Although you may instinctively neglect the basement as a potential living area, after a little planning, preparation, and transformation, your dark and damp basement can be an invaluable extension in your home. Whether you decide to utilize the storage space or as a new liveable space– likelihood is, your basement is under-used.
By simply finishing your basement, you are not only adding valuable livable space to your house, but you are also contributing to both you and your family’s standard of living.
Before you set about to take into account what will you make use of the basement for, it needs to be properly finished, ensuring the walls and floors are properly sealed against moisture. In doing so, you’ll be counteracting potential water damage, rather than just covering it down.
Sealing the Wall and Floor
Consider installing a dual wall system to seal the walls from underground water while providing the space with insulation. This system will not likely supply a vapor barrier, but after a while, it can save you approximately 97% in the heat that would preferably be lost from the unfinished walls.
Once the walls are already well protected, it’s about time to start protecting the floors. This might be achieved by utilizing protective, waterproof matting beneath the carpeting. This will help keep moisture out, and other difficulties out in the concrete-thus preventing it from making its way through to carpeting.
Once these measures are taken, you need to ensure your basement has a good dehumidifier and air conditioning system. When moisture starts to accumulate, your basement may turn to become overwhelmed with foul odors and smells. But a dehumidifier may help eliminate the moisture in the air, even though the new ac unit will help maintain the space cool.