Finishing Your Basement After a Flood

Some people may be reluctant to finish a basement in the event of another round of water damage, but the truth is that finishing your basement can actually help prevent more damage caused by flooding in the future. There are several steps you can take before you begin remodeling to waterproof your basement.

If your home is one of the many to fall victim to a flood, you may want to consider basement finishing while you go through the clean-up process. Some people may be reluctant to finish a basement in the event of another round of water damage, but the truth is that finishing your basement can actually help prevent more damage caused by flooding in the future. There are several steps you can take before you begin remodeling to waterproof your basement.

Be sure to discuss the following remodeling options with a general contractor before you get started.

Installing a drainage system

The last thing you want after paying for basement finishing is a flood to come along and damage your new drywall and fiberglass insulation. The best way to prevent basement flooding is to install a drainage system. There are several different options when it comes to drainage systems and they can be costly, but they are extremely effective. Discuss your options with your contractor and decide what system will be best for your basement and your budget.

Installing a sump pump

A sump pump system can quickly remove large amounts of water from your home in the event of a flood or burst pipe. If you decide to install a drainage system you will want to install a sump pump as well, since they work hand in hand. There are a lot of sump pumps on the market, so be sure to research your options before deciding. The top-of-the-line systems can be expensive, but they may be worth it in the long run as they usually include back-up batteries and secondary pumps in case your first one fails. In cold Atlanta winters, your sump pump discharge lines can freeze, causing a back-up. Be sure that your drainage system includes an open discharge line extension, which adds another exit line.

Sealing your walls and floors

The concrete walls and floor of your unfinished basement are porous and can retain moisture from the outside that can lead to mold and mildew problems. To prevent moisture from damaging your finished basement, you should add a vapor barrier to your walls and floors before you start the finishing process. Adding a vapor barrier can also radiate heat back into your basement, which will help keep your heating costs down in the winter.

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