How to Waterproof Your Basement

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.

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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 Water1. 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 Humidity2. 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.

Our SaniDry™ XP Dehumidifier is a high-efficiency, low-maintenance dehumidifier 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.

Consider How Much Space You'd Like3. 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 -- such as our insulated Basement To Beautiful™ insulated basement wall panels. Our waterproof basement flooring is also a great option for laundry rooms and storage areas.

Plan Your Rooms Around Obstacles4. 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.

Choose the Best Finishing Materials5. Choose the Best Finishing Materials

Many basement finishing jobs begin with our crew tearing out inappropriate finishing materials used in an earlier remodeling effort. It’s messy and discouraging to remove moldy carpet, clumped fiberglass, crumbling drywall and rotted wood. That’s why we only install basement finishing materials that won’t attract mold or be damaged by moisture.

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 of the innovative finishing materials we’ve developed specifically for basement conditions. Take some time to check out our insulation, flooring, wall panels, ceiling tiles and other exclusive products –you’ll like them as much as we do!

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.

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  • Our dream became a reality, thanks again!

    “Thank you again to Marshall Exteriors for finishing our basement. We could not be happier.”

    - Sarah C.
  • I would highly recommend this company for any work you need!

    “The communication through out the process with all the departments was easy and a pleasure. They met the deadline they promised us and it looks beautiful!”

    - Valerie R.
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    “What a wonderful experience, Marshall Exteriors lives up to their wonderful reputation. Our home looks beautiful with our new roof and windows.”

    - Sharron P.
  • I would definitely chose Marshall for future projects!

    “Great job! Replaced 7 old leaky single pane windows with new vinyl double pane energy efficient windows and wrapped the exterior in aluminum all done in two days. They were prompt, professional, and the quality of work is great!”

    - Joshua A.
  • I would highly recommend Marshall Exteriors for any home improvement needs.

    “We had our roof replaced by Marshall Exteriors. We are very pleased with the outcome. All of the staff were professional, friendly and a great group to work with. I would highly recommend Marshall Exteriors for any home improvement needs.”

    - Deb T.
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