A sump pump for your basementA basement, if you have one, is usually the ground floor of the home or building that is usually located at ground level or even below the ground. The basement may be a small space in your home that makes up the foundation of your house, or it may be big enough to house a ground floor for more living space and recreation. Regardless of what your intended purpose is for your basement, you will want to keep it clean and dry, to maintain the value of your home, and the health of your family.
Basements are typically used as a utility space for items such as gym equipment, furniture, office supplies, electronic equipment, heaters/boilers, air conditioning systems, fuse boxes and circuit breakers, furnaces, boilers, water heaters, and wood burning stoves. While many of these items can handle temperature fluctuations pretty well, other items may become vulnerable to moisture variations. For example, items such as circuit breakers may be especially susceptible to moisture, rust, and electrical failure. You should build or install a basement waterproofing system for your home if you live in an area vulnerable to flood or heavy rains. There are consultants for these types of projects if you do not know what type of system you need. In some homes, you may only require a sump pump with battery backup, while other homes may need a more elaborate basement waterproofing system. You should find out all your options available to see how viable it will be for your family to waterproof your basement so that you can turn that space into an area the whole family can enjoy.
Types of basements. The type of waterproofing system you will need may depend on what type of basement you have. Daylight basements, or walk-out basements, are in houses that rest on a slope, so that part of it is located underground, while another part is open to the outside. With these types, of basements, you may have larger openings such as doorways that actually open to a level part of the ground. The part of the basement that is located below the ground is known in architecture/landscaping lingo as a true basement area. Full size windows and doors can be installed in a daylight basement. Daylight basements usually do not have the same issues with humidity and water as basements that are entirely underground, due to improved air exchange with the outside.
Look-out basement. In a look-out basement, enough of the basement rises over ground level that basement windows can be installed at the top of them and that you can see out of them from the inside. Lookout basements are not sufficient for doors on any side, and they will usually form the foundations of houses at flat ground sites. In these types of basements, you can put windows out of all four sides of the structure, and some of the structure on all four sides is above the ground.
Walk-up basement. A "walk-up" basement is on that has an exterior entrance via a stairwell. The stairwell is also usually made out of concrete, and will open up to the outside of the house via angled bulkhead doors or basement doors.
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