When planning a basement renovation, do not overlook the fact that your basement is the part of your home that is under ground, the same place that water resides.
The basement has so much potential, and the possibilities are almost endless. But, you should properly prepare the space if it is to become a more important part of your living space.
The basement can be divided into a new room or a combination of rooms.
- Home Theater
- Home Office
- Child’s Playroom
- Man Cave
- laundry room, extra bedroom(s)
However, this extra room for your family is the most vulnerable to water damage through flooding and seepage.
New Jersey is no stranger to severe weather. This year will be no different. As stated in nj.com post “2016 hurricane season could be more active than in recent years”
Climate experts from the U.S. Climate Prediction Center are expecting a “near-normal” storm season in the Atlantic, with 10 to 16 tropical storms likely to form this year, and four to eight of those becoming hurricanes that could pose a threat to the Eastern seaboard.
The center, which announced its annual prediction late Friday morning, said there’s a 45 percent chance of a near-normal hurricane season, a 30 percent chance of an above-normal season and a 25 percent chance of a below-normal season.
You can prepare your basement for the worst that nature has to offer. As DIYContorls states in Best Basement Flood Protection: Sump Pumps and “Early Warning” Devices “The best basement flood protection begins with eliminating potential causes around the house, like clogged gutters and cracked basement walls, and installing a sump pump system to prevent water from collecting in the basement. Sump pumps, automatic shut off valves, water alarms and flood sensors are your next line of defense.”
To further protect your family from severe weather occurrences, you can even convert part of your basement into a safe room. Many homeowners have considered turning all or a part of their basement into a safe room. As we discussed in our post Turn Your Basement into a Safe Room, a residential safe room is designed to protect you and your family from severe weather conditions such as extreme high winds, hurricanes and tornadoes. You can refer to FEMA’s design and construction guidelines in FEMA P-320, Taking Shelter from the Storm: Building a Safe Room for Your Home or Small Business to learn more.
To learn more about safely renovating your basement into valuable living space for your family, talk to residential construction experts at Veri Construction We are an award-winning Certified NARI Remodeler, serving customers in New Jersey area.