If you have been thinking about remodeling your basement to address certain health and safety concerns that you have, it is best to hire a professional basement contractor to do the work. Unless you have a thorough knowledge of building codes and regulations along with being highly experienced and skilled in home renovation, this is not a job for the average DIY’er to tackle and should be left to the professional contractor.
The basement contractor can provide professional solutions for these health hazards namely moisture, mold, and radon. All of these are well-known health hazards that many of the better contractors are well versed at and very knowledgeable of. From the standpoint of your home’s value, remodeling your basement is an excellent way to enhance that value as well as maximizing the use of an under-utilized area within the home.
Moisture – being subterranean, basements have a natural tendency towards dampness but that is not to say that you need to learn how to live with a wet basement. Basement contractors can provide waterproofing strategies to help correct the issue and dry it out. Water can easily find its way into your home through different avenues such as cracks in your foundation, foundation walls that are porous, and seams between the slab and walls. The contractor knows how to seal these and prevent further seepage from occurring.
Mold – the first rule of thumb with basements is that if there is moisture there is bound to be mold present as well. Mold is potentially harmful to those individuals who are prone to respiratory problems or are already sufferers. All that mold needs to survive is a food source and water. When you have a damp basement, it has quite a supply of those two ingredients for mold growth. Basically, your home has been constructed from materials that mold loves to eat so the food source is automatically provided. Add the water and you have a recipe for potentially chronic health issues.
Radon – last but not least is the threat of radon exposure. This colorless, odorless gas is extremely dangerous and has been classified as the leading or primary cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. If your basement contains concentrations of this gas, it needs to be addressed immediately. The basement contractor you hire for your remodeling project should know how to handle this by installing a radon mitigation system that will collect the gas and vent it to the outdoors before it can enter your home.