Painting your basement wall is always a nice decision. For sure it is going to bring a new improved look to your basement. Even aside from the renewed look that painting the walls of your basement, there is yet the added benefits of preventing mold growth from inflicting harm on your basement. For the fact that basement walls are porous, moisture can safely nest behind the concrete facilitating the dangerous growth of mold. One simple way to avoid the damage to your basement that could stem from this: simply painting the walls of your basement. So here are some tips that you would find very handy when painting the walls of your basement.
The first step when painting the walls of your basement is that you need to keep an eye out for the temperature of your basement. This is an important first step you shouldn’t miss at all. It would be more effective if the basement temperature can be elevated a bit for optimal effectiveness of the paint. This way the walls can absorb the paint more, improving the drying process. So make an attempt to raise the temperature of the surface of the floor to somewhere around 60 or 80 degrees Fahrenheit. You can use space heaters to increase this temperature. But if you are doing this, it is important that you ensure that the flammable substances most especially the paint is kept a safe distance away.
Sometimes there could be cracks in your concrete floor, fill this up before you begin your painting. On the other hand, if you have noticed the vulnerability of your basement to mildew or even mold, you should sort this out possibly before you paint to safeguard your efforts in painting. In other cases, your basement may be susceptible to water leaks. As said, find an adequate remedy for all these before you paint so that your time and effort is not cheaply wasted. This is because if after painting and water starts stagnating around your basement, it would be a regrettable mess.
Now having established that precaution, it is important you get your paint on the right spots correctly not spilling the paint on other unintended locations. To increase your accuracy and efficiency, you can tape the lower walls, a painter’s tape would go well in this regard. So everything seems set in place. You can now get your paint roller preferably that with a long handle to start applying your paint. Experience has shown that it is safer and wiser to begin the painting process proper by applying the paint from the end of the room with the biggest distance from the door and paint back progressing towards the door. You may be inadvertently stepping in wet primer if you do it otherwise and find yourself with a meager workspace. You should extend the paint some inches from the wall.
An epoxy-based primer is preferred for the floor so that you can have a sustainable base layer. You can use a paintbrush rather to apply your epoxy paint around the edges of the walls or the floors so that the paint properly penetrates and is well distributed around the edges. So your painting should be set now. But don’t forget that a lot after the painting has to do with how well you allow the paint to dry. Optimally give the paint somewhere around 7 days to properly dry off. After this duration, you can safely take off the tapes, bring in your furniture on the floor and start walking steadily again.
However, painting your basement may not always be the cure. Sometimes, the problem may be from your foundation. Why don’t you call us today to inspect your foundation and see if all is well with it? A stitch in time saves nine.