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5 Tips for Waterproofing Your Basement


5 Tips for Waterproofing Your Basement

by Joe Ellis / Updated: July 25, 2022

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Basement waterproofing is essential when you are working on finishing or remodeling your basement and nearly all basements are prone to moisture, mold and water damage. As a basement waterproofing contractor in Michigan, we know that throughout certain points of the year and areas of the country, especially those with more rainfall, basement moisture can…

What to Expect When Waterproofing Your Basement

by Joe Ellis / Updated: July 26, 2022

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Waterproofing your basement is a daunting task but it doesn’t have to be with the help of a professional basement waterproofing company. Whether you are waterproofing to fix an existing problem or to prevent a future problem, waterproofing your basement is always a good idea and a great investment in your home, but depending on…

Building a Better Basement Living Room

by Joe Ellis / Updated: July 25, 2022

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It's time to take your current basement to the next level! Do you have a basement living room? Are you ready for an upgrade? Just like the rooms in your home, rooms in your basement can be redesigned and taken to the next level. With new designs and trends, you can transform your existing space into…

Waterproofing Your Basement Walls: Costs and Options

by Joe Ellis / June 30, 2022

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Learn more about the cost and options of waterproofing your basement walls with Finished Basements Plus What are the Costs and Options for Waterproofing Your Basement Walls? If you are debating whether you should waterproof your basement walls, the answer should be YES! Every basement is different and may require different steps to achieve your…

When is the Best Time of Year for Basement Remodeling?

by Joe Ellis / June 24, 2022

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We're often asked whether there's a certain time of year homeowners should consider finishing their basement in. The answer really depends on you because believe it or not, yes, basements (even in Michigan) can be finished during the winter. As with anything, there are pros and cons to each season of the year but many…

Do I Need to Have My Basement Waterproofed Before I Have It Finished?

by Joe Ellis / Updated: June 27, 2022

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A common question we get asked at Basements Plus is whether a basement needs to be waterproofed before it's finished or fully remodeled. Fortunately, it's an easy one for us to answer as your basement must be dry before remodeling. It is critical to have basement waterproofing measures in place before any remodeling begins. After…

Basement Allergies: Tips for an Allergen-Free Space

by Joe Ellis / Updated: May 24, 2022

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What causes basement allergies? Learn more about allergens that thrive in your basement and what you can do to put a stop to them. Runny nose. Itchy eyes. Sneezing. Scratchy throat. ALLERGIES. No one likes allergies and let alone in your home. There may be allergens that thrive in your basement. The good thing is…

6 Causes of Basement Moisture (and How to Fix Them)

by Joe Ellis / Updated: May 17, 2022

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When you think of basements, usually some sort of moisture comes to mind. Although basement moisture is common, there are ways to fix it once you identify where it is coming from and why.  Clues There is Moisture in Your Basement  When homeowners suspect basement moisture it is because they have spotted some clues. Condensation…

Iron Ochre & Bacteria in Basements

by Joe Ellis / April 29, 2022

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Iron ochre results from a chemical reaction or a biological process that can happen in wet basements, within clogged pipes or sump pump pits. The last thing you want to hear is in your basement or in your home is bacteria. Unfortunately, iron ochre may occur in wet basements, within clogged pipes or sump pump…

How Long Does It Take to Finish a Basement?

by Joe Ellis / Updated: April 26, 2022

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What is the timeline for a finished basement? Learn more about the typical basement finishing timeline and what the longest phases are. If you are wondering how long it takes to finish a basement, there are many factors to consider. The first step you should take is finding a contractor. A contractor can help give…