Lots of homeowners dream of using that extra space in the basement for a game room, a home theater, or entertaining space; but it’s important to correct any moisture issues first. In other words, stop the leaks before you make improvements.

You can tell if moisture is coming into your basement by taping a piece of clear plastic to the wall or floor, and then watching it for a few days. The amount of fog or condensation will tell you what’s getting in.

Even if there isn’t a real big problem in your basement, it’s still a good idea to seal those masonry walls and floor with a waterproofing material.

Many formulas do several jobs at once, so you can buy one product to serve as a waterproofer, primer coat, and topcoat. Some even include additives to prevent the growth of mold and mildew on their surfaces.

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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio, TodaysHomeowner.com, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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