Steps to Remodeling My Basement
Finishing a basement is often a wise and large investment. If you ever sell your home to collect on that investment, a Home Inspector will take infrared photos of your walls. Therefore, it is very important not to put the cart before the horse. Your home should be water (liquid) and water vapor (humidity) proof. I know it is not nearly as exciting as finishing the basement, but it will save you a lot of misery in the end. Take a look at some of these basements that were destined for failure. If your basement looks like one of these, be wise and do it right with Toledo Basement Repair.
“Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.” – Henry Ford
If you are 100% sure you don’t need to worry about waterproofing, then please make your way to www.toledobasement.com for basement remodeling.
If you are not 100% sure, then keep reading 🙂
A quick self-evaluation of your basement and foundation will uncover if you need a professional to look under the hood.
1) Do your downspouts get water away from my home or just dump it 3 ft from your home?
2) Does it smell better upstairs than in the basement? Some people think that is the way it is supposed to be… it is NOT.
3) Do my floors sweat (tape 1 ft sq plastic on the ground and see if it traps water vapor)?
4) If the power goes out, will my basement flood? Your investment should at least have a back up to stop it from flooding if the power goes out.
5) Do you have a safe way to exit if there is a fire in your basement with one exit? (See egress Windows)
6) The obvious question, does it leak? Even once in a while is not good 🙁 ! Hey doctor, I only have a heart attack when I run….no not good.
We all want a wonderful finished basement, but be wise and do it correctly. See below for how a pre-finished waterproofed basement by Toledo Basement Repair will be healthy and useful.
1) Kids don’t need it finished, they love to just play down there.
2) A healthy man cave is all we need. As I write this, I don’t even know what the color of my basement walls are! 🙂
3) Storage boxes without mold on them in 6 months is always a plus!