Having an unfinished basement is a major annoyance for homeowners. Unfinished basements are more likely to suffer from water damage, pests, and other common basement complications. All of that space below the main level of the home is also just wasted space. You could be enjoying that area as an extension of your living space, but instead, it’s sitting there unfinished. If you’ve decided to finally take the leap and finish your basement, don’t forget to follow these steps first!
Install a Drainage System
Adding a drainage system to your basement before it’s finished is way easier (and cheaper!) than installing one after it’s been finished. A drainage system helps lower the risk of basement flooding and reroute water away from the newly finished space. This is a wise investment even if your basement has never flooded before. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
Seal the Walls
Did you know that concrete actually pulls moisture from the outside? The porous material makes it easy for excess moisture to seep into your basement. If drywall is installed right on top of concrete, that moisture will be trapped and cause mold or mildew to grow on the newly installed wall. Water damage to the walls can be avoided by having a vapor barrier installed on the walls before drywall. Vapor barriers seal out the water and help redirect heat away from the basement’s interior too!
Install a Subfloor
An unfinished basement with concrete floors can have the same issue as the concrete walls. Moisture will come through the surface, damaging your newly installed flooring materials. Installing a subfloor adds a barrier to keep moisture out. The subfloor will also make it easier for the floor of your basement to maintain a comfortable temperature, perfect for lounging in your newly finished space!
Inspect Basement Windows
Do you know how old your basement windows are? If not, you’re not alone! Basement windows are commonly overlooked when it comes to both maintenance and replacement. Take some time to inspect your basement windows. If you see condensation on the glass or cracks in the seal, your windows need to be replaced! You can also feel for a draft around the window seal. If you can feel the outside air inside, the basement windows aren’t doing their job well enough.
If you want to learn more about preparing your basement to be finished, contact B-Dry Boston today! Our team can help you take all of the steps discussed today and more to ensure your finished basement installation goes seamlessly. Schedule a consultation to discuss to details of your specific home to get one step closer to the basement of your dreams!