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5 Factors You Need to Address before Finishing Your Basement

Aaron Huber 384315 UnsplashAll the dust, cobwebs, and half-filled boxes in your basement are taking up prime real estate inside your home. If you have been searching for extra space in your home, you don’t need to look any further than the basement that you walk through every time you do a load of laundry. You may not think that your basement is that special, but you will change your mind once you see the potential that it has to offer you and your family.

Here are 5 factors that you need to address before finishing your basement:

Inspect and Repair Items before You Refinish Your Basement

Moisture can be an issue in a basement, which is why you will want to test for moisture in the floor and the walls before you begin the refinishing process. You should also test for rot, insect damage, sagging floor joists, and the ventilation.

Check the Headroom

Most building codes state that the ceiling in a basement must be at least seven feet high and if you don’t have that height, you will have a problem. While you could lower your concrete floor, that can be very expensive. Your best option is to move the ducts and pipes to give you a little more headroom.

Add a Sump Pump or Two

If you already have a sump pump in your basement, we recommend installing a second one, in case the first one stops working when you need it. However, if you do not currently have a sump pump in your basement, we urge you to install two, so that any water that enters your basement can be removed before it ruins all your hard work.

Insulate Your Pipes

Insulation sleeves can help keep your pipes warm and prevent condensation from cold water from dripping. It is best to do this prior to refinishing your basement, as you may end up boxing in some of these pipes when you add your ceiling or drywall.

Leave Space around Equipment

You may not think much of placing a wall right next to your hot water tank, until your hot water tank leaks and you need to replace the tank and your drywall. We recommend that you leave room around any equipment in your basement, as it will make it easier to repair or replace those items in the future.

If you follow these five tips, you will have not have any major issues after completing your basement refinishing project. Instead, you can enjoy your new basement and all the space that you have.

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