There is a hierarchy of your concerns when renovating a basement and above all would be the need to ensure the space is dry and watertight. Eliminating any water from your basement is of the utmost importance as it can affect all other aspects of the project including your construction materials, the foundation of your home, and your overall health to name a few. All of this should be discussed with a professional renovation company like The Reno Pros to ensure your design can be a reality without compromising anyone’s safety. Other concerns would include:
Now back to the issue of water. A basement with little ventilation and a tepid climate like one you might find for some of the year in Toronto is a haven for mildew and mold if water is present. Black mold is extremely dangerous to your respiratory system and could eventually kill you if there is prolonged exposure. Other major concerns would be the gradual breakdown of the structural integrity of your basement. Drywall does not handle water very well and ground water will leach up through concrete if exterior walls are not properly sealed.
The overall sentiment is that water is extremely bad and you should leave the technical work to the professionals. Otherwise, get in there start renovating your basement!
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