Basement Renovation – How to Waterproof your Basement eps.3411



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Bob is in Melrose to review progress, much of which includes creating a dry and moisture-proof basement. He reviews measures taken to develop perimeter drainage, isolate exterior walls to drain into the channel, install a sump system with power backup, and connect a dehumidifier that is designed to work with basement moisture and lower temperatures. An inorganic underlayment for the carpet will keep this finished basement dry even if water makes a return visit. A unique take on window blinds covers the three-panel sliding door with sheer washable fabric that pulls across the surface for privacy and resembles hanging drapes. In the living room, the family opts for blinds that can pull up or down for varying light and privacy levels. A whole-home audio system is also installed with adjustable surround sound, speakers, and multiple remotes for ultimate sound control. The audio source controls multiple zones, including the kitchen and the yard, which has special weatherproof speakers. In the basement a new laundry and utility area is outfitted with a front-loading, energy-efficient washer and dryer, a new freezer, a refrigerator, and a microwave for easy living. A 50-inch flatscreen television and a separate TV for the kids’ bedroom complete the technology makeover.

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