Foundations, Insulation and Basement Waterproofing

Basement foundations, waterproofing and insulation are all important elements of a comfortable basement. If you are starting a basement remodeling project, making sure the foundation is sound is the right start. If it is leaking, repairs and waterproofing can fix that. To prepare for greater use, basement insulation will help maintain a comfortable environment. This remodeling guide discusses these essential basement elements, giving you ideas for getting the right start for this phase of your home remodeling.

Basement Foundations

Most foundations are poured concrete or block. Depending on where you live, some basement walls may also be built from treated wood. Poured basement walls and floors all crack at some point, though they don’t always leak. When concrete or block basements do leak, they can be repaired by injecting a waterproof material into the crack that typically comes with a 50-year to lifetime guarantee.

If you want to add more natural light when basement remodeling, the wall can be cut with a cement saw to make the opening. A large window well on the outside is also required. This can also be done if you plan a bedroom in the basement and need to add an egress window.

Basement Waterproofing

If your basement is leaking severely, you may have to dig around the entire foundation and waterproof it from the outside. There are several different tar or rubber-based materials to use. For minor leaking or dampness, known cracks should be fixed and then an interior basement waterproofing system can be installed that prevents leaks and helps drain away excess water. In either case, remodeling contractors will also want to explore excavation work to change the grade around the house so water flows away from the foundation. Gutters and downspouts should also be checked to make sure they aren’t dumping water too close to the basement foundation.

Basement Insulation

Adding basement insulation will definitely make your basement more comfortable and will help control heating bills. Foam insulation, rolled insulation or even blown insulation can be used in the basement, between 2×4 studs. The studs can be covered with drywall, paneling or basement walls material.

Basement Foundations, Waterproofing and Insulation Costs

Depending on the extent of the work you need to do, waterproofing and insulation can account for 10%-50% of your basement remodeling budget. Some of these expenses can actually pay you back over time, and adding insulation is cost-effective since it will lower your monthly utility bills. Be sure to have several remodeling contractors give you quotes if major foundation repair or basement waterproofing must be done.

Conclusion, if you are going to tackle a basement remodeling project, it is important to start with a solid, waterproof and warm foundation. You may be wasting your money on basement flooring and basement walls if you do not. Once the foundation is ready to go, you’ll be able to finish the basement in a way that maximizes its usefulness and your enjoyment of it.