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Eco-friendly solutions to getting rid of that “basement” smell

Have you ever walked down into your basement and been hit with a musky smell? Air quality in your basement can be a difficult situation when you don’t manage it. The smell can start because of a multitude of reasons. Maybe there’s sports equipment that brings back a smell that made you relive the old glory days. Maybe there are cracks in the wall and the built up moisture starts to mold. Are you not sure what to do about the smell? We have you covered with a few eco-friendly tips to change the smell of your basement.

Location
You need to sniff out the source of the smell in your basement. A few places to look would be any direct opening to the outside, like windows or doors. Sometimes, condensation can form and the build-up can really hurt you if it does not dry up. You should examine your pipes and walls for the same reasons, any additional moisture can be harmful to your basement. If these locations are not the source, then it might be a piece of old furniture, carpet, or storage you keep tucked away, so once you locate the origins, make sure to get rid of it.

Eco-friendly cleanup methods
Now that you have identified your target, you must get rid of it quick. For mold and mildew, we advise you to use vinegar. Vinegar is a normal ingredient you may use to cook with but also a swift bacteria killer and within a few minutes after a deep scrub, the mold or mildew should be gone.

If you are not too fond of the smell of vinegar then lemons are for you. When life gives you lemons, make a cleaning solution by mixing water and lemon juice together. This solution can minimize the chances of mold build up and leave a pleasant citrus smell in the air.

Again, if these two scents bother you, think about using baking soda. Baking soda can soak up moisture as well as deodorize the basement smell. To do this, cover the troubled areas with baking soda and let it settle for about 15 minutes. When the smell dies down, be sure to clean up the powdery mess, a simple click of a vacuum should work.

If you do not have any of the items on hand use antibacterial soap. Mix up a quick concoction and start scrubbing down the problematic areas of your basement. In fact, this is the quickest method of cleaning up the smell.

Remember, if the source of the smell comes from moisture that is seeping through your walls, it’s a bigger problem then just covering up the odor. B-Dry offers an eco-friendly solution to waterproofing your basement.  B-Dry systems have been successful in over 200,000 basements worldwide. Dealers of B-Dry have the proper certifications and carry liability for your protection. B-Dry has your back and covers you inside and out.

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Tips in building the ultimate entertainment room

A homeowner can be very fortunate to have extra rooms in the house to splurge and show their creativity. Having an entertainment room has seemed to be the new way for the male counterpart express himself. Sometimes many people don’t know where to start in building the ultimate man cave. Let us give you a few pointers.

Location, Location

Location can be a big game changer when it comes to building the greatest entertainment room on planet Earth. If you are lucky enough to have the entertainment room as the basement, then you have more than enough space you need to invite all the pals over to hang. A basement can be key to the noise suppression compared to the rooms on the ground or upper-level floors. Be sure to have your basement check and waterproofed by a professional before constructing your room.

Furniture

When it comes to furnishing your cave you have to have a few couches to lay back and rest on. Beanbags can be a wildcard but there needs to be a cohesive flow to balance the Fui Shui. Entertainment rooms normally covered in sports memorabilia to the favorite team of the owner. Pull out carpets, wall posters, bobble heads, and more of your favorite sports team. Many people graze over investing in an air dehumidifier. If your entertainment room is in the basement you seriously might want to do some thinking. For a short-term solution before calling a professional like B-Dry to waterproof your basement you can use a dehumidifier to keep it dry.

Envisioning

No cave is complete without the best entertainment system. You surely need a television, but what kind? Will you go all out and reel in a projector for the best angles to the big game? Some fanatics have multiple TV’s to watch all that is going on at once. Not much of a sports fan? Make sure you grab your favorite gaming console and the best new game releases. Another great idea is to grab a karaoke system and have friends and family night singing your hearts out.

Now we’ve given you the key components to the best entertainment room possible. Run out and pull your personal room together now! Call B-dry if you need any waterproofing for your cave today.

 

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Choosing the right air dehumidifier for your basement

Looking to buy a dehumidifier for your basement? A few things you need to check before your purchase.

Keeping the moisture levels low is a big part of keeping your basement in mint condition. In renovating a basement, adding a dehumidifier can be an option for the homeowner.  A dehumidifier is used to keep the moisture levels to a minimum and can help stop any funky smells. There are a few things you need to consider when it comes to purchasing a dehumidifier for your home.

Placement

Placement is key when it comes to making sure your room stays dry. Strategically placing this dehumidifier in the room can yield high results for your basement. It is not ideal to place it under a table or wedge between furniture. If you have a single unit in a large area, it is ideal to place it in the middle of the room. If your room is known to have areas with a higher build-up of moisture like next to a window then place it closer to the trouble areas.

Coverage area

For small basements, one dehumidifying machine is enough to cover the area depending on the size of the unit. Make sure you read the coverage area of the unit and buy the proper one to fit your room size. If you own a larger basement buying more than one unit might be necessary to ensure minimal moisture.

Does it have a hose attachment?

A hose attachment is a big part of a dehumidifier for two main reasons. The hose can help drain out the excess liquid out of the dehumidifier. With this, it would help if your basement had a drain to make it much easier on your pockets instead of buying an extra attachment to store the water.

User-friendly features

Sometimes you can be forgetful of appliances that are plugged on in your home. If you are I would advise you to buy a unit that offers a timer to turn on and off at certain times of the day. This can save you a little extra on your utility bills and can slow down depreciation of the product allowing it to hopefully last you a long time. Also, check if there is a defrosting option. Some homeowners use this year round and during the winter it would be a nuisance if the unit were to freeze.

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The Basics of Finishing a Basement

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Whether you’ve lived in your home for decades or you just moved into a newly constructed abode, finishing your basement might be on your mind. There are a number of reasons to consider this remodeling project. Some families, for example, simply need the extra space! If you have friends or relatives who often stay overnight or if you have lots of children, a finished basement can provide the room your household needs to keep everyone happy. In other cases, homeowners are interested in finishing their basements to prepare their homes for sale. This can be a great selling point, particularly in areas where the real estate market is ultra-competitive. No matter why you’re thinking about finishing the basement in your home, the information in this guide will help you get started. Remember, you may need to do additional research before tackling some aspects of your upcoming renovation. Don’t undertake complicated electrical work, for instance, without consulting a professional!

Make Sure Your Basement Is Waterproof

Waterproofing a basement might seem like a daunting task, but it’s something you can get started on fairly easily. First, inspect your basement to see if there are any obvious leaks. If you find small cracks or holes that are letting in water, fill them with hydraulic cement. This compound expands as it dries, keeping water out for good. It’s also a good idea to walk around outside your house, making sure all soil is sloped away from the basement’s exterior walls. Otherwise, rainwater could run right into your underground space. You should also inspect for cracks that aren’t visible from inside and fill them the same way you did any interior cracks.

If you have a major flooding problem or if you see lots of cracks that are wider than a pencil, it’s a good idea to contact a professional. You may have foundation issues or other structural problems that need to be addressed before you continue finishing your basement for everyday use.

Complete Plumbing and Electrical Work

Some unfinished basements already have functional plumbing and electric, but typically lack fixtures. If this is your situation, you don’t have nearly as much work ahead of you as someone who is starting from scratch. You simply need to make sure everything is in good working order and purchase toilets, sinks, and light fixtures to install where your existing pipes and wires are. If, however, you have to completely plumb and wire your space, it’s a good idea to at least consult with a professional plumber and a professional electrician before you get started. This way, you’ll know if there are any serious issues you should be aware of. You may even decide that it’s worth the money to let an expert complete your plumbing and wiring for you.

Think About How You’ll Use the Space

As you read earlier, every family intends to use their finished basement differently. As a result of this, there’s no cookie-cutter plan for you to follow when the time comes for you to design and layout your new space. This doesn’t have to be stressful, though; instead, it can be a lot of fun! You get to create the perfect place for your family, suited specifically to your unique needs. First, think about how you’ll be using the space. Maybe, for example, you’d like to have a theatre room in your newly finished basement. Or, perhaps you want to make sure the space is universally appealing for when you list your home in the near future. No matter what, it’s important to take the time to consider what will truly make your new addition work for your needs.

Which Basement Waterproofing Method is Most Effective?

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If you are looking to waterproof your basement, there are plenty of methods and options to choose from. Learn more about the various types of basement waterproofing to decide which is the best fit for your home and your budget.

Interior Basement Waterproofing

Interior waterproofing is the most common type of waterproofing for households in the Northeast. This method is often used when there is an imminent threat of flooding or moisture in the basement because it can be installed relatively quickly compared to its alternatives. The cause of the need for an interior waterproofing is often groundwater pressure on the foundation of the basement.

Exterior Basement Waterproofing

Exterior waterproofing are more intrusive than interior jobs, involving advanced equipment and several skilled technicians. The foundation of your home must be excavated, which typically disrupts your entire home and family but once complete, you are left with a reliable waterproofing system.

French Drain

This method involves drilling a hole in the foundation to make way for a drain and sump pump to remove any moisture that enters your basement. A vapor barrier is often included to decrease moisture entering your basement through other surfaces such as basement walls.

Sealants

Sealants are still disputed by many basement waterproofing professionals but have been used as, typically, a temporary fix to a water issue in some basements. Sealants are often offered in paint-form and are inexpensive compared to the other approaches but are overall less effective and have been proven to fail after some time, leaving customers to choose an alternative waterproofing system. 

Contact a Basement Waterproofing Professional

The best way to figure out the waterproofing method that is best for your basement is to ask a professional. Contact B-Dry Systems today to get our professional opinion on how to best waterproof your basement today!

Basement Waterproofing Basics You Need to Know

Choosing Your Basement Waterproofing Method

Choosing a method to waterproof your basement is the first step you must take after deciding to go ahead with this home improvement project. Whether your basement has moisture issues and you are addressing them or if this is a preventative measure, it one of the best ways to invest in your home. Follow along to find out more about the different ways you can prevent water damage in your basement.

Interior Waterproofing

Many people choose an interior waterproofing system over exterior waterproofing systems for several reasons. Interior waterproofing addresses hydrostatic pressure or pressure from groundwater that ends up seeping through your basement walls and foundation that causes damage to your home. This method is used both when there is an imminent threat and most times, water is already in your basement and as a preventative measure. In order to install the system, a professional will have to break through your wall or foundation and install a new draining system and a sump pump to safely divert the groundwater away from your home.

Exterior Waterproofing

Exterior basement waterproofing is a much more invasive approach than interior waterproofing. Typically, an exterior waterproofing system will require a complete excavation of your foundation. Because it requires so much disruptive work, the best time to install an exterior waterproofing is when your home is being built or under construction. The major difference between exterior and interior systems are that exterior relies on a waterproof coating that prevents water from getting into your basement. This system forms a thick barrier between your basement and the water trying to come in. 

Invest in a Basement Waterproofing System

B-Dry Systems of Massachusetts offers the best solution for your basement water problems.  With a lifetime warranty, you can rest assured knowing your basement will be covered for life. Contact us today for a free estimate on waterproofing your basement!

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How to Keep Heavy Rain Out of Your Basement

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This winter has been surprisingly rainy so to help our fellow New Englanders stay dry in this unexpected rain, we’ve prepared this guide with the best ways to keep your basement rain-free this winter. Follow along for advice from some of the the industry’s most experienced professionals!

Clean Your Gutters

While the winter months aren’t the best time to get outside and work, this may be necessary. If your gutters are clogged, they could be the source of a water problem in your basement. If you can see rainwater flowing regularly, your gutters are most likely safe but if not, take a closer look.  

Install Downspouts

Adding downspouts to your home will help push water even further away from your home and basement. The further away you can push the water, the better your odds will be of keeping your basement dry. You can easily install external add-on downspouts to your system or you can have a professional install below ground extensions that have been proven to be even more effective.

Invest in a Sump Pump

Purchasing a sump pump and placing it in the trouble areas of your yard and/or driveway will help move water away from your property and dispose of it in a less dangerous place. The easiest way to do so is to run a long hose from your pump into the street but be sure the water is not running back toward your home.

Waterproof Your Basement

The only way to guarantee your basement remains dry throughout the year is to invest in a waterproofing system. By choosing a company with a lifetime warranty, you’ll ensure your basement is safe as long as you own the home. Contact B-Dry Systems today for a free estimate on waterproofing your basement!

Keeping Your Basement Dry In the Winter

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Many New England homeowners are faced with tough situations in the winter from shoveling their cars out of the snowy streets to keeping their home safe under the drastic weather changes. Use our guide to help make sure basement water issues will not be a problem in your home this winter.

Check Gutters & Downspouts

You cannot guarantee your home is safe from moisture issues without making sure your gutters and downspouts are free of issues. Gutters should be cleaned in the fall but at the very least, be sure they are cleaned at the beginning of winter to rid of any and all debris that fell during the stormy fall so that water doesn’t spill over and go into your foundation. Adding extensions onto your downspouts will push the water even further away from your foundation for an added layer of security.

Prevent Indoor Humidity

If you have a dehumidifier, keep it running to prevent moisture issues in your basement. Most homeowners don’t think the winter requires dehumidifiers but it is best to keep it on all year to guarantee your basement will remain moisture-less.

Identify & Fill Foundation Cracks

Water seeping through cracks in walls and foundations are typically the greatest cause of basement water issues. Find and fill all cracks and leaks in your basement walls and foundation to avoid such problems.

Waterproof Your Basement Completely

The only way to guarantee that your basement will remain completely dry and waterproof this winter is to invest in a complete basement waterproofing system. B-Dry Systems has been helping home and business owners waterproof their basements for decades. Contact us today for a free estimate on a basement waterproofing with a lifetime warranty.

Types of Basement Waterproofing- Interior vs. Exterior

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Waterproofing your basement is one of the best decisions you can make to prevent pricey damage to your home. There are several ways to ensure your home is safe from water damage through leaks and flooding that threaten the safety of your basement. Learn more about the different types of basement waterproofing to decide which is best for your home.

Interior Basement Waterproofing

Concrete Waterproofing Coating

This interior basement waterproofing technique includes a thick concrete layer between your basement interior and the outside. Once the concrete coating drys, it will begin protecting your basement from water damage immediately. The concrete mixture is sensitive so it cannot be applied to previously painted walls, limiting the places where it can be applied.

Silicate-based Concrete Sealers

This method is also known as desifiers also has the limitation of not working on previously painted walls nor can you paint over them once applied. This usually turns most people off to this option, though it is one of the most cost-effective and easiest to apply.

Waterproofing Paint

Acrylic formula paint offers another easily-installed waterproofing option for homeowners. To apply the paint, you simply paint the necessary walls with several coats of paint and will need about one gallon per 75 square feet.

Exterior Basement Waterproofing

The most thorough basement waterproofing system will inevitably be installed by professionals. Though the interior waterproofing methods above have been proven to be effective, they will only work if leaks and cracks have been sealed, which is tough to guarantee if you are not a trained professional. Investing in a complete exterior waterproofing system is the best way to rest assured knowing you will never have to worry about the water damage your basement could suffer from if it is not properly waterproofed. A team of professionals will evaluate the entire exterior of your home to find any problem areas and address them accordingly. The specific methods used will depend upon the needs of your home but by hiring a professional waterproofing company, you will be sure to get the best waterproofing system for your home.

B-Dry Systems of Massachusetts has been helping Massachusetts families stay safe and dry for decades. Contact us today for a free estimate on waterproofing your home!

Places to Check for Water Leaks in Your Home

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If you have a leak in your home but aren’t sure where it’s coming from, this is the guide you need. Having a leak anywhere in your home is a major risk to the safety of your entire home so solving this as soon as possible is crucial. Use our guide to help identify the leak and find a solution immediately.

Toilets

Toilet leaks are often to blame for a majority of water leaks in residential buildings and homes. The problem goes unnoticed because it is an internal issue that often doesn’t make noise or have other obvious signs. Check the toilets around your home by removing the top and listening for a hissing sound after flushing.

Hot Water Tank

Check the pressure relief valve on your hot water tank for a common place for leaks in your home. If you hear sounds from the valve or the pipe and drain connected, you may have a leakage.

Gutters

If you don’t consistently clean your gutters, you may have a leak from build up. Seasonal cleanings will avoid this issue, especially after fall. In addition to checking your gutters, be sure your drainpipes are free of blockages.

Everywhere

Some leaks could be impossible for the naked eye to spot. A good way to test if there is a leak in your home is to shut off the water in your entire home then check your water meter. Record the reading and go back an hour later and check it again an hour later to see if the reader has changed. If so, you definitely have a leak problem and need to consult a professional immediately to find and address the leak. 

Never again worry about basement water issues with B-Dry System’s basement waterproofing system! Find out more about our system here and contact us today to get a quote for waterproofing your basement.