Basement remodeling adds significant space to a house. Homeowners need to keep certain basement-specific requirements in mind, however. Water is a big challenge in many homes. Humidity and leaks are two common sources of water damage in basements.
Humidity can be difficult to notice, but can cause long-term damage from mold and stagnant wetness in walls and flooring materials. Before we begin a basement remodeling project, we check for humidity. You can check for condensation by hanging a mirror in the basement–if the mirror fogs up after a few hours, condensation is present in the basement. Fans and humidifiers can help to reduce the impact of humidity.
Controlling surface water and waterproofing basements are important parts of any basement remodel. The yard around the foundation should slope downhill away from the house. This will prevent many of the conditions that lead to leaky basements and water damage to the foundation. It’s also possible to coat the interior of the foundation walls with a mix of concrete paint that blends with the masonry of the foundation walls.
Remodeled basements often see heavy foot traffic. If your basement is prone to water leaks, we can use materials that can withstand heavy use as well as excessive water. Tile can be one durable, water-resistant flooring material option.
Talk to our design team today. We can help you determine what water challenges your basement might face and the kinds of things we can do to prevent and minimize the impact of water on your new basement.