Have you recently been thinking about creating a finished basement in your house? Whether you saw something you liked at a friend’s house, saw an amazing transformation on HGTV or were inspired by Pinterest posts on house renovation, before you start working on a brand new basement, be sure that you are preparing for it in the correct and healthy way.
A dry basement is a happy basement.
Is there any mold, even the smallest bit? Are the walls and floors in your basement dry? Are there any types of visible water issues? Check every inch of the walls and floors. Don’t forget to go outside and check, to be on the look out for rainwater flowing inside. If you do see anything, Perfect Basement will complete a full inspection of your basement, as well as an exterior inspection, and best of all the inspection is FREE!
Repair ANY and ALL cracks you see.
In order to prevent future mold, water, decay, or possible damage from the construction and the future safety of your new basement, all cracks must be attended to. If every spot is sealed and strong, you can ensure nothing unhealthy will be filling the cracks later on. We can repair and remediate any structural crack, waterproofing and mold issues, as well as make recommendations for dehumidification and air quality options, call 888-665-3259 or contact us online.
Know the foundation of the basement.
As you start to get more ideas in your head about how you want your new room to look, keep in mind that it’s all going on top of what you’re looking at now. If there’s a wooden step that looks a little weak, it’s not going to change after there’s carpet over it. Or that loose wire that an animal was gnawing at? It won’t fix itself after it’s behind a new wall.
Make sure your township is aware of the construction.
Whether you’re doing a complete transformation of your basement or just a few new adjustments, it’s important to make sure that your town knows about the construction. For bigger projects, you may be required to have a permit, especially if you’re doing any new plumbing or electrical work. This will prevent possible fines and correct inspections for safety.
The more you know, the better the basement will be.
Your basement is the foundation. Your entire house is built on top of it. If you are unsure or leery of making any changes to the structure, electric, plumbing – ANYTHING – make sure you know everything about it before starting.
A dropped or suspended ceiling works the best.
A new ceiling that has space away from the old one offers a great way to give you access to the electric, conceal the older ceiling, and with removable tiles, provides easy reach to any plumbing.
Talk to an electrician to light up your room.
There are dozens of different bulbs, switches, lamps, faders and options for you to install. Depending on what you will be using the space for, an electrician will help you figure out the right kind of light specifically for your needs.
Bring the heat in.
To prevent your new basement from having a “cold” feel, installing heating vents on the floor can be added to your existing HVAC system. Cold air tends to sink, so beat the chill by installing extra heat.
After you’ve completed all of these things, you’re on your way to having a beautiful new addition to your home!
If you live in the Atlantic County area and want to get your basement ready for your dream room, call us at 888.665.3259.