When people hear the word “basement”, the image that usually comes to mind is that of a dark and dingy storage space for old stuff and seasonal decorations. Fortunately, this doesn’t always have to be the case.
Through basement remodeling in Chicago, homeowners can transform a lifeless room into a fantastic living space for the whole family, as well as any guests who visit. Whether you are looking to add an extra bedroom for visitors, or a home theater for your personal entertainment, the possibilities for your basement are endless. Furthermore, adding an extra living space to your home can help increase its value should you decide to sell it in the future.
Before you get excited, however, note that basement remodels can be quite challenging. One of the biggest challenges is ensuring your basement is free of moisture. Failing to take this into account can easily lead to mold growth–a scenario that doesn’t quite go along with “comfort”.
Be sure to consult an experienced Chicago basement finishing company like DAL Builders, Inc. before starting out a basement remodeling project. In particular, talk to the contractor about putting the following moisture countermeasures in place:
Have Your Downspouts Adjusted
Downspouts are responsible for directing rainwater away from your roof. The actual exit point of your downspout, however, is vital. If it is located too close to the foundation of your home, rainwater can seep through the soil and find its way into your basement. In such cases, mold growth isn’t too far away.
Ideally, your downspouts should be at least six feet away from the foundation. While you’re at it, you may want to make sure the area around your downspout is sloping away from your home.
Install a dehumidifier system
Many basements lack proper ventilation due to the absence of windows and other openings. As a result, the air in a basement can quickly become humid. Not only will humidity lead to mold growth, it can also cause wallpaper to warp, along with a variety of other aesthetic problems.
If you have reason to believe that humidity will be a problem in your basement living space, you may want to have a dehumidifier installed to help regulate the amount of water in the air. Similarly, your basement remodeling contractor can recommend other solutions to ensure proper ventilation, and decrease the chances of moisture in your basement.
(Source: A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home; United States Environmental Protection Agency)