3 Essential Tips for Finishing Your Basement

Finishing your basement is an exciting project for any homeowner but it is important not to get caught up in the excitement and forget the essentials! Follow our steps below to ensure you get the basement you’ve been dreaming of while keeping it safe and in the best shape possible!

 

Have a vision

If you can’t immediately describe your vision for your finished basement, try to remember the reason you wanted to finish your basement in the first place. The answer to this question is going to be different for each homeowner but it is essential to move forward with this vision in mind and plan accordingly. If you do so, you will avoid issues in the future!

 

Hold Off on Buying Furniture

Picking out furniture is often many people’s first action after deciding to finish their basement because it is one of the more exciting aspects of the project but it is best to hold off for now! It is safer to wait until plumbing and electrical work are complete so you can avoid possible spacing or design issues.

 

Waterproof Your Basement!

This step is absolutely necessary to ensure your new basement is protected from water damage and could save you thousands of dollars in the long run. After investing significant time and money into finishing your basement, the last thing you would want is for water damage to ruin your new space and put your project back to square one. Furthermore, B-dry Systems highly recommends investing in a basement waterproofing that has a lifetime warranty to ensure your basement is protected for life.

 

Contact B-dry Systems today for more information on our award-winning system or to schedule a free estimate!

Best Pick Reports Award

best pick report award

We are happy to announce we have been chosen by Best Pick Reports as a Best Pick for our industry! This is our fifth year as an award winner. We would like to thank our beloved customers who have taken the time to review us,  as we would not have received this award without the gracious actions of our past customers.

We are pleased with this announcement, as it reassures all of us at B-dry Systems that our customers are satisfied with our attentive work and our customer service! We are confident in our basement waterproofing system after years of perfecting it but receiving awards such as this one give us great pleasure because we know that our customers also believe in it!

If you’re in need of waterproofing your basement, contact us today by filling out a form or by calling us at (978) 262-1405 for a free estimate! Read more about our waterproofing system here!

How To Reduce Condensation In Your Basement

Taking the right precautions to prevent and treat condensation in your basement will save you a significant amount of money in the long run, as water can cause serious, long-term damage to both your home and your health. Follow these tips for the best ways to reduce, prevent, and treat condensation in your home to ensure a safe and clean home for you and your family.

 

Check Your Appliances

Many families take advantage of the extra space in their basements by putting large appliances there such as a washer and dryer in this space. If you have a large appliance like this in your basement, it is imperative that it is properly ventilated or you could be exposing your basement to significant moisture. Check your washer and dryer’s ventilation system to ensure the moisture is being properly handled and not absorbed elsewhere.

Heating

If your basement is completely cut off from your home’s heating system, you could be putting yourself at risk for built-up moisture in your basement. Because there are factors that you cannot completely control, this is a quick fix that could prevent moisture damage that may be hard to solve otherwise. Keeping your basement at an appropriate temperature will also prevent pipe issues in the winter which could also cause leaks or flooding in your basement.

Basement Ventilation

Ensuring your basement is properly ventilated is essential to a safe and healthy basement. If there is nowhere for moisture to escape, it will surely remain in your basement and cause damage to your property. There are countless ventilation systems to choose from but the key is to identify the biggest issue, if any, and choose the system that best addresses the problem area.

Prevent Moisture Completely Today

If you are having basement moisture issues or would like to protect your basement with a waterproofing lifetime warranty, contact B-dry Systems today for an estimate on your basement!

Five Basement Remodeling Ideas

Are you looking to finish your basement and make use of the space? See our list of basement remodeling options to help decide what you should do with your basement!

Guest Room
If you have guests often enough, it is well-worth giving them their own space in your newly finished basement. Giving guests a whole floor to themselves will not only make them more comfortable but will limit the compromised space in the main floor of your home.

Home Gym
Do you find yourself unmotivated to go to the gym? Making your own gym in your basement could be just the push you need to work out more often. From privacy to convenience, the benefits of an in-house gym are endless.

Play Area
Creating a kid-friendly space where everything is safe and fun will give your kids a reliable place to play while keeping your main floor quiet and clean.

Game Room
Think games just for kids? Think again! Making your basement into a game room will please everyone in your home as well as house guests. The possibilities are endless; pool table, ping pong, foosball, arcade video games, and plenty more!

Office
If you work from home, remodeling your basement into a home office is surely something to consider. With plenty of room for a large desk, bookshelves and file cabinets, your basement is the perfect space for working from home.

Before you can create one of these lovely basements, you must take the proper precautions to ensure your basement is finished properly, including waterproofing. B-dry System offers waterproofing services across the North Shore, Greater Boston & Metro West MA with lifetime warranties. Contact us today with any questions or for a free estimate!

Learn to Detect and Treat Mold Growing in Your Home Basement

A common way to tell if you have moisture problems in your basement, is the growth of mold on the walls and floors. In small quantities mold is harmless, but poses more of a threat as it grows. Some mold can cause allergic reactions while others can be fatal.

When mold is first spotted, it should be treated right away. If left alone it will grow and spread, potentially to other parts of the home. Inspect your basement paying close attention to areas with material such as plywood, drywall, furring strips, & carpet padding. Remember to bring a flashlight with you!

If mold is found do not touch it and do not breathe in heavily near it. If you do come into contact with it, wash your hands and clothes immediately. Mold is easily spotted by sight so you should not need to touch it.

Basement mold can be identified by its color, and ranges from light grey to black. It can also contain tinges of green, blue, or brown. If the mold is closer to black, then it is either the Stachybotrys or Cladosporium variety. Mold that is more grey, is either Aspergillus or Fusarium molds. These are good indicators of the type of mold at hand, but one can only be certain with professional help. Smaller patches of mold can be cleaned up by the homeowner, while larger patches should be left to the experts.

If mold is prevalent in your basement, consider waterproofing your basement to decrease the likelihood of future occurrences.

5 Steps to Take When Flood Damage Devastates Your Basement

No matter how prepared you are, accidents will still happen. Mother nature is an unpredictable and powerful force that can cause ruin quickly. If you have fallen victim to basement flooding, here are five steps you need to know to clean up a flooded basement!

Turn Off the Power
This part may be best left to a professional. If you are sure there is not a loose electrical current running through the water, make your way over to the fuse box and shut the power down.
If you are not sure, do not hesitate to call in an electrician to get the job done safely. Chances are you’ll need to call them anyways to assess any damage to your home’s electrical system.

Take Inventory
Only after turning the power off. It is also recommended to do this before calling in the insurance adjuster. Take a detailed inventory of every item that is damaged including the carpet and walls. Be sure to take plenty of photos. Get any items out of the water that you can salvage!

Call Insurance Company
Although you may be panicking, you’ll need to call the insurance company. Explain to them what just happened and what the extent of damage is. You want to be sure the necessary repairs get done. If possible, call an insurance adjuster to come and detail your coverage options.

Sump Pump
If you have a sump pump installed be sure to listen and verify that it has turned on. If it doesn’t turn on or you don’t have one installed, it’s time to call in a professional emergency restoration company!

Begin Cleanup
For smaller amounts of flood damage, you may be able to do the cleanup by yourself or with the help of a couple friends. Larger amounts of flood damage should be taken care of by a professional company that can dry and store your belongings while your basement is being repaired.

7 Signs That It’s Time to Replace or Repair Your Sump Pump

Although the US Department of Housing and Development estimates that the life expectancy of a sump pump is around ten years, they can still break before their time is up, especially if you live in an area with heavy rains or excessive snowmelt. Taking action the first sign of a bad pump could help save you thousands in flood damage. If you start noticing any of the following signs, it might be time to call in the professionals.

Excessive Vibrations
A device called an impeller draws the water into the sump pump. Occasionally debris will be sucked in along with water, damaging the impeller. When the impeller becomes damaged, it will cause the whole pump to vibrate. Repairing the impeller is difficult so it is best to replace the pump.

Rust
The rust you see forming could be coming from the battery terminals or from bacteria that feeds off the iron in the water. As it builds up, it will cause a disturbance in the flow of water.

Power Outages
Many times the sump pump is wired to the home’s electrical system. There are components on the sump pump that are vulnerable to damage during power surges. When this occurs the pump will have to be replaced. A different source of power should be considered if you experience power surges often.

Awful Noises
Typically this is a sign of a damaged or broken part and should be inspected by a professional.

Unusual Cycling
If you find that your sump pump is frequently cycling on and off, it could be due to an incorrectly adjusted switch, or bad wiring.

Running for Long Periods
Chances are that your sump pump does not have enough power for the job at hand. Either there is too much water for the pump or the layout of the pipe is too intricate to get all that water through. In this case, it would be time for an upgrade. It could also be due to faulty wiring or a bad switch.

Motor Issues
A motor that keeps getting stuck means that there is excessive sediment being sucked in. Before it breaks have a filter installed to keep the sediment out. It will have to be cleaned periodically.

For assistance with sump pump issues, call the experts at B-Dry of Boston at (978) 262-1405 or visit our website!

4 Concerns to Discuss Before Renting a Basement Apartment

For students or people living on their own, renting a basement apartment makes a lot of sense. Financially, they tend to be cheaper than a normal apartment or a studio apartment. This is great, especially if you work or go to school in a city where rent is normally too high to afford on your own. Also, basement apartments usually have more square footage than a regular apartment too. Before signing off to a lease, make sure to do your homework so you don’t end up in a world of trouble. Ask these questions before you lease your new basement apartment!

Is It Legal?
While you are being shown your new potential basement apartment, make sure that it has been approved by the proper authorities. The local laws of the city dictate whether or not that single family home had the approval to turn into a multi-family home. Landlords who have not received approval to do so, probably do not follow other rules and regulations including those for heating and plumbing. If you ever get into a dispute with the landlord, you could lose for occupying an illegal dwelling.

Is My Health at Risk?
A definite question to ask is whether or not the basement had ever incurred flooding. Basements are always the first to incur flood damage from bad weather and burst pipes. When you’re being shown the apartment, look for symptoms of water damage such as wet walls, mold and mildew, rust, rotting wood, & mineral deposits. If you notice any of these symptoms chances are the basement has incurred some type of water damage.

Also ask about pest problems such as rodents and insects, which are prevalent in basements. If there was a problem in the past make sure to follow up by asking about the current measures they are taking to keep the basement pest free.

What Do I Share with Other Tenants?
If the basement is not completely finished, meaning you have your own bathroom, laundry room, kitchen, etc., then chances are you will have to share some space with the people upstairs. Ask about what common areas are being shared and what the rules are between tenants.

If you drive a vehicle, ask about parking and whether the driveway is shared or if there is only street parking available. The last thing you want is to get towed by your own neighbors!

If utilities are not included in the rent, ask how they are split up among the tenants. You don’t want to pay for more than you have to!

How Safe Is This Apartment?
Apartments on the first floor or in the basement are more likely to be broken into. Ask your land lord if there are locks on all of the doors or even cameras around the property if you’re moving into a questionable neighborhood. While you are viewing the apartment, make sure that all the windows have locks and that they are in working order!

If you have a basement apartment and would like to inquire about waterproofing it, give us a call at (978) 262-1405 or visit our website today!

Interior Waterproofing Vs. Exterior Waterproofing

Most homeowners like to utilize their basement and convert it into a second living room for their family to use. A common issue with basements is the vulnerability to water and mold. When water compromises the foundation of the basement, it can lead to cracks and the growth of mold that will affect the health of the residents of the home.  Waterproofing your basement is the important step that every homeowner should do before its too late.

One the first questions you will have to ask yourself is what is the difference between interior and exterior waterproofing

Interior Waterproofing – The two most common methods of interior waterproofing are crack injections and interior drain tile.

Interior Drain Tile- A common way that water seeps into your basement is from the pressure underneath the foundation that causes cracks to develop. We recommend installing an interior drain tile inside the foundation’s footing to alleviate the pressure. This allows the water to be carried off to a sump pump where it is can be removed from your basement.  This interior drain tiles are easy to maintain once installed and will last the lifetime of the home.

Crack injection-  When there is a crack in your foundation your basement will suffer. These cracks can be formed by the pressure that surrounds your basement. The best way to repair a crack in your foundation is by injecting it with expanding polyurethane. The Urethane fills up the crack and expands to the other side of the crack to prevent any future cracks developing from the original crack.

Exterior Waterproofing –  The two most common methods of exterior waterproofing is through using dry sodium bentonite clay and a comprehensive system of foundation protection.

Dry Sodium Bentonite Clay-  One of the simplest ways to fill up a hole or a crack on the exterior of your foundation is by filling it up with Dry Sodium Bentonite Clay. This clay will absorb the water surrounding your crack and harden to become a permanent and pliable seal against any further damage from the crack.

A Membrane with Drain Tile- To protect your foundation wall from exterior water damage, the best option is installing a membrane with a drain tile. This membrane is a coating of asphalt-modified polyurethane that is installed against the foundation wall to create a seal against ground water. The exterior drain tile would be installed outside the membrane to channel water off to the sump pump.

Every home is different, and you should consult with a professional to understand which waterproofing method is right for your home.  If you have any further questions about waterproofing or would like to request an estimate, please give us a call today at 978-262-1405

 

Its Summer and My Basement is Always wet!

Summer has finally begun, and it is time to bring out the grills and sunblock. While you enjoy your time outside in the sun, you may see yourself going into your basement to cool off. But when you enter your basement you notice that your basement is damp, and some pieces of furniture are wet. This is because the heat and humidity that is surrounding your foundation are entering your basement.

This humidity and wetness in your basement and cause mold to produce and will damage your foundation and the interior of your basement. Between the intense heat of the summer and the humidity building up after every rain, the ground around your basement moves by expanding and contracting, and this can directly weaken your foundation. Another factor to consider is the soil foundation your home was built on, the type soil will depend on the how well the water is drained away from your foundation. If your home was built on top of clay soil, you could expect to have foundation issues because clay does very little to drain water away from your home.

When you start to see a wet or damp ceiling in your basement, you may start to get small cracks on the outside walls of your foundation or even the floor. This issue should be addressed imdeitately because water can enter the small cracks and will eventually damage your foundation. Addressing the issue before it turns into a large one will save you money in the long run, and you can enjoy your basement all summer long worry-free.
The easiest way to ensure your basement is safe from water damage this summer is having it inspected by a professional from B-Dry systems. We find issues with your basement at an early stage and many times the issue can be fixed quickly at an affordable price.

If you are concern about your basement being damp or see a small crack, give us a call today at (978) 262-1405.