Moisture Elimination Tips to Consider Before Finishing Your Basement

Finishing your home's basement is a way to expand your living space with the addition of extra bedrooms, a living space, and even a bathroom. Before you begin work to finish your basement you may want to consider any moisture problems that exist and remedy them appropriately. Here are some tips to help you do this.

Check for Basement Moisture Problems

Before you finish your basement space, you should check for and take care of any moisture issues. Basements are prone to moisture, whether it may be from excess ground moisture seeping through the concrete walls and floor slab, or a high water table that causes water to trickle into your basement space. If you have noticed any groundwater trickling into your basement space from the corners and walls, especially after a wet season, you will need to treat your basement for moisture, first.

If you have never noticed any visible moisture in your basement but know that the space feels damp, it is important to complete a test to be certain. Tape a section of aluminum foil onto your basement wall and leave it for a full day and night. Check the back of the foil after the period of time has elapsed. If the foil contains moisture droplets on the side facing the wall, you have a damp basement and should treat it appropriately.

Treat for Moisture

When you have a damp basement, there are many methods to stop the problem. You may need to install a sump pump and drainage system around the perimeter of your basement to collect and divert water outside of the space. You can also install a vapor barrier behind your drywall to protect the finished materials. Installing and using a dehumidifier in the space will help pull any additional moisture from the air and help reduce mold and mildew problems.

Talk to a basement moisture professional about their recommended services to keep your basement dry. They can recommend the best system for your situation.

Choose an Appropriate Flooring

The flooring you choose for your basement is an important aspect to finishing the space, as you want to choose materials that will be moisture resistant. Although you do all you can to make the space moisture-free, because your basement is the lowest floor in your home, it will collect any water leakage and be the natural destination of any free-flowing water.

You can choose from moisture-resistant materials, such as tile, stone, rubber, and you can even have the look of hardwood flooring with moisture resistant laminate and engineered wood. Just be sure they are treated with a moisture-resistant coating or backing. You can also install a water-resistant subfloor beneath your flooring option. This subfloor consists of interlocking plastic tiles that are raised from the concrete floor with a grid to keep the flooring installed upon it free from any moisture.

For more information, contact a company like Winston Brown Remodeling.

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