Basement Improvement Begins With Permanent Waterproofing

Basement improvement can include lots of additional home to your home however beware; basement water leak might put a genuine damper on your hopes if not correctly remedied.

There are two conditions you need to attend to for a dry basement, actual water leakage and condensation. Water leakage is a pretty obvious concern to homeowners but many are uninformed of the problems that high humidity can cause to a finished basement.

Humidity Problems

Because a basement is below ground, it will be naturally cooler than the floors above ground. Everything permeable in your basement will absorb the additional wetness in the air and trigger a nasty smell. Dehumidifiers are appliances which mechanically eliminate the undesirable additional humidity from your basement.

Water Leakage

Without doubt, water leak into the basement must be permanently remedied prior to you begin your renovation project. If a corner of the basement seems to be a particular problem, once again, look outside at your rain gutter downspouts. If water seems to be coming in from a separated location, setting up a sump pump listed below floor level can decrease 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 enable space for more insulation if you can spare the extra space. Never, under any situations, nail furring strips onto the walls. Penetrating the foundation will jeopardize its barrier versus water.

Use building and construction adhesive rather than screws or nails to adhere your bottom wall plate to the flooring. It’s okay to nail the upper wall plates into the upper flooring joists.

Do not glue down your basement carpet. Glued down carpeting produces a real issue later on when trying to eliminate it.

Summary

With some common sense construction techniques, a trusted waterproofing system and humidity control, you can delight in a lot of extra living space by renovating your basement.

Since a basement is below ground, it will be naturally cooler than the floorings above ground. Everything permeable in your basement will soak up the additional moisture in the air and trigger a foul odor. Dehumidifiers are devices which mechanically remove the unwanted extra humidity from your basement. Without doubt, water leakage into the basement must be completely corrected before you start your improvement job. If a corner of the basement seems to be a particular problem, once again, look outside at your rain gutter downspouts.

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