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Finishing a Basement? Be Cautious of Moisture

Joseph Coupal - Friday, April 13, 2012

If you have just purchased a new home and you are thinking of finishing the basement, there are some things to be aware of. Are there or have there ever been any signs of moisture or water in the basement? If so, STOP, do not do anything.

Basement moisture or dampness issues need to be fixed before you do any finish work below grade. With new homes, it is a good idea to wait at least a year to see if you get any water, seepage or moisture  in the basement over the course of all four seasons. If there is any water at any time, or any signs of dampness, fix the water problem first. Call A-1 Foundation Crack Repair.

Also, since water can easily permeate concrete foundations, pressure treated lumber is recommended for the bottom of the walls. Also, since it is a basement, which is below grade, consider using greenboard rather than standard drywall because it is better suited for damp areas like bathrooms.


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