3 ways to prepare your man cave for the upcoming football season, thanks to AFS Foundation & Waterproofing Specialists

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In the words of Hank Williams, Jr. ….Are you ready for some football!!!

The big question. Is your Man Cave ready?

Let’s see. Got the big-screen HDTV? Check. The La-Z-Boy sofas and recliners? Check. Is the refrigerator fully stocked? Check.


Now, the most important question: Is there a musty smell in your basement or does it feel like a damp cave?

If the answer is yes, you need to take action and start preparing your Man Cave by following  tips provided to us by our friends in Birmingham, AFS Foundation & Waterproofing Specialists.

Make sure the walls are ready for that framed jersey or team poster

No Man Cave is complete without the framed jerseys and autographed photos from your sports heroes. If your basement walls are bowing, this may be occurring because of water pressure behind the walls known as hydrostatic pressure. AFS can stabilize your bowing & buckling foundation walls!


More importantly, you can hang that Bear Bryant photo or Bo Jackson poster without breaking the frame – but only if you fix the walls and foundation!

Photo of Alabama’s Joe Namath and Paul “Bear” Bryant memorabilia. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

If it Man Cave has Musty Smells, it is NOT normal

Let’s get one thing straight if your Man Cave smells musty or tends to be a little moldy that is not acceptable! You may often hear that a basement smells like a basement. Well, it’s not supposed to smell musty or moldy. That is not normal. That is a sign that something is wrong. A persistently musty smell in your home can also be an indication of mildew. Mildew is a form of fungus that can start growing on damp surfaces within 24 to 48 hours. AFS Foundation & Waterproofing Specialists can diagnose your Man Cave by taking laser measurements, moisture readings, and relative humidity readings. Once identified, they can remedy the problems.

Added bonus. Besides removing the smell, you and your guests will breathe clean air.


Cracks in the Floors and Walls

Having cracks in your floors and on your walls, are not good for your Man Cave. No one likes unsightly structural failures interrupting the big game. You also don’t want to feel like you are going to knock down the house from the commotion of the game-winning touchdown. Look for cracks – on the floors or walls. You may have a foundation problem that will carry over to the offseason.

A team from the state of Alabama has appeared in 9 of the last 10 National Championships

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Bryant -Denny Stadium – Photo by Pat Byington, Bham Now

It is a long football season. Whether it is college football or the NFL, you don’t want to fix your Man Cave problems during the Super Bowl or National Championship game – which I may add has had Alabama or Auburn in the championship game, 9 of the last 10 years.


Aubie can be seen here on a football gameday with Auburn flag in hand, ready to pump up the crowd.

Get a Free Inspection Today!

Prepare your Man Cave for the upcoming football season today. AFS will conduct a free inspection if you suspect any problems with your “cave.”

AFS – A Bayless Company has repaired and waterproofed tens of thousands of homes in the Birmingham area over the past 20 years. Get a free inspection today. Visit their website or give them a call at 877-340-8479 to set up your appointment.

And when you make the call- say Roll Tide, War Eagle or Go Blazers for us.


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Author: Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.