Frequently Asked Questions - Finished Basements Plus
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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the ‘stack effect’?

A: The stack effect (also known as the chimney effect) is simply air coming in and out of your home. Warm air rises and escapes out the roof as new cool air enters in the basement and first floor. This is important because it explains one of the main reasons basements can develop moisture problems.

As humid air from outside comes in through the cool ground it is cooled and can cause water to condense on surfaces inside the basement – usually basement walls. This is much like leaving a glass of water out on a hot humid day; water condenses on the outside of the glass. This effect is therefore a major reason why so many basements and crawl spaces are damp and humid.

Q: How do I avoid mold in my basement?

A: Mold spores are everywhere and there is no practical way to eliminate them from your home. But you can keep mold from gaining a foothold in your basement by selecting materials that do not absorb moisture. Mold looks terrible and is a health concern. For more on mold and how to avoid it, click here.

Q: How long have you been doing this?

A: We’ve been finishing basements for more than 10 years.

Q: My basement is unique and has a lot of weird stuff to work around. Can you design something that will work with my basement?

A: Yes. In fact, this is where our experience is a big advantage. Basements tend to be the most quirky spaces in the house and we know how to integrate anything unusual into your new living space.

Q: Do I need an egress window?

A: State law requires that all finished basements must have means of egress (a way to get out of the basement other than using the stairs). If you have a walkout basement you already meet the requirement. If you do not have a walkout basement, an egress window will need to be installed. For more on egress windows, check out our blog post that explains it all.

Q: Do you have references?

A: Absolutely. We are happy to provide you as many references as you would like. We recommend that you check references on ANY contractor before you sign a contract. A contractor who doesn’t quickly provide multiple references is a red flag. To request our references, click here to contact us.

Q: Can I get financing?

A: Yes. We have partners who can help you get the right payment plan. If you need a lower payment, terms can often be extended over a longer period of time. And both secured and unsecured options are available. Visit our financing page.

Q: How can I learn more about Finished Basements Plus?

A: We’ve put together a special report that we call the “Contractor Standards Guide.” In it we give you objective standards that you can use to judge any contractor. We also put PROOF of our qualifications right in the guide. You can find more information by clicking here.