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Waterproofing Your Greater Cleveland Basement Before Finishing

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It is important to waterproof your Ohio basement before any remodeling work is done. The basement waterproofing process with Ohio Basement Systems is an easy, enjoyable one that we make sure we do right the first time.

We want to help you maximize the value, comfort, and enjoyment of your home by waterproofing your basement before you upgrade it into an exciting new living area. We address the issues listed below before you start your basement finishing project.

Call us today for a free estimate in Akron, Cleveland, Strongsville or areas nearby.

Five steps to take before starting your basement finishing project

Finishing a basement properly requires a dry, clean space and long-lasting, top-quality materials. A little planning and preparation beforehand can save you a bundle of money (and big headaches) several years down the road.

Address all sources of standing water

If your basement is flooding regularly, your first step is to solve this water problem. Make sure your home’s gutters & downspouts are working properly, and that the ground slopes away from your foundation to avoid water accumulation against the basement walls. As soon as you’ve checked the basics, we can install a waterproofing system in your basement. A full perimeter drainage system with a sump pump that has battery backup will provide the best dry basement insurance–even during a power outage.

Control basement humidity

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Once your basement has been sealed, you may still have issues with high humidity, mold and moisture because of outside air leaking into the basement, clothes washing & drying, and similar issues.

Installing a basement dehumidifier is an excellent way to keep humidity levels low (50% or less) so that mold is unlikely to take hold. But don’t expect a light-duty, room-size dehumidifier to work effectively in your basement.

We recommend high-efficiency, low-maintenance dehumidifiers designed for a basement environment. ENERGY STAR® models not only allow you to dial in your target humidity level, but they also have multi-stage air filters to trap mold spores, dust mites and other indoor air pollutants.

Consider how much space you’d like

Most homeowners will not plan on finishing the entire basement. Instead, a portion of the basement will usually be set aside as a utility area, where your water heater, furnace, and other utilities will be located.

Many homeowners will also designate an additional section of their basement to serve as a laundry room and/or storage area.

If you’d like to upgrade the appearance of these spaces without actually finishing them, you have a range of options available, from wall panels to waterproof flooring options for your laundry room or new bathroom.

Plan your rooms around obstacles

Basements are unique spaces that provide remodelers with challenges that aren’t found anywhere else.

When remodeling your basement, your contractor will have to consider challenges such as limited ceiling height, staircase locations, and where your utilities are placed in the basement.

Windows are also a unique challenge for remodelers. You don’t want to build a wall in a way that it intersects with a window location.

If you’re adding basement bedrooms, these windows may need to be developed for egress access (an emergency exit) to meet local and state building codes.

Choose the best finishing materials

Many basement finishing jobs begin with your contractor tearing out inappropriate finishing materials that were used in an earlier remodeling effort. It’s messy and discouraging to remove moldy carpet, clumped fiberglass, crumbling drywall and rotted wood. That’s why we highly recommend waterproofing your basement before installing proper finishing materials that won’t cause issues with mold or be damaged by moisture.

Do it once. Do it right. Avoid the expense and mess of doing it over. That’s a motto we use in all our basement waterproofing projects. We can fulfill this promise to you because once you’ve had your home’s basement properly waterproofed, you’ll be able to have it remodeled the way you want, without having to worry about damage to the materials from flooding.


It costs you nothing to meet with a specialist for a basement waterproofing quote! Each free quote includes an on-site inspection and measurement, a professional consultation where we answer any questions you may have. We proudly serve Cleveland, Akron, Strongsville, nearby Mentor, Cuyahoga Falls, Elyria, Lakewood, Lorain, Youngstown, Westlake, and many other parts of Ohio.

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Twinsburg, OH 44087
(330) 235-1229