Waterproofing Your Basement Before Finishing Near Canandaigua, Fairport, Newark, Geneva
Simple Steps to Prepare Your Basement for Finishing
It is important to waterproof your New York basement before any remodeling work is done. The basement remodeling process with Marshall Exteriors, LLC is an easy, enjoyable one that we make sure we do right the first time.
We want to help you maximize the value, comfort, and enjoyment of your home by upgrading your basement into an exciting new living area. At Marshall Exteriors, LLC, we address the issues listed below before starting any basement finishing project.
Call us today for a free estimate in Geneva, Fairport, Newark, Canandaigua or areas nearby.
Five Steps to Take Before Starting Your Basement Finishing Project
Finishing a basement properly requires a dry, clean space and long-lasting, top-quality materials. A little planning and preparation beforehand can save you a bundle of money (and big headaches) several years down the road.
1. Address All Sources of Standing Water
If your basement is flooding, your first step is to solve this water problem.
Make sure gutters & downspouts are working properly, and that the ground slopes away from your foundation to avoid water accumulation against basement walls.
Install a waterproofing system in your basement. A full perimeter drainage system with a sump pump that has battery backup will provide the best dry basement insurance –even during a power outage.
2. Control Basement Humidity
Even in a “dry” basement, high humidity can cause mold & moisture problems because of outside air leaking into the basement, clothes washing & drying, and soil moisture that permeates through the foundation floor & walls.
Installing a basement dehumidifier is an excellent way to keep humidity levels low (50% or less) so that mold is unlikely to take hold. But don’t expect a light-duty, room-size dehumidifier to work effectively in your basement.
A high-efficiency dehumidifier is low-maintenance and designed specifically for the basement environment. This ENERGY STAR® model not only allows you to dial in your target humidity level; it also has a multi-stage air filter to trap mold spores, dust mites and other indoor air pollutants.
3. Consider How Much Space You'd Like
Most homeowners will not plan on finishing the entire basement. Instead, a portion of the basement will usually be set aside as a utility area, where your water heater, furnace, and other utilities will be located.
Many homeowners will also designate an additional section of their basement to serve as a laundry room and/or storage area.
If you'd like to upgrade the appearance of these spaces without actually finishing them, we have products that can do that for you too.
4. Plan Your Rooms Around Obstacles
Basements are unique spaces that provide remodelers with challenges that aren't found anywhere else.
When remodeling your basement, your experts will have to consider challenges such as limited ceiling height, staircase locations, and where your utilities are placed in the basement.
Windows are also a unique challenge for remodelers -- as you won't want a wall built in a way that it intersects with a window location.
In the case of basement bedrooms, these windows may need to be developed for egress access (an emergency exit) to meet local and state building codes.
5. Choose the Right Contractor
Do it once. Do it right. Avoid the expense and mess of doing it over. That’s a motto we use in all our basement remodeling projects. We can fulfill this promise because we take the time needed to finish the project correctly, the first time!
We Can Transform Your Basement Into a Finished Space!
It costs you nothing to meet with a specialist for a basement finishing quote! Each free quote includes an on-site inspection and measurement, a professional consultation where we answer any questions you may have. We proudly serve Fairport, Canandaigua, Geneva, Newark, nearby Victor, Ontario, Seneca Falls, Waterloo, Farmington, Macedon, and many other parts of New York.
Our dream became a reality, thanks again!- Sarah C.
I would highly recommend this company for any work you need!- Valerie R.
What a wonderful experience, Marshall Exteriors lives up to their wonderful reputation.- Sharron P.
I would definitely chose Marshall for future projects!- Joshua A.
I would highly recommend Marshall Exteriors for any home improvement needs.- Deb T.