Is your basement as nice as you would like it to be? If your
answer is “no,” you’re not alone. Many houses have basements that are
underutilized for various reasons. Beyond obvious problems like water leaking
into the basement, there are often other issues, like mold that you can see or
smell, old carpeting that’s dirty and unattractive, and wallboard that’s been
damaged by moisture or mildew.
The good news is that today you don’t need to settle for a
drab, dingy basement. Actual Renovations Unlimited, LLC has the know-how and
products to refinish any basement that’s not as nice as you would like it to be.
Your path to a better basement can begin right here. The work you do depends on
a number of factors.
Basement refinishing priorities
Whether you’d describe your basement improvement project as
basement restoration, basement remodeling or basement refinishing, the goal is
the same: to transform an “adequate” basement into an exceptional one. Here are
the priorities that apply in most basement refinishing projects:
The infiltration of water into a basement is generally
caused by ruptures in the foundation at the junction of the wall, floor and
footing. If you live in damp climates or ones with severe weather, as we have
in Ocean County, NJ your home could be especially susceptible
to these foundation ruptures. The ruptures are usually a result of hydrostatic
pressure resulting from a high water table.
Ocean and Monmouth
County weather is often
severe, and it can take quite a toll on your home, especially by causing leaks
and cracks in your foundation. The weakest part of your foundation is where the
wall and floor meet. The walls are installed over what is known as the footer
before the floor is poured, causing cold seams where the concrete has voids.
The floor also shrinks when it cures, causing gaps between these separate
parts. The force of ground water is strong enough that it can seep in through
these spaces, oftentimes resulting in serious flooding.
When water seeps down into the ground, either through the
soil or out a downspout, the first part of your home that it comes in contact
with is your foundation walls. Existing waterproofing membranes break down over
time, making your home susceptible to seepage. Concrete is a very porous
material and is capable of absorbing large amounts of water. When put in
contact with water for an extended period of time, it will lose its structural
Whether they are on the wall or the floor, basement cracks
pose a serious structural threat to your home. Cracks, even those from the
normal settling of the foundation, indicate that water is flowing under your
foundation and eroding the soil around your home.
We service Toms River, Point Pleasant, Brick, Manchester,
Bayville, Barnegat, Manahawkin, Berkeley and Lacey Township New
Jersey and surrounding areas. Call us today (732) 300-9367