Want To Finish Your Basement? Take These Precautions First

Posted on: 28 July 2015

If you are ready to finish your basement but you are concerned about moisture and rainfall where you live, there are building materials that are water resistant, and precautions you can take around the space. Floods are the number one disaster in the United States annually, but you can prevent this from happening to you.

Finishing the basement is a great way to add living space, to create a recreational or entertainment area, and to improve the value of your home. Before you start to finish the drywall, install electrical wiring, or put down flooring, consider the following options for your space.

Tile Flooring

Tile flooring isn't going to be damaged if you do get water in the basement. Carpeting and the under layer of padding will easily absorb moisture in the space, causing mold and mildew to form, damaging the carpeting and causing a musty smell throughout the basement.

You can get ceramic or porcelain tile, and you can get tile that looks like wood, mosaic tile and other styles. The tile is also easy to clean.

Double Sump Pump

Is the sump pump in your basement big enough for your home? Would you benefit from having a second sump pump installed? A plumber can come to the home and check the existing sump pump before you start to put new materials in the space, and install a second one to reduce the chances of flooding in the future.


Waterproofing the basement is going to help you prevent moisture accumulation and condensation throughout the walls in the space, because the moisture won't pass through the concrete from the ground on the outside of the home. Have the experts come to the home and waterproof the floors, walls, stairs, ceilings and more, before you move forward with finishing the space.

If you already know your home it at a high risk to flood because you're located in the middle of a flood zone, you don't want to take any chances wasting the building materials to finish the basement. You don't want to end up with soggy material, and you don't want to throw all of that money away. Talk with a building contractor to see what needs to be done to finish the basement and to talk about waterproof materials, and have a waterproofing professional come to your home to coat the foundation walls in the space before you begin any work.