Thinking of finishing your basement? Before you contact a contractor or price out the building materials necessary to get it done, you’ll want to assess the overall health of the foundation. And here’s why:
On average, it can cost anywhere between $30 and $50 per square foot to finish a basement, and these costs can escalate even higher if you want to add a bathroom, specialty lighting or other advanced features. On average, it’s estimated that basements cost about $30,000 to finish. Noting this, why would you take a chance on a poor foundation and risk your basement flooding out and ruining things?
It’s estimated that more than 60 percent of basements in all homes have some sort of a moisture problem. Furthermore, most new construction homes develop a leak within 10 to 15 years of being built. And if you’re of the “they don’t build them like they used to” mindset, realize that most older homes were built with waterproofing techniques that are no longer viable. Now here’s the real kicker: It’s estimated that 98 percent of all basements will experience some sort of moisture problem over the course of their lifetime.
This page isn’t designed to scare you, it’s just designed to reinforce how important it is to waterproof your basement before you finish it — and we’ve got the experience, know-how, and expertise to equip your basement with a permanent waterproofing solution.
Some basement issues are much more obvious than others, and they’re often evidenced by visible water intrusion after heavy rain or after the spring thaw occurs. Other issues may need an expert to properly diagnose. You can help check your basement for issues by simply taking a walk down there after a significant rainfall to see if there are any visible signs of water, but that shouldn’t be the only thing that you do to determine whether or not your basement may have issues. Here’s a look at some other things to look out for:
If you think you have a moisture problem in your basement or just want to have your foundation assessed by a credible professional before you move to finish it, contact us today.
Don’t risk the expense of having to hire a professional restoration contractor, something that often isn’t covered by a conventional homeowner’s insurance policy, to restore a flooded basement. This could cost thousands of dollars, not to mention the additional expense of fixing the root cause of the flooding and replacing all the items, equipment and materials lost in the flood. Take preventative action before you finish your basement. We have a bevy of permanent waterproofing solutions available for your basement to give you peace of mind the next time there’s heavy rain or inclement weather coming. Contact us today for more information.