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3 Things You Should Have in Your Basement, But Don’t

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Brian
03.22.13

Your basement is the perfect spot to store skis in the summer, and it’s home to your beloved pool table, but it’s special in other ways, too. Since it’s located underground, it’s more prone to issues like mold and water damage. This means that your basement needs a little extra attention!

Here are three items you may not own that will help protect your basement (and your belongings) from damage.

1. Dehumidifier

If you live in a humid area, running a dehumidifier in your basement can save you thousands of dollars. Literally. The dehumidifier will reduce moisture, which helps prevent mold. A dehumidifier is especially important if you have a finished basement because mold can develop behind your walls, where it’s very difficult to detect. Remember, replacing a wall because of a bad mold outbreak could cost more than $10,000!

2. Metal Shelves

These babies are a double-whammy of basement storage excellence. First, storing your basement belongings on shelves significantly reduces the chances of them being damaged from flooding or standing water (which is more common in basements than other rooms). Second, metal won’t warp due to fluctuating temperatures and humidity changes, whereas materials like wood will.

3. Backup Sump Pump

Sump pumps remove the water that accumulates around and under basements and crawlspaces by pumping it outside, which prevents leaks and floods. Most houses with a basement have a sump pump installed, but not as many have a backup sump pump. However, it’s worth buying one because a backup sump pump acts as a replacement if your primary pump fails. It also functions as an extra battery in the event of a power outage. A flooded basement can cost anywhere from $1,500-$10,000 to repair, so it’s worth being extra safe on this one!

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