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Waterproofing Your Basement Saves Money and Protects Your Investments

Some homeowners overlook their basements as a desired living space. In a few easy steps, you can change your basement into a valuable extension of your home.

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Finishing your basement adds additional and convenient living space to your home, and it can be achieved at a more reasonable price– rather than finishing above grade areas. When finishing the interior of your basement rather than building from scratch, it can and will save you money, but always be aware of hidden costs. If you’re considering finishing your basement, there are techniques to keep in mind to help keep the expenses to a minimum. Many homeowners wonder about a basement’s overall purpose. The foundation beneath your home provides a strong support system to host the structure of your home, but if you are looking to create extra space in your home, using your basement as additional living space is only cost effective if it has been waterproofed.

The basement in your home is already the best insulated space of your home, because it’s surrounded by earth featuring an 8-inch, or thicker, masonry brick wall. By simply framing the walls with dimensional lumber instead of installing drywall, you and your contractor can be sure to make all provisions during the construction of your new home for future wiring and plumbing purposes, or other remodeling jobs. Depending on the way you design the layout of your basement, there are ways that you can save money. In most homes, the electrical wiring and plumbing pipes run in between the basement ceiling joists. For best results, inspect the mechanical configuration of your home and plan your basement layout accordingly. By simply positioning a guest or master bathroom directly above a bathroom on the main living floor, you can simply tie the two water supply lines together. This reduces the number of pipes that would otherwise have to run the entire distance of the space from the main water line to your second bathroom, thus saving you money. Consider installing a drop ceiling with a grid and acoustic tiles; this will save you money and provides you easy access to the mechanical elements of your basement. By installing the drop ceiling yourself, you can save money.

Contact the experts at Basement Authority of West Virginia for help fixing a wet basement in West Virginia.

Rid your basement of its water problems and protect your investments!

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