Basement Improvement Begins With Permanent Waterproofing

Basement improvement can add great deals of additional living space to your home but beware; basement water leakage might put a genuine damper on your hopes if not effectively corrected.

There are two conditions you must deal with for a dry basement, real water leakage and condensation. Water leak is a pretty obvious concern to property owners but numerous are unaware of the issues that high humidity can cause to a finished basement.

Humidity Problems

Since a basement is below ground, it will be naturally cooler than the floorings above ground. Everything permeable in your basement will take in the additional wetness in the air and trigger a foul odor. Dehumidifiers are devices which mechanically get rid of the unwanted extra humidity from your basement.

Water Leakage

Without doubt, water leakage into the basement need to be permanently remedied before you start your remodeling project. If a corner of the basement seems to be a specific issue, again, look outside at your rain gutter downspouts. If water seems to be coming in from an isolated area, setting up a sump pump below floor level can lower the water table and underground hydrostatic pressure in that location.

Basement Remodeling Begins

I like studding the walls out with 2X4s. 2X6s are even better because they allow room for more insulation if you can spare the additional area. Never, under any situations, nail furring strips onto the walls. Penetrating the foundation will jeopardize its barrier versus water.

Use construction adhesive instead of nails or screws to adhere your bottom wall plate to the flooring. It’s ok to nail the upper wall plates into the upper floor joists.

Do not glue down your basement carpet. Glued down carpets develops a genuine issue later on when trying to remove it.

Summary

With some good sense building and construction methods, a trusted waterproofing system and humidity control, you can take pleasure in a lot of additional home by redesigning your basement.

Since a basement is listed below ground, it will be naturally cooler than the floors above ground. Everything porous in your basement will take in the additional moisture in the air and cause a nasty odor. Dehumidifiers are appliances which mechanically eliminate the unwanted additional humidity from your basement. Without doubt, water leakage into the basement must be permanently remedied prior to you begin your renovation project. If a corner of the basement appears to be a particular problem, once again, look outside at your rain gutter downspouts.

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