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Finished Basement Waterproofing Cheat Sheet

Basement Waterproofing Cheat Sheet

Are you thinking of finishing your basement? Finished basements provide increased floor space for the home. Finishing your basement will also increase the value of your home. You have nothing to lose.

Before you begin tearing down walls and putting up wall paper, it’s important to consider the state of your foundation. It takes thousands of dollars to finish a basement. No one would like to see their investment ruined by water.

The following is a simple cheat sheet for basement waterproofing when planning to finish your basement:

  • Property inspection

The first thing to do is to inspect the property inside and out. Moisture problems are caused by various factors including blocked gutters, poor grading of the surrounding landscape, poorly constructed downspouts, cracks in walls and many others.

Identify any issues that may cause or worsen a water seepage problem and address them. You may need to contact a professional basement waterproofing contractor to help you identify potential dangers to your basement.

  • Invest in a reliable sump pump

Keeping your basement dry for the long term should be your top priority. It therefore makes sense to invest in a reliable sump pump. This will ensure any excess water is removed from the basement before it can wreak havoc.

Be sure to invest in a battery operated back up system. This will keep water out even when the power goes out or if the primary sump pump fails for any reason.

  • Invest in professional basement waterproofing services

If you want long term results, you should invest in a proven system that is installed by professionals. A professional team will seal cracks, clean gutters and advise you on other issues they may identify before installing the waterproofing system. This will ensure the best results for the long term.

When it comes to waterproofing a space that you intend to finish, you would be well advised to take a few extra precautions. This may include using an extra layer to keep water out or investing in water vapor barriers with high energy ratings. Going the extra mile may make a big difference between a usable and comfortable basement and a damp dark basement.

  • Consider upgrading the window wells

Window wells are important for allowing light into the basement. You should therefore take full advantage of them. If your window wells are covered with corrugated metal sheets, consider investing in fiber glass windows.

When it comes to waterproofing a basement you intend to finish, it is always worth it to go the extra mile. Contact us today for more information!