Remodeling the basement is one of the best ways that one can implement in maximizing the functionality and comfort of their homes. This is very beneficial as it creates easier access for things such as plumbing and any other vital essentials. It also increases the value of your home. However, before carrying out the remodeling project on your basement, you need to make sure that your basement is well prepared for this. This may involve clearing a couple of things and so much more. This article kindly put together by our friends over at Southern Star Basements will cover tips on how to get your basement ready for remodeling.
Get Rid Of both Indoor and Outdoor Moisture
Ensure that the basement is kept completely dry. This can be done by simply opening the windows and turning the heat up to get rid of all the moisture. A fan may also help out a great deal with this. You may go an extra way and install a proper ventilation route for the basement. This will mean placing ducts and vents properly.
You should also ensure that there is no outdoor moisture that is getting into your basement. This may include adding soil outside the walls if there is a slope that may direct water towards the basement walls. Make sure that all the vent seals are properly covered. You may also add exterior tile s for drainage to keep out moisture from getting into the basement area. Check the basements well to see if there are any cracks. If so you should seek a professional to come and patch that up for you.
Remove All Mildew and Moulds
This is a very important step simply because there is a certain type of moulds that can make one to get sick. These are usually a sign of there being too much moisture in the room. When inspecting for these, look out for any patches that are grey, green, black or dirty white on the walls. You should then make sure that this is removed after the moisture has been completely removed from the room. You may use products that kill molds such as solutions of peroxide. You may be able to remove the molds if they are in small patches but if the molds are spread over a very large area then you would need a professional called in to remove it then ensure that the room is kept completely dry with no moisture of any kind, either indoor or outdoor.
It is very important to note that you should never use any shortcuts such as painting over the moulds as it is moisture which means that the molds will grow back up on top of the painting. The best thing is to ensure that the room is kept completely dry with no sort of moisture.
Check the Ceilings
This is to note if there are any signs of discoloration, which would indicate molds, or if there is any indication of the ceiling sagging so that it gets repaired.
Now you know how to prepare your basement for remodeling all that’s left to do is start designing your new basement. We found a great video to help with some design ideas, check it out below.