How Do I Start My CT Basement Remodel?
By fiderioandsons May 27, 2015
If you have been thinking about doing CT basement remodeling there are a few things that should be done first. Being underground, a basement experiences many problems that need to be addressed before remodeling.
Leaks and Flooding
CT Basements frequently flood with water and draw moisture from the soil that is outside of your homes foundation. If you intend to finish your basement, any problems with flooding or moisture need to be addressed first. If neglected, your finished basement can experience many problems and you can end up spending a lot of money on repairs. Search around you basement, especially in corners, for cracks and holes that water could leak through. Also if you have open plumbing pipes fill them in unless you intend to install a bathroom. While your basement is being remodeled, keep an eye on those areas for any potential issues that may pop up in the future.
Your basement is one of the least insulated parts of your house because it is not normally a space used for anything but storage. But if you intend to finish your basement you need to insulate many parts of your basement to help make it comfortable. You can use drainage mats to help insulate your floors along with prevent them from being damaged by moisture and minor flooding.These drainage mats will help cushion the floor along with preventing it from becoming cold to the touch. By using stiff foam insulation you can insulate between the ceiling joists that help with energy efficiency. This stiff foam can be measured and cut to fit perfectly between ceiling joists to help prevent any leaks. Finally you can insulate your walls with fiberglass insulation to ensure that your basement is comfortable the stay in.
Since your basements ceiling is a pathway for the majority of wiring and plumbing going through your house having access to this is important. By installing a tile ceiling you can help improve the look of your basement without sacrificing too much money or access to your ceiling. Also tile celings can easily be changed if a leak springs in your house rather then having to replace drywall. Finally tile celings help stop sound transfer to the upstairs so you dont have to listen to the slumber party shenanigans downstairs.
Vinyl flooring is inexpensive, attractive, easy to install, and virtually indestructible. Having vinyl floors is ideal for a basement because they won’t be damaged by water like carpets, or is uncomfortably cold like tile. This will give you a great look to your finished basement along with protecting you from expensive repairs.
Throughout the year your basement holds a lot of moisture, which can develop mold and mildew around your possessions and rooms. The best way to remove this moisture from your basement is to run a dehumidifier. This draws excessive moisture from the air preventing mold and mildew from forming.
Finishing your basement adds space and value to your home. By addressing a few potential problems you can make your CT basement remodel successful and enjoyable.