A basement is often the most neglected part of a house. This dark, damp and dingy place serves no other purpose in many households other than storage place for old, broken things that your family has grown tired of, but not ready to let go of, just yet. But what many homeowners don’t realize is that their basement offers a great opportunity for home expansion!
Your basement can be cleaned, repaired, remodeled and converted into a bar, a library, a mini-theater, a family room, a computer room, etc. The possibilities are truly limitless! 😉
Once you decide to turn your basement into a cozy livable space, the hard part is figuring out how to plan for, prepare, and start the actual basement refinishing and renovation process. Basements of most homes are dark spaces with awkward layouts, water seepage problems, lack of ventilation, electricity, plumbing, metal beams and many other obstacles that make the idea of finishing a basement seem like a daunting task. The reality is that with careful planning and a little bit of creativity, you can turn your basement into a comfortable space that will meet your family’s needs.
Our basement waterproofing guide will help you get started and walk you through the important things you need to consider and do to successfully finish your basement.
Waterproof Your Space
Water leaks and moisture are serious problems that affect all basements. There are many causes of leaks such as basement’s proximity to the ground, poor landscaping, drainage issues, porous concrete walls that constantly absorb moisture, plumbing leaks, etc. This means that before you start investing time and money into finishing the basement, you must fix any existing water seepage issues. The water-proofing system needs to cover the basement’s entire perimeter, including the exterior. Skipping this critical step can lead down the road to disaster where your beautifully finished basement could simply be damaged by moisture, rot, mold, and mildew. Needless to say, you will want to take any reasonable, precautionary measures to avoid this.