Basement Remodeling/Remodeled? This Is for You

Your basement is built with a durable concrete floor and a strong and sturdy wall. Hopefully. If you knew what pressures there were behind those walls or under that floor, you could be very surprised. Some people I have spoken to say things like “I’ve lived here 22 years and never got a drop, so I finished my basement.” It is unreasonable to assume that it will be permanently impermeable to water seepage or even flooding. Water has all the time in the world to find it’s way into your home. You probably don’t have all the money in the world to fix it when it does, so let’s plan ahead. Precision Basement Remodeling of Columbus

Basement remodeling has become incredibly popular over the past 20 years. Some basement are so lavishly finished, they rival the craftsmanship and even the warmth of the main floors. It used to be a great place for seasonal storage and maybe a ping pong table. When they become used for things like workstations, bedrooms, play areas for the kids, they become a very integral part of the home with a lot of time spent there. Precision Basement Remodeling of Columbus

It’s reasonable to assume that you can spend between $15,000 and $30,000 fairly easily. An average sized waterproofing system costs between $4,000 and $7,000. It’s a small price to pay for peace of mind. Our estimates are always free, so why guess? Precision Basement Remodeling of Columbus

If you find yourself in the all-too-popular scenario of needing to have a waterproofing system installed after you remodel, you face a new line of costs. Now you can expect to pay for the fundamental work of installing the system and the cost of initial remodeling. But now you are saddled with the cost of removing the finished walls and flooring to have the waterproofing system installed. Additionally, you will have to pay for the reconstruction of the finished areas. Not to mention the loss of personal items, furniture, electronics, etc since flooding and seepage can be widespread. Precision Basement Remodeling of Columbus

The removal of walls and flooring, etc. after a flood or even minor water damage should never be an option or a tough choice. If there has been contact between water and anything that sustains damage, it should be removed. Water damaged drywall will not dry properly in a basement environment to entertain leaving it in place. Likewise, wood framing and trim should be removed as it rots and can also grow mold.. This will not only allow access to have a system installed but remove any possible breeding ground for mold. So, bottom line, don’t try to save a wet wall. Precision Basement Remodeling of Columbus

Let’s assume that you do finish a basement without waterproofing it first. Maybe a few months or years go by and a small leak occurs once or a few times. But it’s small and behind a nicely painted piece of drywall. You can’t see it. It’s not huge, but it’s there. Wood starts rotting little by little making it welcoming to insects. And of course mold takes off. It doesn’t need a lot. Precision Basement Remodeling of Columbus

Just a moist environment (check), low or nil sunlight (check), stagnant air (check) and an organic surface to grow on (check). Before you know it, a few years go by. With this beautiful basement, who wouldn’t spend as much time as they can downstairs? But now you realize that you can’t get rid of that cough so easily and the kids are missing more school than normal. Unfortunately, now there are other costs you must pay other than just fixing the problem. Precision Basement Remodeling of Columbus

Someone actually told me that they woke up the day after a big storm, while sleeping in their basement, and got out of bed to knee deep water! Most bedrooms are upstairs but I think we can agree. That situation would still be very distressing. Precision Basement Remodeling of Columbus

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