Expert Advice on Improving Your Home
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How to Soundproof a Basement Ceiling

Steve asks, "I'm going to finish a portion of the basement for my 12-year-old daughter to have a place to 'hang out.' Is there something I can do to help reduce noise?"

Start by insulating the space between the basement ceiling joists with sound dampening insulation.
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Attic and Basement FAQ

Attics, basements, and crawlspaces are the least frequented areas of a home, which is one of the reasons they often cause the most problems. A regular inspection can catch potential problems—like leaks, condensation, termite activity, or the growth of mold—before they become a major headache. Read this article to find out more.

Basement Laundry Room Plumbing

Casey asks, "We would like to move the laundry room to the basement. How should we do this?"

You would need to install what is known as a grinder pump or lift station to pump the drain water from the washer up to the level of your drain pipe so it can be fed into your septic tank.

Basement Stair Shelves

If you're looking for ways to gain extra storage space, a basement staircase leading up to a first floor is an ideal spot for shelves made from 2x4s. Watch this video to find out how.