Was your unfinished basement one of the features that attracted you to your house? Obviously, you planned to get that basement finished one day. Perhaps now is the time to devote some effort to that goal. Who knows? If you start this week, then you might have it ready for the holidays. Here are some things to keep in mind when finishing an unfinished basement:
Check for water
Before you begin any planning, you want to check for water or leak. Obvious signs would be any pools of water drips that are seen on the inside. You also want to check your foundation on the outside. If you are replacing drywall or paneling, then you might discover some water issues behind that. You definitely want to track the source of those leaks and get them fixed before you put up any new drywall.
Check the Codes
Once you have sealed up any potential water leaks you’ll want to check with the local municipality for your neighborhood to see if you need any permits for what you’re doing. You probably won’t need them if you’re just putting up drywall but if you are planning any electrical or plumbing work then it might need to be inspected.
Get The Right Fasteners
Many basements are built with some sort of masonry or cement block. That means a regular nail or screw isn’t going to support your framing for drywall. You need to get the right type of fasteners for your wall type. If you’re not sure, then snap a photo and take it to your hardware store. They should know exactly what you need to make your wall secure.
Add A Vapor Barrier
Even with the leaks plugged up your basement can still be a damp place. A vapor barrier that’s place between the walls and floors prior to framing can help remove some of that dampness.
Insulation that you can put in the between the foundation and your walls cannot only help control the temperature but also dampen sound from the outside. That’s great if you going to turn your basement into your home theater. You can use foam insulation or insulation in a roll. Again, you want to check the code requirements whenever you install insulation.
Get Rid Of The Junk
Of course, before you start any remodeling project in your basement you want to get rid of all the unwanted rubbish. Basements are a popular spot in a home for random storage. You can hire Junk King Chattanooga to remove all that clutter and junk from your basement. The team from Junk King will make it many trips up and down the stairs as needed. One call to Junk King Chattanooga can help clear out your basement and get it ready for finishing.