Preparing The Basement For Insulation

Before you are ready to add the insulation into your basement walls or ceilings you first have to know the proper steps to take that will help to prepare them for it. This includes inspecting the room for leaks or any other problems that must be fixed right away. Not taking care of any existing moisture in the basement will be one of the biggest mistakes you could make.

Too many people will try to finish and insulate their basement before looking for leaks. After a few months mold will begin to appear and thrive in the damp and dark basement. This is a health hazard and will cost you a great deal more money to repair.

How To Find It

The hardest part is trying to determine where any leaks might be coming from. This room is so dark and usually there are no windows to help you see anything. Lay down a large piece of white plastic and tape it to the walls or floors. Leave it there for a week before checking on it. If there is a leak in that area you will be able to see the condensation underneath the plastic.

What Causes Leaks

Knowing where the leak is coming from will help you to quickly determine what could be causing it. In basements leaks are commonly caused by cracks and holes in the concrete construction. This will cause condensation, seepage, and draining problems surrounding the foundation.

Some people who have bathrooms in their basements will have troubles with their pipes. They will not be properly insulated and the condensation is so great that it will leak all over the floors and walls.

Repairing Leaks

When we find the crack in the foundation or walls it might seem that there is a lot of work that needs to be done to repair it. In reality all you have to do is use waterproof caulk that will seal it shut. Over this you will use waterproof paint sealant on the inside of the walls to help secure it.

If drainage is something that is causing the problem then you will find it best to simply install a drain pipe or pipes around the entire foundation. For some people it might be necessary to use a sump pump that will help to remove the extra water. The vent connected to the clothes dryer must be installed properly and in an area that will not cause any problems.

When it comes to repairing the pipes that are contained within the ceilings or underneath the sinks the best thing you can use is insulation. With the right type of insulation you will be able to prevent the condensation and the best part is this won’t cost you any extra money.