A basement can be a tough spot to bring light and fresh air into. The windows to basements are usually located underground level in a sort of well—or a window well. These windows bring much more light and fresh air into your basement, making it a more open and inviting space. Without them, basements would be more confined.
Basements are known for being dark, dingy, and cold. But that can all change with a few well place window wells. With being underground and having no windows, basements feel like less inhabitable living spaces. Window wells give basements natural light and brighten up an otherwise dark space in your house. A source of light will help the space feel bigger and more open.
It can be tough getting an enclosed underground space, like a basement, to be properly ventilated. Adding windows and window wells to the stuffiness of a basement can allow you to bring some fresh air inside. With the right window wells, that have been well maintained and regularly cleaned, basement windows can save your basement from feeling enclosed—they are your basements’ opening to outside.
Windows can provide an emergency exit in your basement. Because of their location, basements don’t usually have a traditional exit. If for some reason you were trapped in your basement, you could need a quick and easy escape route. Window wells don’t just make your house lighter and better ventilated, but also safer.
Have a pest problem? There are a few easy solutions to help you keep those creepy crawlers out of your basement and out of your home. Follow these tips to keep your basement bug free!
Check for and Seal Cracks
Sealing any possible entry ways for pests is the best way to prevent them from entering your home. Because they are microscopic, they can enter through some of the smallest entry ways. Try turning off all of the lights and covering all the windows in your basement, see any crack of light getting through? There may be some cracks and crevasses that you aren’t aware of. Seal those cracks with caulk. Pay special attention to areas where plumbing and wires enter.
Examine the outside of your home and windows for any damaged or missing sections of siding. Any sort of crumbling or damaged could lead to gaps. Seal off your doors and windows with screens.
Yard Maintenance Makes a Difference
The condition of your yard will impact how many insects and pests are around your house. Remove any debris from the 2 ft perimeter around your foundation and spray for bugs monthly. Like humans, bugs need water to survive. Avoid any water from pooling up in your yard. Aerate your lawn so that moisture can absorb into your soil instead of collecting on top of your lawn.
Use a Dehumidifier
A warm and moist environment is a breeding grown for bugs, mold, and mildew. Basements tend to be damp because of their proximity to the ground. Try using a dehumidifier in your basement to avoid any stuffiness or dampness and keep the pests away.