The basement of your home can be made into ideal living space, or even an area to relax in for part of the day, but only if you approach it in the right way. Basements are naturally damp, and they will suffer from issues with moisture over time if you aren’t careful. That’s why it’s so important to focus on moisture proofing when having your basement finished. If you don’t you could end up with problems like mould later on. Make sure that you are valuing moisture proofing efforts properly and that all the important steps are being taken, and you shouldn’t have too much trouble with your basement after that.
It’s always a good idea to apply a concrete sealer to the concrete floors throughout your basement, but often that alone isn’t enough to keep your space moisture free. It’s important to have a moisture-resistant flooring solution put into your basement as well. Something like glue-down vinyl works really well in a basement. Also ceramic tiles do pretty well in a basement environment. It’s important that the solution you have added is designed to stand up to moisture over time. You should also have a vapour barrier installed under your floors such as plastic sheeting. This helps prevent any seepage from the concrete from reaching your flooring and causing problems with it over time. It’s vital that you take the time to properly seal up your floors and make sure they are protected from moisture over time in your basement.
The walls of your basement also need to be able to stand up to moisture, at least the exterior ones. Any walls that will be coming up against the concrete of your basement must be designed to hold up to damp conditions well. There are special wall panels designed just for basement use, but you don[t necessarily have to use them. You can rely on these waterproof panels, or you can go with something traditional like drywall and wooden studs, you just need to make sure you take the time to carefully apply a vapour barrier before the wood is installed. It’s also best to go with an insulator like foam board that won’t be damaged by water contact. Fiberglass insulation is a poor option for such an environment.
Consider a Dehumidifier
In some basements a bit of condensation is normal and higher humidity levels are common as well. These issues aren’t serious, but they can lead to uncomfortable conditions in the space, and even some light mould issues in the future. That’s where a dehumidifier comes into play. A good quality dehumidifier attached to a drain system in your home can keep your basement from becoming too damp over time. It will remove excess moisture in the air of your space and keep everything comfortable and mold free over time.
Think long and hard about moisture issues when finishing off your basement and you’re less likely to run into problems later on. Just make sure you have professional help to finish off your basement properly.