The Right Way to Build a Healthy Basement

Codewatcher HiBex Basement Finishing System

Homeowners love the extra space a basement provides, but only if it is comfortable, and mold- and mildew free. Here’s the simplest way to do it.

Building science experts say a basement finishing system should offer homeowners:

  • Mold, mildew, and rot resistance
  • Built-in thermal and acoustic insulation
  • Paint-friendly surface
  • Easy access to foundation, pipes, and electrical systems
  • Class A fire rating
  • Quick installation
  • Investment protection with a limited lifetime warranty

There are many weapons to fight moisture damage, from passive exterior applications like house wrap and attic/roof ventilation to active drying solutions like bathroom exhaust fans and even whole house air exchangers.

Read on for the complete primer on how to provide basements that meet code and deliver the long-term peace of mind contractors and homeowners expect.