Benefits of Basement Remodeling
How Basements are Different
Keep It Dry
Keep It Insulated
Keep it Safe
Keep It Quiet
Keep It Green
A basement renovation brings with it specific safety concerns. Read about these concerns and other things to consider like
building permits, basement mold and basement radon.
Permits and Codes
Building and fire codes often apply to basements. Below is a list that often applly to basement remodeling projects. Find
your specific codes and guidlines on your county or state's website.
- Habitable room sizes and ceiling heights
- Insulation, partitions and walls
- Wall construction
- Natural light and ventilation
- Basement stairways
- Air Ventilation Systems for Concrete Basements
- Ceiling/Floor draftstopping, firestopping, smoke detectors
- Bedroom emergency Egress
Radon is a naturally radioactive gas found in soil and could potentially leak into your basement through cracks in floors
and walls, drains and sumps. You can easily detect basement radon by purchasing an inexpensive EPA approved do-it-yourself
kit. If you do have a radon problem, call a technician to help find the source. Make sure all cracks are sealed and your ventilation
is working properly. Self-priming drains and gas traps will also protect you and your family.
Humidity and dampness can cause basement mold. Use a dehumidifier and fans to keep your basement dry and air circulating.
Armstrong also makes products with BioBlock®, a treatment that stops the spread of mold and mildew.
Accessing Basement Mechanical Systems
Because basements are also the home of your furnace, hot water heater and many plumbing lines and electrical wires, your basement
finishing plans must work around them. Remember to include wide doorways and leave plenty of space around your furnace and
hot water heater to accommodate future servicing or replacement of your basement systems.
Rather than using drywall ceilings that prevent access to electrical wires and plumbing, install a drop ceiling. It can be
very costly to tear out and replace drywall if you need to access your basement’s systems. Drop ceiling panels are easy to
remove and can even be individually replaced if one is damaged.