A hopeful future for our moldy basement of doom?
June 30, 2014 1:45 PM Subscribe
8 inches of rain caused our basement to flood, so we ripped out the carpet and pad, baseboards, and waterlogged drywall. It turns out we had decades worth of pre-existing mold in the drywall, so most of the walls had to come out, too. Now we have a partially unfinished basement with 60 years of half-assed renovation attempts exposed. What do we do now?
posted by Maarika to Home & Garden (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I liked our basement, but it had plenty of quirks. We have a very basic rectangle-shaped ranch house, so the basement was literally half of our house. Now that the framing is exposed, we're starting to wonder if we should repair everything as is ($$) or take this opportunity to make this a basement that will last us the next 30+ years ($$$). That said, we hadn't been budgeting for renovations.
What should we be considering? Who should we be calling to get repair and/or renovation estimates? All the basement waterproofing people are booked solid in our area due to floods, and many aren't even answering their phones. There was asbestos tile underneath our carpet, so we're thinking about biting the bullet and getting that properly abated/removed rather than wasting our money on carpet again. That's as far as we've gotten, thought-wise.
Any advice would be appreciated, particularly if you've been in this situation before.