Wet Basement? Have Questions? Need Help? – Pioneer’s Forums

Pioneer Basement provides a free, monitored forum in which homeowners can post questions reguarding the water in their own basements.

http://www.pioneerbasement.com/forum/index.php

Simply sign up and post away! Getting your questions answered about your situation has never been easier!

It is still suggested to have a professional view the basement before any work is done, however getting an idea of some of the solutions to your basement’s issues can help you stay on track and find answers.

If you’re looking for more detailed advice on your project, Pioneer Basement’s owner Steve Andras, and his staff, work hard to provide inspections of individual basements as well as solutions .

Basement Inspection for Friend leads to good advice

A friend of mine recently had me take a look at some images of the basement of a forclosed house he was looking to buy into. I posted my initial reactions: friends basement inspection

Also made an annoucement that if you’re using Twitter that you can follow me there: Follow me on Twitter for Basement Advice

Prioritizing Household Repairs

With any home improvement project comes a desire to do a fantastic job, save money, and get it done quickly. With home repairs stacking up for many homeowners it’s hard to prioritize and start on their seemingly endless list of “things to do around the home.”

When it comes to DIY or buying a home you’re interested in, I suggest the following “flow of action” to my clients:

1.) Foundation
2.) Roof
3.) Septic Lines/Tanks
4.) Chimney (if you have one)

Now I put foundation first because it’s the stability for the rest of the home and more often than not, problems that are over looked in the basement can cause problems in the rest of the floors, walls, and ceilings and yes, even the roof. Once the basement and foundation are taken care of, having the roof inspected and or updated is a suggestion. Not all roofs have to be updated, but it’s a good idea, just like with the basement, to hire a keen eye to inspect and make recommendations. You might be lucky and still have another glorious 5-20 years on your roof that you currently own.

Most homes today have septic lines that connect to town or city sewage lines. A quick call to a plumber or a check in with your town hall can uncover any previous problems with your septic situation. Doing this could keep your system updated, cleaned and causing less of an odor problem. Having a clear septic line can keep the line clear, flowing, and prevent any back ups into the home.

If you have a chimney, re-pointing the bricks and mortar can save costly repairs down the road. Maintaining the stability of a very tall, heavy pile of bricks is essential for future landscaping projects (I don’t know about you, but having 2 tons of bricks fall on me, isn’t my idea of fun.) More often than not chimneys are some how connected to or resting on the foundation of the home. Which is why, again, I always recommend starting home improvements in the basement.

Once you’ve tackled the safety and stability of your home then all the other projects on your list can be tackled in groups or one by one. Updates and renovations are fun, but if you’re planning on putting money into your home focus down onto the basics and reestablish stability and safety first.

Moldy Rug in your Basement; what do I do?

When dealing with any style of mold the first thing to do would be to throw out the object(s) that is supporting the mold; in this case the rug. Letting anything sit and decompose because of mold isn’t healthy. The mold that will grow on that rug adds many pounds of allergens to the air each day.

Second thing to do would be to scrub down the floor with a mop using a 50/50 mix of bleach to water and let dry.

Whenever you work around mold, whether you’re sensitive to mold or not, make sure to wear proper eye, hand and clothing protection in order to not let your skin or eyes become irritated. If your skin does come into direct contact with mold, make sure to wash your skin with soap and warm water for at least 30 seconds.

Thirdly, this is the time to have a very thorough basement inspection. Ask yourself: where is the water/moisture coming into the basement? Am I running a dehumidifier to help filter the air and regulate the RH (relative humidity) in the basement? What other organic objects (boxes, bookshelves, wood, clothing, paper, etc.) is down here that might be feeding the mold?

By removing all the mold food you can easily gain control back of your basement. But don’t neglect the basement because of one small rug being moldy. This rug was a definite sign of issues in your basement that needed to be handled.

Contact your local basement-waterproofing expert in order to fully control any and all moisture in your basement. Controlling the moisture is a sure way to limit and even eliminate the mold content of your basement.