Finishing Your Basement? Check these things first

Friday, September 14th, 2018 by Danielle Jauregui


Before tackling the big project of refinishing your basement, there are a few things you should have inspected. The worst thing you can do is put time and money into finishing the basement only to have that investment ruined due to a failing foundation or water damage.

Sump pumps

Imagine working on your basement for months. It is finally exactly the way you imagined it to look, all the hard work has paid off. Then, it rains. If you do not have a proper sump pump installed, you are putting that investment at risk of destruction. The best thing you can do to protect your new finished basement is to have a sump pump installed as well as have a battery backup in case of a power outage. Have a specialist inspect your sump pump and water passages prior to remodeling the garden level of your home.

Mold

Mold Spore

If you have a verified mold problem, don’t ignore it. Make sure that you have someone test your basement before you put up any drywall. If needed, install a moisture control system so you don’t foster an environment for future mold problems to occur.

Foundation walls

Bowing walls

If you notice any cracks or bowing in your basement walls, it is important to repair the issues prior to starting a remodel project. The cracks will get worse over time and covering them up with drywall does not help the problem. As the foundation continues to settle, the value and safety of the home will depreciate. Make sure to have a trained professional inspect the home when dealing with structural issues.

Waterproof flooring

Waterproof flooring

Typical basement floors are hard, cold concrete. Since concrete is porous, ground moisture continually makes its way through, contributing to the humidity in your basement. When traditional flooring materials like organic carpeting, chipboard, and wood are placed on a concrete basement floor, moisture collects between the flooring and the concrete floor. At Rod Martin's Complete Basement Systems, our basement flooring options are all made specifically for concrete basement floors. When installed in your home, our flooring options will never rot, decay or support mold growth. Be sure to consider options like these when remodeling your basement.

Window wells

Window well and cover

The purpose of basement windows is to add appeal to your space by bringing in natural sunlight. If those windows are rusted, covered in debris, or doing little more than affording a view of an old, rusty window well, then they're not doing their job. The window is also one of the main points of entry for unwanted water in the basement. Before you begin a major remodel, make sure that you have window wells and window well covers that will keep water away from the window.

Crawl space

CleanSpace crawl space

If your home has a crawl space, taking care of that area of the basement benefits the usability and value of the home. Foundation experts do not recommend digging out the crawl space to create a full basement as that can cause future issues to the home’s structure. Instead, you can encapsulate your crawl space. By encapsulating a crawl space, you ensure the space is a waterproof, energy efficient, critter-free environment to store your personal belongings.

Secure your investment before you dive into a project as important as the value of your home. Our mission at Rod Martin’s CBS is to provide our customers with permanent solutions to repair their home. Call today to schedule an appointment to receive your FREE in-home consultation and estimate!