Basements are most homeowners' favorite renovation projects. This is because of all the possibilities that a renovated basement holds. From being a great play area for children to an adult game room, basements are much more than the dingy storage space they are made out to be. Some people even prefer to turn their basements into apartments and put them up for lease.
Whatever the reason, they can be a good way to add value to your home. But finishing a basement requires a lot of effort and work, not to mention monetary investment. There are certain steps that you need to take to make sure that your basement is in a healthy and pleasant condition, such as the ones below:
1. Checking for water damage.
Basements are notorious for being prone to water damage. Before you start any work, you should do a thorough check to look for signs of water damage. Signs of water damage include damp walls and stains on walls that suggest dripping water. Other signs include cracks forming in the walls and walls sagging or bulging. It is important to check that the electrical lines are not exposed to water damage as this is a hazard. Cover your entire basement in plastic sheets to find out if there is water forming on the outside of the plastic sheet due to condensation. If your basement is damp or humid, you might need to dry it out and dehumidify it.
2. See if there is mold growing.
Water damage, even if it was a one-time incident, can lead to your basement developing mold. Mold can be harmful to your health if inhaled. It can also weaken the foundation of your home, leading to rot and decay. Before you start, check to see if you can spot black mold growing in any corners. Look inside cracks and behind appliances such as heaters, laundry machines, and refrigerators. Also, see if anything smells damp and musty as this usually implied mold growth. If you do happen to find mold growing, make sure to get a mold removal service to come in and treat your basement. You will have to get rid of all the spores.
3. Waterproof your basement.
Since basements are prone to leaks and other issues, it is best not to take any risks and waterproof your basement. This involves a number of steps. It can be a process, depending on how thorough you want it to be. It is best to hire a basement waterproofing specialist who worked in Connecticut before; they must be accustomed to local weather and regulations. A good basement waterproofing specialist are able to help you with soil management, pump installation, and painting.
There are a lot more steps to take before starting a basement renovation. You must look into various zoning laws. You should do an estimate of how much it will cost as well. But once you successfully complete your renovation project, nothing will be more satisfying than enjoying your new room.