Renovating your basement can unlock a ton of hidden potential in your home. This space can provide you with extra income, a beautiful living space, a playroom, or even a special oasis where you or your spouse can use to relax after a long work day. Renovating this space can also increase the value of your home, making it an incredibly wise investment for any homeowner. However, there are a few things you should check, inspect, and correct before you undertake a massive project such as a basement renovation.
The first thing that you should check for is the presence of any moisture within your basement. The best way to do this is to tape plastic sheeting to your floors and walls. Ensure that itâ€™s about 2 feet squared, and that you give yourself time to notice any damage. Experts advise waiting approximately two weeks, but more may be required to ensure that youâ€™ve done a thorough check. If there is any excess moisture present, you will notice that condensation has formed beneath these plastic squares. If this condensation appears on the floor, itâ€™s a pretty good indication that your foundation needs to be properly sealed before you start renovating. If there is water present on top of these squares, youâ€™ll need to invest in dehumidifying your basement.
Rot and Insect Damage
Rot and damage from insects can hinder your renovation efforts. Use an awl to check for signs of damage. Be sure you thoroughly inspect the floor joints, rims, header joints, sill plate and each wood-framed window for any signs of damage, rot, or the presence of insects. If damage is noted, your next step will depend on the type of damage present. If insect damage is the cause, be ready to call an exterminator; donâ€™t undertake this type of effort on your own, as you may find yourself with recurring insect problems in the future.
Another thing that you need be sure isnâ€™t present is a sagging floor. You can easily check for this by climbing a ladder until you are eye level with the underside of the joists. Checking to see if they are out of line is relatively simple â€“ just look across them when on the ladder to see if any donâ€™t line up with the others. If there are issues, you will need to call in an expert before you start your renovations. Again, this is an issue that will only get worse overtime if not addressed as soon as it is noticed.
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