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When I replaced the flooring in my home recently, I was surprised to find out that one of the options available to me was a cork floor. I’d always thought of cork as nothing more than the way to top off a bottle of wine. However, it turns out that cork is a great flooring option. It has many of the benefits of hardwood, but the texture and give of the material also adds some of the benefits of carpeting. I decided to start a blog about flooring so that I could share some of the benefits of interesting and lesser-known flooring options. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you only have a few choices. There are lots of great directions you can take with your home flooring that will perfectly suit your home and your needs.

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Protect Your Assets With Basement Waterproofing

Basement waterproofing has more advantages than just a basement that isn't going to flood with the spring snow thaw and April showers. Here are three ways that spending money on your basement can provide you with more bang for your buck.

A Waterproofed Basement Gives You Extra Usable Space

Too many people quietly accept that a full one-third to one-half of their home's square footage is resigned to little more than a giant laundry room that is dark, dank, and generally unpleasant to be in. When a basement is properly waterproofed, the space can be converted to a home theater, an exercise area, or even a mother-in-law apartment with the right renovations.

A Waterproofed Basement Can Improve Your Health

That dark, dank, and musty basement may be scarier than you realize. Wet basements are prone to mold and mildew growth, and if your basement has that musty smell, you have a case of mold. Mold and mildew spores will travel through your heating and air conditioning venting system. This can cause breathing difficulties such as wheezing and shortness of breath, hay fever symptoms, such as sneezing and watery eyes, and respiratory tract infections, and it can exacerbate existing chronic conditions like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

People with compromised immune systems, whether it's from HIV, chemotherapy, or another health condition, are also more prone to getting fungal lung or skin infections. This can be particularly dangerous for those with an artificial heart valve.

Some molds, such as black mold, can cause life-threatening illnesses, like pulmonary hemosiderosis, where the lungs bleed and can cause other damage in the connective joint tissues and kidneys.

A Waterproofed Basement Will Protect Your Investment

Your home is likely the most expensive purchase you will ever make. Waterproofing your basement will provide you with the peace of mind that comes with knowing your home is not only comfortable and safe for your family, but that it is also not losing value. A waterproofed basement will also provide you with the confidence to know you don't need to worry about any possessions you may store down there. Lastly, in the event you should ever decide to sell your home, a waterproofed basement could potentially be a big selling point to a prospective buyer whose looking for that extra value.

For more information about basement waterproofing and its benefits, check out the websites of contractors near you like