Items You Shouldn’t Store in Your Basement/Attic

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Being able to throw out your old stuff without batting an eye is a trait more people need to adopt. However, most people will hesitate to do such a thing and will store their things away in their basement or attic space. While these are common storage areas, there are a few things you should avoid storing here.

Important Documents
“Honey, where are the kids’ birth certificates?” If the answer to this question is “in a box in the basement/attic,” relocate them elsewhere immediately. Important documents such as birth certificates, the deed to your home, marriage licenses, etc. should be stored in a sealed safe or plastic container. Moisture, flooding, and high temperatures can exist in these areas and can make these documents illegible after years of storage.

Clothing
With the changing of the seasons comes the changing of your wardrobe. For those with more clothes than they should own, it’s normal to pack up your tank tops and shorts in order to make room for sweaters and jeans. Avoid storing your clothing in the basement and attic because clothing can be damaged by extreme temperatures, moisture, mold, and pests. Although if you must, vacuum seal your clothing and use air tight plastic containers.

Flammable Products
Basements and attics are common areas of the home where gas furnaces, hot water heaters, and dryers are located. Avoid placing flammable chemicals like paint, cleaning products, propane, etc. in these rooms if appliances are also located here. Heat from these fixtures can pose a serious fire risk if flammable chemicals come in contact with them.

Basements and attics accumulate more things than they should, but make sure you keep out a select few items. When you need your basement or attic professionally cleaned, contact the pros at EnviroGreen Boston. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (844) 775-7700.

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Keeping a Remodeled Basement Safe

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Having a basement in your home is like having free square footage to do whatever you want with. You can make it into a bar, game room, bedroom, or just use it as storage. Whatever you decide to do with this room, make sure you add a few things to it to keep it safe.

Proper Lighting
A basement that isn’t remodeled might have just one light bulb at the the center of the ceiling. This isn’t the adequate amount of lighting necessary to navigate through the room. The best thing you can do is install multiple lights throughout the room for the best lighting possible. Also, make sure to install the light switch at the top of the stairs to avoid falling.

Perfect Windows
Windows in a basement are a necessity if you want the basement to be included under the home’s square footage. The windows also have to be a certain height to allow for a person to escape during the event of a fire. During a remodel, hire a contractor to dig out the window well so your basement is safe and considered an actual room.

Keep Mold Away
Having a wet basement can instantly spawn mold growth, which can lower indoor air quality and put your health at risk. Before you attempt to remodel your basement you should have it professionally cleaned. All mold should be removed and the room should be waterproofed to prevent future mold growth.

Remodeling your basement can turn an old storage room into a livable space where you can relax or entertain guests. When you need your basement waterproofed, contact the pros at EnviroGreen Boston. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (844) 775-7700.

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What You Need to Transform Your Basement on a Budget

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Basements can be used as game rooms, living rooms, bedrooms, home offices, and for storage. If your current basement is unfinished or rundown, then you’re not fully utilizing all of your home’s livable square footage. Transform your basement on a budget so you can maximize all of your home’s living space.

Insulation & Walls
Sticking with the concrete blocks that your basement is structured from is not a smart move. You’ll need to remove any water damage, install insulation, and hang drywall for a closed and secure room. Otherwise, moisture will be present which will eventually lead to mold growth. If your basement is already finished, have the insulation assessed and look into a new paint job.

Let There Be Light
When you’re remodeling a basement, you’ll want to get rid of that “basement feel.” Add lighting that is bright and plentiful to illuminate the room for an aesthetic appeal as well as for mobility reasons. Lighting is important if you’re looking to make the basement a living room, playroom, or home office.

Do More for Your Floor
The stock concrete floor or old, tattered carpeting just won’t cut it! Consider installing flooring options that are easy to lay over the concrete. Low priced tile and carpeting are common options that will get the job done without putting a hurting on your wallet. Just like insulation and drywall, adding new flooring can help control the moisture and humidity levels in the basement.

You can transform your basement into any type of room you desire, just make sure you nail all of the essential repairs. When you need your basement or crawl space cleared of any water damage, contact the pros at EnviroGreen Boston. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (844) 775-7700.

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5 Ways to Fix a Wet Basement

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If you’re lucky enough to own a home with a basement, you get to enjoy the perks of having additional storage space or living space (if you decide to finish it). While this area of the home is quite useful, it can easily be exposed to excess moisture and flooding. If you’re sick of having a wet basement, take action!

  1. Extended Gutters – If water isn’t drained far enough away from your house, it can flood your property and eventually your basement. Add gutter extensions to your system to have rainfall drain out and away from your home. For a cleaner and more permanent solution, consider installing an underground drain pipe.
  2. Repair Leaky Plumbing – Even the smallest of leaks can accumulate enough to cause extensive water damage. That’s why all plumbing should be serviced and repaired as soon as a leak is noticed. Waiting too long can allow moisture and standing water to pool and cause larger, more expensive problems.
  3. Install a Sump Pump – Some basements are more prone to flooding than others , but no matter what you should always be prepared. Have a sump pump installed to prevent serious flooding and damage to your home. No matter if there’s a torrential downpour or if a pipe breaks, you shouldn’t have to worry about having four feet of water in your basement.
  4. Seal ‘Em Up – Inspect your basement and look for any cracks, holes, or gaps in the walls. A common place for water leaks in the wall is around plumbing pipes. Fill these holes and cracks with the proper caulk and sealant.
  5. Vapor Barriers – After you inspect and plug any cracks and holes in the wall, you should think about adding a vapor barrier and insulation. The vapor barrier and insulation will block moisture from entering the basement area and allow you to turn your storage area into a livable space for you and your family.

Basements that experience a constant accumulation of moisture and flooding should be inspected and a change should be made. When you need vapor barriers and insulation installed in your basement or crawl space, contact the experts at EnviroGreen Boston. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (844) 775-7700.

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The Most Common Basement Problems

The basement is an important room in your home that is often overlooked. This area can be used as a bedroom, living space, for storage, and is also the foundation of your home. It’s important to always maintain the condition of your basement and be aware of its common problems.

Electrical System
Before attempting to finish a basement make sure to inspect the electrical wires in the walls. Putting up new walls over old, hazardous electrical wires can be disastrous. Inspect the wires and breaker box, and replace anything before turning your basement from storage to living space.

Shaky Foundation
Inspect your basement and look for any cracks that could compromise the structure of the foundation. There are minor surface cracks that can be easily patched up, but there are also deeper cracks that should be repaired by professionals. Cracks can occur from the ground shifting or soil eroding which will leave the basement walls unsupported.

Water Damage
Basements are prime candidates for flooding, especially if the basement isn’t finished, doesn’t have a sump pump, or your gutter system is faulty. Always inspect your basement for any flooding and brown water stains on the walls and ceiling. Waterproofing your basement should always be done even if you aren’t planning on completely finishing it.

There are a few problems that can occur in your basement and they should be kept in mind during a renovation. When it’s time to waterproof your basement, contact the pros at EnviroGreen Boston. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (844) 775-7700.

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