DIY Basement Sealcoating

Your basement is probably one of the rooms in your house that would be most prone to moisture seeping into the walls or floors. The moisture would invite molds and bacteria to form in this part of your house. Obviously, bacteria and molds will not be good for any household because of the threats that it poses to the people and things in the house. If bacteria and molds are left to grow without any proper maintenance or care, then it will slowly spread to the other parts of the house until it seems like it will be almost impossible to stop. That is why seal coating your basement is important. Here are some of the steps that you can do on your own to seal coat the basement without having to spend on professionals.

Sealcoating

The first thing you would have to do is to clean the room of where you will be seal coating it. Say you are seal coating a basement, cleaning it would be rather simple because all you would have to do is sweep and mop any dirt or mess you see. Then you must test the floor for moisture because if it does not have moisture, then you would not even have to seal coat it in the first place. One test would be to duct tape a plastic bag onto the concrete floor making sure that there are no gaps or spaces and leave it overnight. If there were no signs of moisture then good but if you do see any moisture, then you would have to consider seal coating it.

The next thing to do would be to patch and fill any holes you see in the concrete. If you see any small holes or cracks in the concrete then using a concrete patching compound will be the best thing to do. However, if the crack is too big, then you would probably have to use wet concrete to fill that hole. Once you have fully coated the concrete with the patching compound, leave it to dry overnight.

After, apply the sealer. The main point of seal coating the basement is adding a sealer to stop moisture. Pick out a sealant from the hardware store and get a paint brush too to spread the sealant. When you are sealing the floors, make sure to get the nooks in between walls and evenly spread the sealant throughout the floor. Continue this process until you get a wet and shiny appearance from the sealant then allow it to dry overnight.

These are all the steps that would need to happen for you to seal coat a basement. Although to add a little bit of color to the room then painting it would be a good idea. Apply the paint you have chosen as you have done with the sealer. Although the difference would be that you would need to apply at least 2-3 coats of paint for it to stick and look nice. All in all, these are some of the important things to remember for a basement sealcoating in Schaumburg.

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