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5 Things You Need to Do Before Finishing a Basement

Learn about various steps area contractors could take to completely waterproof your basement before you finish and remodel it.

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Building a basement is a huge project and it is necessary to ensure that all the important steps have been taken so your investment is protected from flooding and any other issues with humidity. If you live in a one-story home, your basement represents almost half of your usable space. Therefore, you shouldn’t cut corners and finish the basement without ensuring that your investment is protected. 

A lot of homeowners use their basements not just for storage but as a second living room, sleeping area, or a gym. Since the outer walls are already pre-constructed and many pipes and utility lines are in place, it doesn’t take many changes to turn this area into a new living area in your house. However, this doesn’t mean that finishing your basement is an easy DIY project. Due to seasonal temperature and soil changes, you need to properly insulate the basement to make it functional. 

If you wish to transform your basement into a living area, contact expert contractors in Nashville, TN, and make the most of your investment. Keep in mind that once the basement is finished it is much more expensive to waterproof it, so install everything now, and later on, you will be at ease. Here are several steps contractors could complete in order to ensure that your basement is fully protected from flooding. 

installing basement drainage

Installing an Interior Drainage System 

If a proper drainage system is not in place, you could end up dealing with multiple problems in the near future. After the first big storm, the flooding groundwater will damage your drywall, insulation, and other products you used to finish the basement. To fix the damage, you will need to cut away the damp wall, fiberglass, and studs so that a drainage system can be installed. Although after the contractor has repaired everything, your basement will look as good as new, it is a much better option to install the interior drainage system while the basement is still not finished. 

Installing a Sump Pump 

Water collected from the interior drainage system needs somewhere to go. Plus, in case there are heavy rains or some of the pipes in your home burst, with a sump pump, you will be able to easily discharge large volumes of water from your basement. If you are worried that the rain that has caused the flooding will also cut the power off, there is an easy fix. Just invest in a battery-backup sump pump and your pump will work even when the power is out. 

Sealing the Basement Walls 

Concrete basement walls are not impermeable, and they will let moisture in in the form of water vapor. This moisture can slowly build up and lead to mold, mildew, and other issues. You could avert this issue by covering your walls with a vapor barrier system that will protect your basement from moisture and make your finished space more comfortable. 

Installing a Dehumidifier System 

To feel completely comfortable in your new basement living area, you need to keep it dry and moisture-free. Not only can a good dehumidifier keep the mold, mildew, and rot under control, but it can also lower your heating and cooling costs. Unfortunately, even with an amazing waterproofing system, your basement could develop moisture. This is why you should consider investing in a dehumidifier as well. After all, your basement walls and floors are constantly absorbing the moisture that is in the ground that surrounds them. 

Although you can find a dehumidifier in regular stores, they are not strong enough to get the job done. With a dehumidifier and its powerful blowing motor, you can spend as much time in your basement as you want without worrying about a thing. The way this dehumidifier works is rather simple. Its motor circulates dry air through the space, effectively drying out your basement. Depending on your wants and needs, the collected water can go into a sump pump pit, your perimeter drain, or through a condensate pump. 

Re-Grading the Soil 

After heavy rain, there will be a ton of water in the soils around your basement. To ensure that the water doesn’t pool around the perimeter of your house or, even worse, gets directed toward your basement, you need to make sure the soil is properly graded. The water should be pitched away from the foundation, so make sure your soil is positively graded before you announce that your project is complete. 

If you wish to turn your basement into a new living space, call expert contractors in the Nashville, TN, area and ensure that your basement is properly waterproofed. With AFS Foundation & Waterproofing Specialists you can receive a free estimate and find out exactly what to expect from your remodeling project.

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