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

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 all, nothing will ruin carpets, furniture, or new drywall like excess moisture or occasional flooding.

Although it is tempting to speed up the process and skip this crucial step, an investment in basement waterproofing will always be worthwhile.

What Needs to Be Waterproofed Before Finishing My Basement?

The short answer here: just about everything. From waterproofing basement walls to addressing foundation cracks and seepage and adding proper drainage, it’s essential to have a dry basement in which the remodeling can be done.

Basement Walls

There are many benefits to waterproofing basement walls before finishing, chief among them the fact that you won’t have to replace drywall from water damage. If you finish your basement without considering potential water damage, you may find yourself having to regularly redo certain parts of your basement. Working with a professional basement contractor will allow you, the homeowner, some peace of mind that this is dome properly but there are a few things you can do yourself. If you follow the proper steps, waterproofing basement walls will allow you to avoid creating excess mold and mildew (creating that lovely and familiar “basement smell”). By addressing any potential wall issues before finishing your basement, you eliminate the potential for major issues coming up in the future. 

Other Areas of Moisture or Standing Water

Your basement has many other areas where moisture is able to enter. Consider sump pumps and any known areas that tend to get wet during exceptionally heavy rain. Each of these areas will need to be addressed prior to beginning any remodeling project. Again, working with a professional basement waterproofing company will allow you to find the root cause of any additional areas of moisture or standing water.

How Does Waterproofing a Basement Work?

There are many ways to waterproof a basement, both from the interior and exterior, and both are sometimes necessary to achieve a fully dry basement.

Interior Basement Waterproofing

Identifying the cause of any interior basement leak is the key to knowing what to fix. Most commonly interior basement waterproofing solutions include the use of sealants, sump pumps and drains.

Let Us Help You Plan Your Basement Waterproofing and Finishing

Your finished basement is an investment, and it is important to protect that investment. Our specialists Meet Our Team Of Professionals – Basements Plus ( can help you come up with a detailed plan to waterproof and finish your basement without the hassle. Contact us today for a free estimate. Contact – Basements Plus (

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