Before You Finish Your Basement
We at Constructions Solutions 911, are experts in waterproofing and finishing basements. Here are a few tips to consider before you finish your basement.
Before you finish your basement, keep in mind the following tips, and you can ensure that your new addition becomes the most popular room in your home.
Even if it’s currently cold concrete and crammed with boxes of off-season duds, the lowest floor of your home probably has loads of potential. Treat it just as you would any of the rooms aboveground, and it might just become the most popular spot in the house—for a lot less cash than adding on. Here’s our advice on things to be mindful of before you finish your basement.
a) Put the main socializing area in a spot that gets the best natural light, to draw people in.
b) Bedrooms need a window for egress, so they’ll need to be located at the perimeter. Remember that our services include egress window and door installation.
c) The TV-viewing zone can be in a darker spot, to reduce glare and create a home-theater feel.
d) Store snacks and beverages in an area you can access without crossing in front of the TV. You don’t want to get in the way of those crazy sport fans!
Make sure that you:
- Test for moisture by taping 2-foot squares of plastic sheeting to the floor and walls. Wait a couple of weeks. If condensation forms underneath, your foundation’s not sealed. If droplets form on top, your basement needs dehumidifying. We at basements solutions 911 can assist with this.
- Use an awl to probe for rot and insect damage in floor joists, rim and header joists, the sill plate, and wood-framed windows.
- Check floor joists for sagging by climbing a ladder until you’re nearly eye level with the underside of the joists. Look across them (perpendicular to their direction) to see if any are out of line.
- Have a pro check fuel-burning equipment and your house’s ventilation system to ensure that you won’t have carbon monoxide buildup below grade.
- Make sure you have enough headroom. Many codes call for 7 to 7½ feet of clearance. If you don’t have that height, we can dig out and lower the concrete floor. Dig outs is one of the many services basements solutions 911 offers.
- Get a sump pump with a back up. It’s best to have both a battery backup for your main pump, in case of a power outage, and a second pump, in case the first one gives out.
- Insulate any pipes before covering them. While they’re exposed, slip foam insulation sleeves over hot-water pipes to prevent heat loss and over cold-water ones to prevent condensation from dripping on the inside of the drywall or ceiling.
Following these easy steps will ensure that your new finished basement is a success and it provides you with years of entertainment