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Why You Should Waterproof Before Your Basement Finishing

Why You Should Waterproof Before Your Basement Finishing

Why You Should Waterproof Before Your Basement Finishing

Basement finishing is an excellent way to add on a new living area to your house. It’s much cheaper than doing further construction on your house, and it provides a cozy, homey room for any activity you want. The only problem is that the basement is the mustiest, murkiest, most moisture-ridden part of the house.

It’s important to waterproof before your basement refinishing.

Without waterproofing, there are a number of problems that could make this new added-on living area not so livable.

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Flooding From Rainwater

A heavy storm and the flooding that follows can ruin any plans you have for turning your basement into a living space. Without proper waterproofing, a sudden flood can ruin carets, furniture and anything else down there.

Groundwater Seepage

Another reason why basements get so musty is that water seeps through walls and flooring. This is something that may not be visible at all. Good waterproofing installs a barrier between the inside of your basement and the outside world.

Excess Humidity

Basements tend to get humid with moisture in the form of water and vapor, and this raises the overall humidity level of the house. Using a dehumidifier helps, but a more effective way is to properly seal your basement.

Mold Infestations

The biggest risk from floods, water seepage and excess humidity is mold. Mold infestations love to grow in basements, and their spores can easily spread all over the house. A wide range of health problems are known to be caused by mold, so it’s essential for you and your family’s health to get your basement waterproofed.

Basement Waterproofing Tips

You’ve got several basement waterproofing options, but there are a few things you need to do before you get started. First of all, check for leaks and cracks, and get them sealed first. This requires a careful inspection of all walls and flooring. Next, make sure you don’t already have mold growing in the basement. If you do, get it remediated immediately before your basement finishing starts.

One great waterproofing idea is to install a perimeter drainage system. These are pipes that go around the foundation, and they lead water away from the house. This system is what’s known as a “French drain” and it’s highly effective. You also might want to consider installing a sump pump in case of emergencies. Another option is a vapor barrier, which is a polyethylene sheet that is installed between your walls and the ground outside.

Once you’ve got your waterproofing in place, THEN do your basement finishing. This way, you can rest assured knowing that you’ve done your best to keep moisture and humidity out of the basement, and then you can really enjoy this addition to your house.