Here are some tips you should be aware of when finishing off your basement.
If you are insulating your basement walls, you should consider using rigid foam insulation on the wall. Never use rolled fiberglass insulation in your basement walls, as this will cause condensation, saturation of the insulation, and of course, mold and discoloration to your dry wall. Basement walls below grade average a temperature of 56°F and most of your heat loss from your home is not through basement walls, but rather through windows, doors and attic areas in the upper level. Often times your dry wall is adequate enough for insulation and if you do need more, a rigid foam board is your best bet to insulate your walls. Remember, too much insulation can allow frost to creep toward your wall; a warm wall will keep the frost at bay 10-12 inches away from your foundation.
Drywall companies recommend the Green Board type dry wall for sub-grade construction, as it will not absorb moisture and is inert. We suggest at least the lower 4 feet be the Green Board. Pressure-treated studding on the lower end of the wall should be also considered construction.
For sub-flooring, we offer a dimpled plastic available in 8’ x 64’ foot rolls. This plastic can be laid across your entire basement floor and integrated into your hydrostatic pressure relief system and interior floor system. It is the diameter of a Bic pen and offers zero deflection when walked upon and will support up to 4 inches of concrete, offering you complete drainage, as well as a barrier for condensation. If you have a concrete floor that is old and full of cracks, our plastic sub-flooring is a wise and cheaper alternative to a wood sub-floor, with benefits reaching far beyond conventional wisdom.
To protect your living space, be sure also to check your grade and be sure that all water coming off your roof will flow away from your home. This is your first line of defense for water landing on top of your ground. A couple hundred dollars worth of dirt will go a long way to protecting your foundation and its contents. When the gutters fail or overflow, then you need an adequate grade in the end anyway. So there is where you would start with interior basement renovation.
For Humidity control, once again, our Humidex products work great for venting your basement of excess humidity. For mold prevention, install some high lumen LED lights than can be left on, certainly from the months of June through September where dew points and humidity levels are at their highest peaks. Simply put, mold needs humidity and darkness to facilitate growth and high lumen LEDs are a great way to add a lot of light for about 10 watts a bulb.
Should you, our valued customer, ever have any concerns prior to construction in your basement, Basement Waterproofing Inc. would be happy come to your home and do a walk around with you, so you can protect your future investment. Thank you once again for your patronage to our company.