Before you start renovating or remodeling the basement ceiling, talk with a professional. Why? Ceiling tiles are not just a simple installation. Contractors are looking for water leaks, broken or worn pipes, misplaced wiring, and structural flaws in the floor above the basement ceiling. The most common basement problem is moisture. It happens over time from normal wear-and-tear of the home. Sometimes, nature plays a role in causing building materials to deteriorate faster. Most of the issues are fixable and involve basement waterproofing before any of the finished work can be started.
Make a list of all the features you want now and later in the future. Then, talk with a professional so you understand the waterproofing options available to prepare the basement for the installation of a finished ceiling. Today’s ceiling tile styles range from traditional, contemporary, or modern designs. The good news, they are moisture-resistant and built to fit basement conditions.
When done correctly, homeowners can look forward to enjoying a basement with all the features you had in mind. Keep reading to learn more about waterproofing methods, what to look for and how you can protect your family and home.
Making better use of living space continues to be a priority for homeowners. Basements tend to get forgotten — labeled for storage or overlooked because of potential moisture problems and low temperatures. Thanks to technology and design advancements, basement remodeling is can be less stressful, add living space and value to the home.
Make sure you have a plan that includes basement waterproofing because basements are notorious for keeping dark hidden secrets that can cause expensive damages. Basement waterproofing is intended to keep your family safe while adding a layer of protection to enhance a home’s appearance and comfort.
Whether you’re looking to change the functionality of the basement’s structure by adding a ceiling to conceal the internal systems or want to completely renovate and modernize the room to become part of the home’s living space — talk to a pro.
Most basement ceilings are opened and exposed (unfinished). To finish this space and make it safe, you need to understand how conditions above and below effect the restoration or transformation of the room. Basement waterproofing is more than patching, cleaning, or covering.
Look up. Check the equipment and ductwork mounted under the ceiling. Are there any breaches or collected condensation? Condensation moisture happens when warm air meets cold air. Basements are perfect environments for this occurrence. This excessive moisture in the air can damage wood joists (basement ceiling), which are critical parts of the home’s carpentry because they distribute the weight evenly across the entire opening. Any form of damage is cause for concern. You want to avoid injuries or further damage to subflooring above the basement and the electrical wiring or piping running through the basement ceiling.
Look below. Persistent cracks, wet spots, or standing watering on the foundation or walls are signs of seeping water. Water coming from underground sources can cause the foundation to sink and walls to crack as they shift. Waterproofing and approved sealants are used to fill in the gaps to create a barrier against water invasions. It gets tricky when gas or water lines are nearby. Before starting any basement waterproofing, repairs, or ceiling installations, you need some professional guidance.
Too often, homeowners call after the water has entered the basement. In some cases, homeowners aren’t even aware of water seepage until the odors or the visual growth of mold and mildew becomes overwhelming — affecting the household’s health and possibly the home’s structure.
Moisture grows due to lack of ventilation, triggering humidity, and doubles the risk of water damage to the home’s structure and the family’s well-being. If you currently have ceiling tiles buckling and lifting from its support — you may have water damage. Basement waterproofing combined with moisture-resistant ceiling materials is designed to stand up to common basement conditions. Nowadays, basements don’t have to be musty smelling or damp. Proper waterproofing treatments and the right type of finishing materials will protect your home and contents. The more you know about the causes of water damages and how basement waterproofing can fix the problems will make this home improvement project less stressful.
Designed to keep the water from entering the basement, waterproofing involves proper drainage and surface treatments. Depending on the remodeling plans and the home’s condition, exterior and interior methods of water prevention may be necessary. A comprehensive inspection and examination of the home’s basement, crawl space, and the foundation is critical to preventing probable future problems. Finding the source of moisture or water entry is the first step to preventing a bigger disaster.
Some solutions will be stress-free with the use of waterproofing products from coatings to sealants. In other situations, repairs could be more extensive particularly with above ground flooding or underground water intrusions. Interior preparations and the use of approved moisture-resistant materials will help to prevent water absorption from unexpected leaks. Exterior grading, drainage systems, and wall protection methods work well together to prevent water from entering the basement.
In either case, water damages left unattended or missed are going to become expensive repairs down the road. It comes down to a choice. For the homeowner, ongoing water damages will affect the home’s structural components, and the interior finishes you just completed. Choosing to work with an experienced basement waterproofing team is going to protect your home and family for the long-term. Although there is no single solution to fixing water damages because every home has a different routine, there are waterproofing options to fix and fit your home, budget, and lifestyle.
Finishing a basement ceiling can be an affordable way to add value to the home’s living space, but without professional guidance, this home improvement project can become a budget fiasco. Need some help? Contact our office and schedule a meeting.