creating a kid-friendly basement play space

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creating a kid-friendly basement play space

I wanted to finish my basement in a way that was bright, fun, and easy to keep clean. My plans were to create a space that the kids could do whatever they want in and not cause any permanent damage. I have done all that I can to protect the walls, but was still left with the difficult choice of what to use to cover the concrete floors. Did I want carpeting that would be more comfortable for them to sit on or did I want hardwood floors that would be easier to clean? I went back and forth for a few weeks and finally talked with a flooring professional. So, what did we do? My blog will tell you!


A Couple Of Tips For Homeowners With Floor Drains

Water accumulating along the floors of your home can be a major problem for some homeowners. In addition to making the area unsafe, this moisture can also contribute to the floor developing severe rot. Luckily, floor drains can be an effective solution for helping you to manage this problem, but you will need to utilize some tips to ensure that the floor drain function at peak efficiency.  

Keep The Grate Clear Of Dirt, Hair And Mineral Accumulations

Over time, the grate on the floor drain can become extremely dirty. This dirt will gradually accumulate on the grate, and it will eventually stop water from being able to enter the drain. You will want to sweep and mop the floor drain every couple of weeks so that these substances can be removed before they lead to problems.

Mineral accumulation on the grate can be another source of performance problems. These minerals will come from the water that is entering the drain, and if you live in an area that ha mineral rich water, you may find that this issue is more noticeable. Luckily, removing these mineral accumulations is not particularly difficult. Pouring baking soda on the grate and rinsing it off with vinegar will create a chemical reaction that can loosen and dissolve these mineral deposits. If the deposits are large or extremely old, it may take multiple treatments with this solution to completely remove the minerals.

Consider Installing A Sump Pump

Many floor drains will rely on gravity to carry the water away from the home. If your home is on higher ground, this can be an effective solution for removing this water from your home. Unfortunately, some people will live in homes that may not be able to use gravity to remove the water. Often, these homes are at lower revelations or they may be in a particularly wet area.

A sump pump is designed to help homeowners that are currently facing this problem. These pumps will monitor for water to start collecting in the drain. Once enough moisture has accumulated, the pump will activate, which will help to force the water through a series of tubes until it is a safe distance from the home. Installing a sump pump can be a challenging task due to the need to place these pumps near or in the foundation of the house. For this reason, you should leave this work to a professional so that you know your system will work correctly the next time water starts to accumulate.

For more information, contact a company like Sani-Floors.