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Title: Basement Finishing Considerations in Denver


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Basement Finishing Considerations in Denver
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  • Planning comfortable living spaces in the
    basement begins with envisioning all it can
    becoming. But before you can make your dreams
    come true, take the first steps claiming your
    basement as living spaces. Perplexed about the
    steps? Heres a look at the possible problems to
    consider.

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Tips To Improve Basement Environments Before
Finishing
  • Control Moisture
  • Control Pests
  • Insulate basements
  • Improve heating cooling
  • Upgrade Ventilation

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Control Moisture
  • Basement moisture appears in two forms
    condensation and seepage.
  • To reduce condensation, run a high-capacity
    dehumidifier in the basement. Insulate cold water
    pipes to prevent condensate drippage, and make
    sure your dryer and other appliances have vents
    running to outside.
  • Solutions to prevent seepage range from simple
    do-it-yourself projects to expensive,
    professional jobs requiring excavation and
    foundation work.

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Control Pests
  • The most common entry points for vermin are small
    holes along the foundation which should be filled
    with silicone acrylic caulk.
  • For insects in the basement, pesticide foggers
    are one option.
  • Also fill any gaps where phone, gas, cable,
    electric, water and other services enter the
    house through the basement.

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Insulate Basements
  • The exterior is often a better location for new
    insulation than the interior of basement walls.
  • Never insulate a wall that is not dry and well
    drained.
  • Almost all of the issues surrounding basement
    wall insulation have to do with moisture and
    water vapor.

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Improve Heating Cooling
  • Expand your home heating system to heat the new
    space or add a supplementary heat source such as
    electric baseboard heaters.
  • Extending your current heating system will be a
    cheaper alternative in the long run since gas
    tends to be a cheaper alternative than
    electricity.

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Upgrade Ventilation
  • In basements, air should be kept moving otherwise
    high humidity levels combined with still air
    cause mold growth.
  • If your basement rooms are a part of a whole
    house, use forced air heating and cooling system
    to provide adequate air movement.
  • If your basement has an independent heating
    system, add a ceiling mounted vent fan in every
    room.

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  • Sometimes all these also seems difficult to deal,
    at that instance you can ask your basement
    finishing contractor to check the necessary
    things.
  • For more details on basement finishing, visit
    http//www.vistaremodeling.com/
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