Finishing Your Basement
Our #1 goal is to simply educate consumers on the products available to remodel your basement from our basement wall finishing products to our 100% waterproof vinyl flooring planks so it’s a clean, healthy, and comfortable environment. As a growing company, we would like nothing less than to be your choice as a basement finishing solution. At KAKS basement finishing & design, we want you to know that you are investing in the most favorable, and effective basement finishing products at the most affordable price.
Understand Your Basement: Moisture, Mold & Mildew
(Actual water leakage should not be confused with the high relative humidity typically found in basements. Both can pose serious problems, but need very different approaches to affect a cure.)
The atmosphere in a basement is completely different from the rest of your home. The outer walls are the foundation that is backed by the earth which is made of concrete. Concrete is a porous material which constantly absorbs moisture from the earth and releases it inward. So here is where the problems begin. Whether or not you have actual water puddles in your basement from time to time is not the only concern. The high moisture content in the air will eventually promote mold and mildew growth if exposed to wood, fiberglass, paper, carpet and other moisture sensitive materials like drywall or sheetrock.
View of mold growing on an unfinished block foundation wall.
Normal condensation on perimeter walls due to temperature differences, can lead to extensive mold/mildew growth. Some type of de-humidification in a basement is a must.
The prevention for mold and mildew growth, Eliminate The Threat Of Mold Growth
- Identify the source of the problem and its cause.
- Eliminate all of the five ingredients necessary for mold growth. (food source, air, moisture, suitable temperature, and a surface to grow on)
- Ensure that you have adequate ventilation that provides a proper exchange of air between rooms – and indoors & outdoors.
- Never trap the moisture between the foundation walls and the finished basement walls.
- Eliminate materials such as wood framing, fiberglass insulation, drywall and other moisture sensitive materials.
- Provide proper dehumidification in a finished basement.