Moisture vapor is invisible, but there are ways to "see" it. Note the discolored and peeling paint toward the bottom of the wall
The basement is a different environment than the rest of your house. It contains structural elements like wood beams and concrete. Moisture levels are high, and so is the chance for condensation. It's also where water goes when there's a flood or a plumbing leak. This calls for a basement finishing system that is specifically created to address these factors - and to look great for many years.
Moisture and water vapor can enter the basement in other ways, too, including infiltration, condensation and plumbing leaks. Whenever moisture levels become excessive, problems arise. Moist and damp building materials, for example, are more likely to deteriorate, swell, rot, smell, and support the growth of mold and mildew.
Have you ever moved a cardboard box on the basement floor and found a damp or wet spot? It's because moisture has wicked up from under your slab. Have you seen paint peel off a foundation wall? It's because water vapor has literally pushed the paint off the wall!
Basement expert Larry Janesky explains why traditional materials aren't the right answer for finishing your basement and what materials you should consider for basement spaces.
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While waterproofing systems and dehumidifiers are your basement's first line of defense against water, it's smart to build your new basement rooms from materials that will not be damaged by moisture and that will not support the growth of mold and mildew. That's where the Total Basement Finishing System excels.
Our entire product line has been designed and developed from inorganic materials that are water resistant and do not support mold growth. Because of this, the Total Basement Finishing system will look like new far into the future.
It's also the last time you'll have to finish your basement, because the system stands up to the harsh, damp environment of the basement - where drywall, fiberglass, carpet and wood get damp, discolored, and musty smelling soon after being installed.
The Total Basement Finishing system also acts as a moisture barrier for the floors and walls, so it actually stops water vapor from entering your downstairs living space, making it drier and more comfortable - much like your upstairs! And with a SaniDry XP, air filtration and dehumidification system, your basement can feel just like your upstairs!
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