Thinking about Refinishing Your Basement? Protect it from Water Damage, first!
Tip 1: Check for Moisture
Before you do any kind of finished work on a basement, make sure there won't be any water issues that could cause damage. Go outside and inspect the exterior walls for moisture problems. Make sure the ground is sloped away from the foundation walls. Check the downspouts, if they're clogged, this could be creating and bringing moisture into the basement.
Tip 2: Structure Code
Once you have a design plan and you've checked for moisture, find out whether you need to get a permit for the proposed renovation. Also, make sure that everything pertaining to electrical work is done to code.
Tip 3: Protect against Moisture
Install furring strips on the wall so you'll have a 1/2-inch of space between the interior wall and the moisture on the outside wall.
Tip 4: Keep Moisture Out
Polyurethane sheeting is great for keeping moisture from seeping in. Consider insulation that's completely enclosed in a vapor barrier. It is easy to work with since you don't have to deal with itchy insulation fibers.
Tip 5: Furnace area and Laundry Rooms
Leave the boiler room/furnace area and the laundry room unfinished to save money. Generally there should be at least two feet of space all the way around the unit. This also will help prevent costly damages.
Did you Know? Water damage accounts for nearly a quarter of all U.S. homeowner's insurance claims. The Insurance Information Institute also reports the average cost of a water damage claim as almost $7,000. See our water damage FAQs for more information; and find out the best practices to prevent water damage in your home.
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