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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.

 

The Causes & Costs of a Flooded Basement During Fall

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Dealing with a flooded basement is overwhelming and it can be hard to know where to begin repairs. Use our guide to help address the flooding issues in your basement and know how much you should expect it to cost.

Most Common Causes for Basement Flooding

Even the nicest, most modern homes have basement flooding issues, it is simply the science of water running from high to low ground which makes flooding often unavoidable. Often times, rain is the main cause of a basement flooding. You should be hyper aware of this possibility during particularly rainy seasons such as fall. If your foundation has any cracks, rainwater will likely make its way through and cause moisture issues in your basement. Inspect your basement for any cracks that could pose a threat. The slope of your property can also cause your basement to flood. Ideally, your yard will slope away from your home, directing rainwater away from your home and basement to avoid flooding issues but if it is not this way, you are more likely to experience a basement flooding.

How Much Does A Flooded Basement Cost?

Repairing your basement and all of your property is a hefty feat, especially because it is often unexpected. The total cost of repairing your basement after a flooding will depend greatly on factors specific to your situation including how long the water sits, how large your basement is, how much water there is, and what you have in your basement at the time of the flood. In our experience, more minor floods can cost about $10,000 to repair whereas larger, more significant floods are closer to $25,000-$50,000.

How to Prevent a Basement Flood

While you can do things like check for foundation cracks and clean your gutters to help prevent basement flooding, the only way to surely avoid a basement flood is to properly waterproof your basement. B-Dry Systems has been waterproofing basements with our perfected system across the country for decades. Contact us today for an estimate on waterproofing your basement and avoid any flooding issues!

Check These Things Before Remodeling Your Basement

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Remodeling your basement is an exciting  project that will allow you to add a new space to you home. Often times, the excitement of the project can take over and some essential steps are overlooked that cause problems later on. Use our guide to make sure your basement is ready for a remodel project and prevent any pricey fixes later on.

Test for Radon

Elevated levels of radon gas are a leading cause of lung cancer and unfortunately, many people don’t even know they’re being exposed to it. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends testing for radon every two years so if you are not up to date, be sure to do this before beginning the remodel project.

Keep Necessary Items Accessible

The basement is typically the place where several important items are located so it is essential to keep this in mind when redesigning. Make sure your furnace, heat controls, electric panels, water valves and more are still accessible with the new arrangement of the basement to prevent any possible issues.

Test for Moisture

Test your basement to see if there are any moisture issues. Many families go ahead and redesign their basement with new furniture and decorations that end up getting ruined from mold and water damages. Take the proper precautions and test for moisture to ensure your new basement is sustainable. If you have moisture issues, call us today for a quote on our basement waterproofing system! Want to know more about how we guarantee your basement will be dry for a lifetime? Read more about our waterproofing system here!

Is Fall a Good Time to Waterproof My Basement?

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For homeowners, there are countless concerns and tasks to stay on top of to keep your home safe and in mint condition but there is a project that is often overlooked until it becomes an issue. Waterproofing your basement is a great way to begin the fall season. Not only will you have a dry basement, but your mind will be at ease knowing you are at no risk of mold growth, leaks, or flooding in your basement.

In New England, summers are relatively dry and often leave basements untouched by damaging factors but with fall right around the corner, September should become a time for homeowners to consider waterproofing their basement. Fall is often a time for home projects, as the weather is much more conducive to working around the house. Though not as glamorous as a kitchen or bathroom remodel, there are several benefits of investing in a basement waterproofing system this fall.

Because fall is the rainiest time in New England, your basement is at serious risk of having moisture issues such as leaks or even flooding. October records the most rainfall out of any other month in New England so if your basement is leaking, now is the time to look into this issue. With a basement waterproof system from B-Dry Boston, you will never have to worry about leaks, moisture, or flooding of any kind in your basement. Our system comes with a lifetime warranty and has been tested and retested to ensure we are giving you the best system possible.

Fall is quickly approaching and bringing heavy rainfall. Prepare your home and save thousands in water damage by investing in a basement waterproofing system today. Contact us for more information including a free estimate on your basement!

Ways to Prevent Your Basement From Flooding

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Having a flood in your basement can be devastating to both your home and your wallet. Luckily, many flooding situations can be avoided by taking the necessary precautions before any water damage occurs. Follow our tips below to prepare your home and avoid your basement flooding during this rainy season.

  • Keep Your Rain Gutters Clean- Gutters are often overlooked and forgotten about but they are an essential part of your home. By keeping your gutters clean, you can better ensure the draining system is working correctly to push water away from your home and basement.
  • Inspect Your Exterior- Many times, people search the inside of their basement for problems areas where water may be able to enter their home but often times, the problem is on the outside. Search your home’s exterior for foundation cracks that water could be seeping in through. Though this problem will typically cause mold or smaller leaks, during a storm this could easily cause flooding in your basement. If you find such cracks, consult a professional immediately.
  • Inspect Your Sewers & Septic Tank- If there is a clogging or draining issue in your sewers or septic tank, they are a ticking time bomb when a storm arrives. Ensure that both of these have been inspected and/or cleaned recently to avoid causing a flooding issue during heavy rainfall.
  • Invest in a Basement Waterproofing System- By investing in a complete basement waterproofing system, you will relieve the stress and worry of a basement flood. With a lifetime warranty, B-Dry Systems guarantees our system will waterproof your basement, preventing floods and even leaks. Contact us today for a free estimate on waterproofing your basement!

Ways to Keep Your Basement Dry on Rainy Days

Regardless of the age and design of your home, your basement is often at risk of exposure to water and moisture. This can cause property damage amounting to significant repair costs. Take the following steps to make sure your basement remains safe and dry on the rainy days to come.

 

Install or Replace Gutters

If your home is without an effective gutter system to collect rainwater, some water will surely end up in your basement. Make sure that your home is efficiently collecting rain water and steering the water a sufficient distance from your home, far from your basement.

 

Don’t Dry Your Clothing in the Basement

If your washing machine is in the basement, it can be tempting to take clothes out and hang them to dry right there but you should take the time to bring them upstairs. Bringing any wetness or dampness into your basement will add to the humidity and moisture which is capable of causing significant issues for your home.

 

Properly Ventilate Appliances

If your washing machine, dryer, or other appliances are ventilated within your basement, you will almost surely create a moisture issue for yourself in your basement. For this reason, make sure these appliances vent outdoors, releasing their moisture outside your home. It is also imperative to ensure these machines are leak-free.

 

At B-dry Systems (located in Billerica, MA) offers comprehensive Basement Waterproofing services and guarantee to handle all aspects of ensuring your basement is safe from moisture and water damage. View our Lifetime Warranty Page for more information on how we’ll ensure this system lasts as long as your home does and contact us today for a free estimate on your basement!

What You Need To Consider Before Buying a Sump Pump

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Does your basement need a new sump pump? There are some essentials you need to know before purchasing a sump pump based on your home and your needs. Follow our guide for steps to take before you purchase a new basement sump pump to ensure you’re making the most of your investment!

What Type Do You Need?

Most sump pump are one of two types; pedestal or submersible. Many people purchase pedestal pumps because they are less expensive but if you are going to be using it frequently, it is best to invest a little more money in a submersible pump. With a submersible pump, the engine will not overheat as easily and will run for long periods of time. If this is your first, it can be more difficult to know which to choose but if this is a replacement sump pump, use your experience with your last pump to influence this decision. Continue using a brand or model if it worked well for you.

Where Will You Be Placing the Pump?

Placement is important to consider when purchasing a pump, not only for the particular pump you choose, but also for other equipment you might need. If you will be able to keep a close eye on the pump, you may not need a pump alarm but if not, this is a necessity. If your basement does not have an outlet close by, you should purchase a new extension cord or consider installing an outlet closer to the pump to avoid electrical issues. You may also need to purchase the pipe and fitting that you will need to connect your pump to. Make sure you look into the setup before purchasing a new pump to avoid multiple trips to the store!

Is This the Most Effective Way to Keep My Basement Dry?

If you are constantly having flooding issues in your basement and you can’t keep up with the maintenance of a sump pump, it may be time to consider waterproofing your basement and stopping your basement’s water issues permanently. The professionals at B-Dry Systems in Billerica, MA provide services both to assist with sump pump replacements and repairs as well as our award-winning basement waterproofing system. Contact us today for a free estimate on your basement project!

Best Pick Reports Award

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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!