Before You Finish Your Basement Near Elliot Lake, North Bay, Sudbury
A wet, flooded finished basement in Azilda

Flooding In A Finished Basement

Few things can destroy a newly finished basement like groundwater flooding or a plumbing failure.

Taking a few precautions before a flood occurs can prevent this issue and protect your home. This includes eliminating all existing and potential sources of flooding, and addressing any issues with humidity in the space.

If you have a one-story home with a full basement, then that basement represents a major portion of its usable space.

The best way to make use of this space is to finish the basement into a new, comfortable living space. But like all home improvements, a little preparation beforehand can go a long way to protecting your investment.

Finishing The Basement

An unfinished basement is a prime candidate for creating new living space in your home. Before any construction begins, it already comes with outer walls preconstructed, and many pipes and utility lines already in place.

Additionally, the earth around the basement makes it cooler than the outside air in the summer, and warmer in the winter. Making this space comfortable requires insulation and a little extra work from your HVAC system.

The Challenge Of Basement Finishing

Homeowners who have a wet basement are often reluctant to invest in finishing, worrying that water damage will ruin their new space.

However with a little preparation (including a warrantied basement waterproofing system), your basement can be permanently protected from any moisture damage to drywall, insulation, or property.

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Our experts can dry your basement and get it ready to make the most of your remodeling investment. To schedule a reliable basement upgrade quote, contact us by phone or e-mail today! Our experts serve throughout the Ontario area, including North Bay, Sudbury, Elliot Lake and nearby.

Nine Steps To Take Before Finishing

At Kenmar Basement Systems, we've seen just about everything that can happen to a finished basement, and we've been called in to waterproof them daily. Once the basement is finished, repairing and waterproofing the space is much more expensive.

If you're planning to finish the basement, this is what we recommend to prepare it beforehand. If your basement is already finished, many of these precautions may still be made.

Nine Steps To Take Before Finishing

Install An Effective Drainage System

A basement waterproofer installing a perimeter drain system in Onaping

If your basement floods after it's been finished, the flooding groundwater will damage drywall, fiberglass insulation, and many other wall finishing products.

To repair a finished basement that's flooded, you will need to cut away the damaged wall, fiberglass, and studs so that a drainage system can be installed. After the drainage system has been installed, we have a drywall repair system available to install, or you can opt to bring a carpenter in afterwards.

However, the better choice is to install that drainage system before the basement is finished. Many homeowners choose this option as a precaution even if their basement has never flooded before.

Install A Complete Sump Pump System

A newly installed sump pump system in a basement in Levack

Installing a sump pump system ensures that you can discharge large volumes of water from your home in the case of heavy rains of a plumbing failure. If you've installed a drainage system, you should definitely install a sump system as well.

The best sump pumps are ready for anything -- including power outages and sump pump failure. This means that your system should include both a battery backup sump pump and a secondary sump system that can kick on if your primary pump fails.

The systems we install at Kenmar Basement Systems also include an alarm system that sounds off in the unlikely event of a pump failure -- so you can respond right away.

Let Us Help You Prepare Your Basement For Finishing!

We can dry your basement and prepare the walls, floors, windows, and home plumbing for a finishing system. Protecting your basement from moisture will ensure that your remodeling work stays valuable and looking great for many decades to come.

It costs you nothing to meet with us For a reliable basement quote! Our specialist can stop by to measure your basement, make recommendations, and answer any questions you may have. While we're there, we'll create a customized plan for your basement, including a written cost quote.

Our experts proudly provide solutions to the Ontario area, including Elliot Lake, North Bay, Sudbury, the surrounding areas of Garson, Blind River, Sturgeon Falls, Haileybury, Espanola, Mindemoya, West Nipissing, and nearby.

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