproofing that many homes have as well, the price can really add up. Many homes do not have just one type of waterproofing. While sump pumps are active systems that prevent water from entering a home from underneath, a waterproof coating is also needed to keep water entering through the walls, and then drainage systems that the sump pumps themselves feed into. As many houses have combined systems to waterproof their basements and crawlspaces, they also show a combined price tag.
The SANI-TRED Alternative
Another way to deal with flooding is…don’t deal with flooding. SANI-TRED doesn’t TRY and prevent flooding, it just does it. Sump pumps use electricity and piping to try and keep a basement waterproof, but under extreme circumstances, even they are known to fail. SANI-TRED, in a simple application, completely waterproofs your basement better than any external coating, drain, or sump pump can manage. SANI-TRED permeates your basement walls and floor, seals them permanently, and stops water from entering your house. No pumps, no drains, no need for a backup plan, just a waterproof solution that works.
Remodeling a bathroom can be a daunting, yet rewarding project. Many rooms in your home require attention and the occasional remodel, but none can be quite as important as your bathroom. Though many don’t think much about it, a bathroom is an essential part of any home and serves multiple purposes in your every day life. While a bedroom can be a place to relax after a long day, and a kitchen can provide hearty meals to family and guests alike, a bathroom provides just as much, if not more. A good bathroom includes a shower that can be a calm oasis among a busy lifestyle, a toilet to allow personal time to read or contemplate, and a sink to make sure you go back out into the world clean and ready to take on the day.
So if your bathroom isn’t as relaxing or functioning the way you’d like, it may be time for a remodel. Bathroom remodeling, like all remodeling, is quite an undertaking and shouldn’t be entered into lightly. But if you know what you want (or are willing to find out), a bathroom remodel could be right for you. In that spirit, here are common Do’s and Don’ts when remodeling your bathroom.
DO make (and follow) a design plan. You should determine exactly what you want out of your bathroom, pick a design that meets those needs, and stick to it. This includes a realistic budget. While a designer real marble floor may sound amazing, be realistic about what you’re able to afford and plan accordingly.
DO focus on lighting. Lighting is essential to any bathroom. Think of all the things you do in your bathroom. How many of them can you confidently do in the dark? While good natural light is ideal, if that’s not part of the design, be sure to add interior lighting so you can see exactly what you’re doing, day or night.
DO waterproof. Bathrooms use a lot of water. Showers, toilets, sinks, all use water to run. But the key to a good bathroom remodel is making sure the water is ONLY going to where it’s intended. Leaks in a bathroom can damage floors, rot walls, allow mold, mildew, and fungus growth, and can cause all kind of other problems, all of which are avoidable with proper waterproofing.
SANI-TRED can waterproof any surface in a very short period of time. The seal is waterproof and permanent, something that will undoubtedly benefit your bathroom for years to come.
DO go green. Eco-friendly products are excellent ideas to consider. Green products are stylish, affordable, and safe not only for the environment, but also for your health. Eco-friendly products have expanded greatly in the past few years and can now be found at many home improvement stores. These products are often made of recycled material, contain no toxic chemicals, are low in VOC, and are overall better options than standard manufactured products.
SANI-TRED is low VOC and can not only do the job, but also be eco-friendly. That’s good for you and good for your bathroom.
DO make sure your bathroom is properly ventilated. Mold, mildew, and fungus thrive in hot, wet environments and an improperly vented bathroom is a perfect storm for these conditions. Not only are mold and fungus bad for your bathroom, they’re bad for your health. To save your bathroom and yourself, be sure to properly ventilate your bathroom and make sure air can circulate properly.
DON’T overestimate your skill level. Be honest with yourself before you start a bathroom remodel and admit what you can and cannot do yourself. There’s no shame in bringing in a professional to perform a task you’re not experienced enough to do. If it’s too big for you, hire a contractor. It’s better that it’s done right, not who did it.
DON’T move the plumbing. Remodeling any room can be exciting and lead to new ideas on how you want things to look. But keep in mind that a bathroom is not just any room, its furniture is fixed in place and also has plumbing to deal with. The fixtures are there because the plumbing feeds out to those areas, and any attempt to move those fixtures means you also have to move the plumbing. The minute you start moving plumbing, your remodel will become much more expensive. You’re better off either fixing or replacing fixtures where they are.
DON’T make it complicated. Keep your remodel simple and clean. Complicated remodels are often costly and can leave you with a bathroom design that is over-budget and odd looking. Be sure to keep your design plan in mind and go about the remodel in a simple way. The end result will look a lot better than a more expensive project with clashing styles and colors.
DON’T order all your materials online. While the internet can be a great place to buy building materials for low prices, don’t get into the habit of buying everything on the web. Some materials like shower tiles, sinks, or countertops need to seen and felt in person for you to truly understand how they’ll fit in your bathroom. Ordering some objects for your bathroom sight-unseen is risky and can end up being a costly mistake or a begrudging compromise.
Concrete may look and feel hard, dry and seemingly water tight but concrete actually resembles a hard, dry sponge more than something solid and impermeable. In fact, concrete’s interior is comprised of thousands of microscopic pores that fill with water as the concrete is being poured and set. Once concrete starts to harden, its hydration reaction to hardening uses some of this water. When moisture near the surface of the concrete slab begins evaporating, these tiny pores dry out.
Once water is depleted in a concrete floor, moisture vapor continues to diffuse through the slab from the soil’s moisture content if no vapor barrier exists between the soil and the concrete. Lack of a vapor barrier means the concrete slab will act as a thirsty sponge–which seriously compromises the integrity of adhesives, flooring materials and coatings by causing bubbling, discolorations and structural deformities.
For anyone with a basement, the fear of it getting flooded might be something that you worry about constantly. After all, many of us use our basements to store memorabilia and things we feel a strong emotional attachment to. Others will be using the basement as a spare room, and as a place for someone to live in if they have to; whatever you decide to do with the basement, though, you need to look after it in the right manner. Basements, if they manage to become damaged or flooded, can be a massive expense to get fixed up.
Should you ever be the victim of a flood, one term that you are likely to hear from the experts is something known as hydrostatic pressure or in this case, negative hydrostatic pressure. This can sound like something extremely complicated, but in its most basic form this is when the water pressure becomes too much for your basement and effectively comes through the walls. This can happen through a variety of reasons, from a long period of torrential downpour to a lack of drainage for the basement area to avoid this problem from occurring.
Typical footing drains won’t be sufficient as they can become clogged up and full thanks to plant roots growing within them – this starts to build negative hydrostatic pressure around the basement, which will eventually lead to a pretty vicious basement leak occurring. With a pressure of roughly 60 pounds per cubic foot, the levels of pressure being forced onto the basement foundations is absolutely incredible.
After heavy rainfall and enough prolonged build-up of wet soil, you could be looking at tens of thousands of pounds worth of pressure.
What happens is that whilst the basement will hold for now, even the smallest crack or chip in the foundations could cause an almighty flood to occur. It will work in the same way as the proverbial dam; as soon as one part breaks away, the rest of it will soon follow. Water pressure forces and finds a leak until it can just release and pour out; there’s no way to stop it, even with the most robust design possible in a basement.
Traditional wisdom says the only way to stop the problem is to release this negative hydrostatic pressure as effectively as you can – typically, working with a team of basement renovation experts to help you waterproof your basement. Usually they will use various pressure releasing methods like drains, and sumps pumps.
The Sani-Tred Solution Stop Negative Hydrostatic Pressure
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