Remodeling for a Dry Basement in Iowa

wet basement wallsSo you need more space in your Iowa home but you do not want to build an addition. How can you maximize your living space without adding more? One great way to get the most use possible out of your home is to finish and remodel the basement. If you have an unfinished basement, you probably have at least tens of square feet of unused or poorly used space. If you take the time to waterproof and remodel your basement, you can tap into all of that unused potential.

Another benefit to remodeling and finishing your basement is that it makes your home more desirable to buyers should you ever choose to sell it. Finished basements provide over a 75% return on investment when you sell your home.

However, the first step in remodeling your basement is to make sure that it is dry and safe. If there is a moisture problem in your basement, it will cause damage to any drywall, insulation, carpet, furniture, or personal possessions that you put down there. Fortunately, WCI Basement Repair has all the basement waterproofing techniques that you need to get a dry basement.

How to Get Rid of Basement Moisture

The first step in getting rid of basement moisture is finding out where it is coming from. There are a few different places that water can enter your home, but WCI has a solution to getting rid of it no matter where it came from:

  • Foundation Cracks: If there are cracks in your foundation, water may enter there. To keep this from happening, invest in foundation repair methods like underpinning to close cracks and prevent future cracks. We use high-quality piering devices from the leading supplier, ECP (Earth Contact Products).
  • Foundation Seepage: Water might also enter your home by seeping through the porous concrete of the foundation itself. This can be prevented by using surface drainage techniques. Clean out your gutters to keep water from overflowing and check that downspouts are intact and long enough to reroute water away from the home. Another method is to grade the soil around the house so water flows away and keep plants further away from the house so that they do not trap water in the ground near the home.
  • Condensation: If your basement has improper ventilation, a moisture problem may be caused by condensation and humidity. Open the windows and run fans to prevent condensation. You might also want to install dehumidification systems from WCI to keep the basement dry long-term. We offer both Santa Fe Advance and Classic Systems. We also offer crawlspace encapsulation with a vapor barrier to prevent moisture seepage and buildup in the crawlspace of your home.

These are some of the options that we can use to take care of moisture problems in your basement. Once the moisture is taken care of and you have a dry basement, you are ready to remodel and utilize all of the space in your Iowa home!

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