Using Antique Bathroom Vanities And Distressed Furniture To Beautify Your Home

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By Andrew Hallinan

Today’s homes have bathrooms of varying styles and sizes, but an antique bathroom vanity is a great choice for updating any bath decor scenario. Antique vanities soften the sometimes sterile look and feel of bathrooms, offer greater storage options for couples and families, and are available in multiple styles and shapes to suit almost any space.

We all want a clean bathroom, but at times, the environment can feel cold and uninviting. Tile, the material in use in almost all modern baths, provides an easy cleaning surface, as well as a clean look, but it can be too severe. One approach to softening the look of a tiled bath is with an antique bathroom vanity. Dark, light, or warm wood brings comfort and warmth to the room and the contrast between the modern and familiar brings a welcome balance, allowing guests and family alike to feel at ease.

Bathroom vanities must be able to withstand regular exposure to water and moisture. A variety of surfaces are used to accomplish this. Antique vanities can be topped with granite, stone, travertine, or hard wood. Marble is a traditional vanity topper that is extremely resistant to breakage, cracking, and scratching. The vanity itself may be constructed in a variety of woods from deep mahoganies to lighter pines. Modern plumbing fixtures are easy to install, and can be purchased in a great variety of styles to match your antique vanity. Many vanities also help to hide exposed plumbing that many people find unattractive.

Bathrooms, by their very nature, require the storage of toiletries, towels, cleaning supplies, and other items that can lead to clutter. Antique bathroom vanities are beautiful focal points, and even conversation pieces, while also offering convenient space for storage. An antique bathroom vanity offers real furniture, rather than a laminate coated pressed board, along with ample storage space. A real wood vanity serves also replaces functional, but unattractive storage solutions such as bins, crates, and shelving that usually serve this purpose.

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Todays antique bathroom vanities come in a wide selection of styles and sizes and can be used in so almost any size or style room. Ornately carved vanities can be paired with warm copper or jade colored sinks to bring an Asian flair to any bath. Plain, Shaker-style vanities can be paired with exposed, free standing sinks in copper or porcelain. Larger, two-sink vanities can be accented with framed mirrors to create a striking focal point for larger bathrooms. Antique bathroom vanities prove useful and attractive in smaller bathrooms and powder rooms as well. Vanities used in smaller spaces are more compact, but can feature more height than the traditional sink. Some of these vanities are only 23 inches wide, yet provide the same functionality of a much larger sink. Replacing a traditional laminate cabinet and sink combination with a free standing antique bathroom vanity can immediately open much needed floor space in a small area.

Antique bathroom vanities offer a way to bring your personal style and a sense of warmth and elegance into one of the most often used areas of your home. Antique vanities are surprising affordable as well. Sinks and vanities can be mixed and matched by the consumer allowing for a much more individual style approach to the bath.

Distressed furniture is a broad term that is used to describe furniture that has been altered to change its appearance to a more worn look. The distressed look is desirable by those who want to create a more casual aesthetic, those who wish to contrast highly architectural or modern styles with a more rustic feel, and those who do not want their furniture to appear “factory fresh”, but rather like a an heirloom piece or antique find.

Distressed furniture comes in a variety of colors and finishes. Natural woods may be distressed, as well as finishes, veneers, and painted surfaces. Milk-paint, a popular finish in many eras and settings, often accompanies a distressed appearance. Distressing may bring out the bare wood that lies behind the finished surface of a piece, or may reveal a tone used in the base paint of a piece when the top coat is sanded or otherwise removed. Again, this must be done very carefully because over-doing this type of modification can really be detrimental and you may need to start from scratch.

Cabins, lodges, and mountain homes are almost always associated with the rustic and lived in look of distressed furniture. But today, distressed furniture can be found in dwellings ranging from inner city apartments to Palm Beach mansions. One of the reasons for this trend is the desirability of a room that evokes comfort and ease. Distressed furniture evokes a casual and relaxed feeling that inspires guests to make themselves at home.

Furniture may be distressed to various levels. The distress on a piece of furniture may be as simple as sanding, whether applied to the entire piece or used in specific spots, or to create the look of natural wear and tear. Distressed furniture can also be created by striking the furniture with blunt objects or chains. The process, as you can imagine, can actually be dangerous, and getting the desired result tricky. The process of creating the look and feel that you’re looking for is similar to staining your furniture piece.

About the Author: Click here to learn more about distressed furniture. Andrew Hallinan is the owner of Tampa Search Engine Optimization company, and is Tampa Bay’s leading Search Marketing Specialist.

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NRA official suggests arming teachers to prevent school shootings

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NRA official suggests arming teachers to prevent school shootings

Friday, March 25, 2005A lawyer who is expected to become the president of the National Rifle Association (NRA) said in a comment to Associated Press (AP) that arming teachers with firearms is a solution to be considered in preventing school shootings by students. Sarah S. Froman, an alumni of Harvard Law School and a practicing lawyer, implied that allowing teachers to carry weapons is one of the many options that should be examined.

Guns and other weapons are commonly banned on school campuses in the United States, but the high-profile incidents of students defying the bans and bringing firearms to classes could place the school at a disadvantage if the student were to fire the weapon. In the case of the recent student shooting at a Native American reservation in Minnessota the school had metal detectors and had an on-duty security guard. The guard was unarmed, however, and was gunned down by the student.

Froman told the AP that if it is the responsibility of teachers to protect students from harm, then the society must find a way to let teachers do that. She also said that gun control laws or bans cannot prevent a malicious individual from acting out, and provided an example of a 1997 shooting incident where an armed teacher was able to help police apprehend the student.

Froman is currently the NRA’s first vice president, and is expected to be elected to the post of president in the organization’s elections next month. The current president of the 4-million member organization is actor and activist Charlton Heston.

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    Wikinews Shorts: February 3, 2010

    Wednesday, February 3, 2010

    A compilation of brief news reports for Wednesday, February 3, 2010.

    Contents

    • 1 Christmas day bomber cooperating
    • 2 Fire in Hyderabad hospital; 1 dead
    • 3 China begins urgent sweep for tainted milk
    • 4 Karachi violence escalates, section 144 imposed

    The Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound jetliner on Christmas day with hidden explosives is cooperating with investigators and providing fresh intelligence after the U.S. enlisted the help of his family, an administration official said. His family persuaded him to cooperate.

    Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab has been providing information to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents questioning him, the official told reporters on the condition of anonymity.

    The official declined to provide details on what kind of information Abdulmutallab was providing.

    Related news

    • “Failed bomb aboard Delta flight” — Wikinews, December 26, 2009

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    One person died and 41 were injured, including three nurses who are critically injured, in a major fire at Park Healthcare Hospital in Somajiguda, a suburb of the Indian city Hyderabad, on Tuesday morning.

    The fire engulfed a major portion of the five-storey hospital’s first floor, along with some medical equipment and furniture on the other floors.

    City police commissioner A K Khan said that a criminal case had been registered against the hospital management. “It is also being determined whether safety standards were followed by the hospital,” he said.

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    Chinese authorities say they are preparing to launch a crackdown on melamine-laced milk after the scandal over tainted products, which made hundreds of thousands of children ill two years ago and damaged China’s brand reputation overseas, resurfaced.

    China has dispatched inspectors to sixteen provinces to urge local governments to thoroughly investigate cases concerning food safety.

    The decision comes after milk products tainted with the industrial chemical melamine were removed from sale in Shanghai and the provinces of Shaanxi, Shandong, Liaoning and Hebei, the state-run Xinhua News Agency said.

    Related news

    • “Contaminated baby’s milk induces wave of child illness in China” — Wikinews, September 22, 2008

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    At least twenty-six people have been killed in Karachi, Pakistan after four days of ethnic killings, according to police officials. The officials said that nine people were killed on Monday in the city’s Orangi western neighbourhood, which has a majority ethnic Pashtun community.

    The Sindh government has awarded special powers to the Pakistan Rangers under Section 5 of the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 and imposed Section 144 in the limits of 26 police stations for a month.

    At least forty people were killed as ethnic clashes erupted across the city in early January.Home minister of Sindh province, Dr Zulfiqar Mirza has called upon the Army to restore peace and order.

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    17 million accounts’ hashed passwords, emails stolen, Zomato says

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    17 million accounts’ hashed passwords, emails stolen, Zomato says
    Posted in Uncategorized | September 18th, 2019

    Friday, May 19, 2017

    Yesterday, Zomato, a food ordering and restaurant finding company, announced security breach of more than 17 million accounts, via their official blog. A hacker operating under the alias nclay uploaded evidence to prove they had the stolen data — hashed passwords and emails — for sale, Hackread.com reported. Zomato later announced they contacted the hacker, who asked Zomato to organise a bug bounty programme.

    The food ordering company, with 120 million monthly users, said the payment information of the users was not located with this data and was not leaked. Zomato said it uses PCI Data Security Standards.

    As a security measure, all the passwords of the involved Zomato accounts were reset and all of the accounts were forcibly logged out from the application and website. The company said only hashed passwords were compromised.

    Hashed passwords are encrypted and, per Zomato, every password had a different “salt”, for cryptographic salting was performed before hashing the original password. A “salt” is a random set of characters added before encryption to make decryption to obtain the original passkey more difficult.

    The hashed password itself can not be used to access the account. In the blog post before contacting the hacker, saying “internal (human) security breach”, Zomato suggested this could have happened after a worker’s development account was hijacked. After contacting the hacker, and promising a bug bounty programme on Hackerone, they said, the hacker agreed and removed the stolen data which was put on sale on the dark web. Zomato said they are looking forward to working closely with the ethical hacker community on security vulnerabilities.

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    Dog left in car for 14 hours

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    Dog left in car for 14 hours
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    On August 16 a dog was left in a car for 14 hours at the parking lot of Wind Creek, Bethlehem casino at West Bank, Pennsylvania. United States. On August 27 authorities charged Daniel Herring with neglect and driving with a suspended driver’s license, and scheduled court appearance for September 24.

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    Egyptian treasures found in ancient tomb

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    Egyptian treasures found in ancient tomb
    Posted in Uncategorized | September 12th, 2019

    Friday, March 13, 2009

    A team of archaeologists excavating an Ancient Egyptian tomb have discovered golden jewelry in a recently-discovered lower chamber at the Valley of the Kings burial site in Luxor, Egypt.

    Two golden rings and five golden earrings were found in the tomb of Djehuty, an 18th-dynasty official of Queen Hatshepsut, and were probably the property of Djehuty or his family.

    The discovery was announced by Farouk Hosni, Egypt’s current Minister of Culture.

    Djehuty was overseer of the treasury and overseer of works for the Queen. Hatshepsut reigned approximately 1479–1458 BCE. Djehuty was responsible for managing the huge amounts of precious goods brought in from Egypt’s military expedition to Punt in the Horn of Africa and the vast building projects of Hatshepsut which have made the female pharaoh one of the most-remembered of any from ancient Egypt.

    Djehuty died after Hatshepsut did, sometime during the reign of Thutmosis III. Both Hatshepsut’s and Thutmosis’s names are recorded on the tomb. In a fashion typical of ancient Egyptian rivalries, Hatshepsut’s name was partly obscured on the monument over the tomb sometime after the queen’s death.

    The team, led by José Manuel Galán of the National Research Center (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, CSIC), in Madrid, Spain, had been excavating the tomb, designated TT11 and located in the necropolis of Dra’ Abu el-Naga’, since 2002. While much of Djehuty’s funerary equipment was lost to fire in antiquity, the lower chamber of his tomb was concealed at the end of a three-meter shaft and discovered at the end of 2008.

    A superficial description of the tomb itself was recorded almost two hundred years ago by 19th-century French Egyptologist Jean-François Champollion, rubble blocking the entrance hindered excavation until the 21st century. In that time, emphasis in Egyptology has changed from the cataloging of treasures to the investigation of ancient culture, life and religion.

    Since excavation began, Djehuty’s tomb has yielded a number of surprises. It was discovered that the tomb was re-used repeatedly up to and during the Greco-Roman period. There is an unusual face-on depiction of pharaoh Thutmosis III hunting ducks, and the mummy of a young, bejewelled, as-yet unidentified woman.

    In 2007, 44 preserved bunches of flowers thought to be from Djehuty’s funeral were found in the site. In their 8th season of excavation, which ended on February 22, 2009, the team also found considerable evidence that below Djehuty’s tomb is a network of burial sites from the 11th dynasty, four thousand years old.

    The lower chamber also displays passages from the Egyptian funerary text the Book of the Dead on its walls and a colorful mural of the goddess Nut, an embodiment of the heavens, on the ceiling. The names of Djehuty and his parents were also intact in the second chamber; the names were defaced in the previously-known first chamber of the tomb, which had also been looted.

    According to a press release from Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, Djehuty’s tomb is only the fifth known decorated burial chamber of the 18th dynasty. An additional unusual feature of the tomb is that its upper chamber is decorated in relief, rather than simply paint. When the excavation is completed, Dr Galán’s team plans to open the site to the public as the carved stoneworks will not be destroyed by tourists’ activities as paint would.

    The identification of Djehuty is a complicated one, as a number of officials of the 18th dynasty bore the name, including a general and several governors. The name itself is an alternate transliteration of the name of the Egyptian god usually written in English as Thoth.

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    Suspect in Laos plot detained in Thailand; suspects plead not guilty in California

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    Suspect in Laos plot detained in Thailand; suspects plead not guilty in California
    Posted in Uncategorized | September 3rd, 2019

    Wednesday, June 20, 2007

    A suspect whom police believe to be connected with the alleged plot by Hmong Americans to overthrow the government of Laos has been captured and detained in Thailand, police said yesterday.

    The man was identified as Sha Wang Lee, 53. He was arrested on Monday while trying to cross the border into Laos in northern Thailand‘s Nan Province. Police said he was carrying an expired United States passport that showed his hometown as Fresno, California. He also had a military-training certificate signed by Vang Pao.

    Royal Thai Police Captain Sitthinan Sithkamjorn told the Associated Press that the man was taken to the U.S. embassy in Bangkok.

    Kathleen Boyle, an embassy spokeswoman, said she could not comment on the case because of privacy concerns.

    Sittihinan said the man would be detained in Thailand for overstaying his visa if he was not deported to the U.S.

    Also on Monday, Vang Pao and nine others accused in the plot pleaded not guilty to conspiracy charges in U.S. district court in Sacramento, California. They are charged with violating the Neutrality Act, which makes it a crime to conspire to overthrow a foreign government that is on friendly terms with the United States, as well as conspiracy to kill, kidnap and maim, and conspiracy to export munitions without a license. They could face life in prison if convicted.

    Vang Pao, 77, is a former general in the Royal Lao Army who led U.S.-backed Hmong forces against the communists in the Laotian Civil War, or “Secret War” that paralleled the Vietnam War. After the war, Vang Pao immigrated to the U.S.

    Among the suspects is Harrison Jack, 60, a former California National Guard colonel and U.S. Army Ranger who ran covert operations during the Vietnam War. The others charged are all Hmong-American men, many of them prominent members of Hmong community in California’s Central Valley. They were Lo Cha Thao, 34; Youa True Vang, 60; Hue Vang, 39; Chong Yang Thao, 53; Seng Vue, 68; Chue Lo, 59; and Nhia Kao Vang, 48. An 11th suspect, Dang Vang, 48, was arrested last week and had already pleaded not guilty.

    U.S. authorities arrested Vang Pao and nine others in a sting operation set up by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), in which the defendants met at a Thai restaurant in Sacramento with a man they believed was an arms dealer but was in fact an undercover ATF agent.

    After leaving the restaurant, they examined a truckload of weapons that contained AK-47s, M-16 rifles, C-4 explosives, anti-tank rockets, rocket-propelled grenades and Claymore mines, according to the federal indictment.

    Their plan was, authorities say, to ship the weapons to Thailand, where they would then be smuggled into Laos and used to blow up government buildings in the Laotian capital, Vientiane.

    The court has refused to grant bail to any of the defendants, saying those pose too great a danger and flight risk.

    About 1,000 Hmong people rallied on the Sacramento district courthouse steps, calling for the release of Vang Pao. Waving American flags, signs and posters of Vang Pao, among their chants was “Free Vang Pao! Freedom Now!”

    Another rally by around 1,500 Hmong people was held on the steps the state capital in Sacramento, where demonstrators demanded that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger speak about the case.

    “We want Arnold to come out and say something!” protest leader Vanmong Xiong of Sacramento was quoted as saying by the Sacramento Bee. “Arnold has the power to talk to President Bush, and Bush should dismiss it [the case]!”

    According to Xiong, about 8,500 Hmong refugees from the Secret War are still in Laos, on the run in the mountain jungles, fleeing from the persecution of the communist government that has ruled the country since 1975.

    “Who paid for this?” he thundered. “The taxpayers of the U.S.! We pay Laos to murder our men, women and children in the jungle!”

    Laotian Ambassador to the United States Phiane Philakone, was interviewed by the Sacramento Bee, saying there are no human rights violations against the Hmong in Laos, and he invited reporters to go see for themselves.

    Simply referred to as The General by admirers in the Hmong community, Vang Pao is viewed as a folk hero by Hmong-Americans of his generation.

    In Wisconsin, home to many Hmong war refugees, an elementary school was to be named after Vang Pao. On Monday in Madison, Wisconsin, the school board voted 7-0 to remove Vang Pao’s name from the school, which is under construction.

    Board members apologized to the Hmong community, but said the move was needed to defuse dissension in the community, and that the time was not right to name a school after Vang Pao.

    “We have to make sure that there’s not a lot of controversy surrounding a school that children will attend,” board president Arlene Silveira was quoted as saying by WISC-TV.

    The board had approved the name unanimously earlier this year, but the name had sparked controversy even before Vang Pao’s arrest, with opponents cited allegations of Vang Pao’s involvement in drug trafficking and war crimes during the Secret War.

    Now there is uncertainty about what to name the new school.

    “I think it is painful, but there’s hope that the school board members are thinking about changing its policy and with that discussion we hope that the intention is to work with us again,” Hmong community leader Koua Vang, executive director of United Refugee Services, was quoted as saying by WISC-TV.

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    Object that fell through roof of New Jersey home not a meteorite

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    Object that fell through roof of New Jersey home not a meteorite
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    Saturday, May 12, 2007

    An object that fell through the roof of a New Jersey home in January was not a meteorite, according to Jeremy Delaney, a geologist at Rutgers University. Instead, it appears the object was space junk or orbital debris.

    “Basically, it’s a piece of stainless steel. There’s huge amounts of material that have been left by the various space programs of the world,” said Delaney.

    The meteorite shaped object was not from a naturally occurring substance and had a silver like reflection. It weighed about the same as a small can of soup, 13 ounces (about 370 grams), but was no bigger than a golf ball.

    Earlier during the incident, scientists from Rutgers examined the object visually along with police who were at the scene, and determined it was a meteorite. But further tests by geologists confirmed that it was not a meteorite, but probably a metal piece from a rocket or satellite. They had earlier thought it was made of iron.

    “That’s the nature of science. If the conclusion from the test says it’s not a meteorite, then it’s not a meteorite. We have to move forward,” said Srinivasan Nageswaran, a member of the family that found the object.

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    Church of Scientology warns Wikileaks over documents
    Posted in Uncategorized | August 25th, 2019

    Monday, April 7, 2008

    Wikinews has learned that the Church of Scientology warned the documents-leaking site Wikileaks.org that they are in violation of United States copyright laws after they published several documents related to the Church. Wikileaks has no intention of complying, and states that in response, it intends to publish a thousand pages of additional Scientology materials beginning Monday.

    In the letter to Wikileaks, lawyers for the Church’s Religious Technology Center (RTC), which oversees the use of the their logos, writings and religious content, states that the site “placed RTC’s Advanced Technology works on Wikileaks.org’s website without the authorization” of the Church.

    “I have a good faith belief, and in fact know for certain, that posting copies of these works through your system was not authorized by my client, any agent of my client, or the law. Please be advised that your customer’s action in this regard violates United States copyright law. Accordingly, we ask for your help in removing these works immediately from your service,” states the letter from Ava Paquette of Moxon & Kobrin, which was published by Wikileaks.

    On March 9, 2008, Wikileaks published several documents relating to the Church’s Office of Special Affairs and personal notes gathered by Frank Oliver, a former Scientologist and former member of the Church’s Special Affairs office. On March 26, 2008, Wikileaks published the entire set of the Churches ‘Operating Thetan Level’ documents which included handwritten notes by Scientology’s founder, L. Ron Hubbard.

    Although the letter does not mention specific legal threats, the letter asks that Wikileaks “preserve any and all documents pertaining to this matter and this customer, including, but not limited to, logs, data entry sheets, applications — electronic or otherwise, registration forms, billings statements or invoices, computer print-outs, disks, hard drives, etc.”

    Despite the letter, Wikileaks states it will not comply with the “abusive request” by the Church.

    “Wikileaks will not comply with legally abusive requests from Scientology any more than Wikileaks has complied with similar demands from Swiss banks, Russian off-shore stem cell centers, former African Kleptocrats, or the Pentagon. Wikileaks will remain a place where people of the world may safely expose injustice and corruption,” stated Wikileaks in a release on its website.

    Wikileaks further states that, “in response to the attempted suppression, Wikileaks will release several thousand additional pages of Scientology material next week.”

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    Valuable Tips On Wet Basement Repair In Des Moines Ia

    Posted in Constructions And Maintenance | August 25th, 2019

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    If a home basement is properly kept, it can provide additional space in a home or business. However, if the place is left damp and wet, it can become wasted space. The worst part is that if a wet basement is left unattended to for a long time, it can impact the foundation of the building. So instead of waiting for that small problem to turn into something serious, it is essential that this place is kept clean and free from water at all times. Before you consider wet basement repair Des Moines IA, the following are common basement problems and possibly how to handle them.

    Mustiness

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    Mustiness is also one of the most common problems, and affects quite a number of home basements. In this case, the air in the basement is too humid and feels muggy. This problem is normally caused by condensation of the humid air on the concrete walls. This basement problem can be sorted effectively with the use of a dehumidifier. An air conditioner can also be installed in the basement to help reduce moisture in the air.

    Condensation on the Walls

    This is similar to mustiness, but it comes with a very high level of moisture. Some of the most notable signs of high condensation in your basement include damp walls, mildew and musty smells. This problem can be caused by high level of moisture from an improperly vented dryer. It can also be because of varying temperatures of the basement and the outside air. Nonetheless, this major problem can be effectively eliminated. Let an expert come and insulate the walls and install a vapor barrier.

    Seeping Water

    When it comes to this problem, water is forced to get into the basement from the outside; this can be because of heavy rain. Possible signs of sipping include dampness on the floor and walls. If the problem is not fixed as soon as possible, you will start to see water trickling into the basement. However, employment of oil-based masonry waterproofing can eliminate the problem. Additionally, putting in place proper drainage systems can also deal with the problem cheaply.

    No matter what type of wet basement problem is present, it can be resolved. You can visit the website for more informationon wet basement repair Des Moines IA.

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