If you don't keep moisture out of your basement, your whole house is at risk of a huge mold infestation. Additionally, it'll be difficult to do anything beyond storing waterproof objects in your basement when it's inundated with water. Follow these three tips to keep the insulating foam layer covering your basement walls strong so that it can keep out both water and the cold.
Don't Neglect Taking Care Of The Facings On The Foam
The paper or cardboard facings on the tops of foam boards are the most fragile parts of your whole insulation layer. While the foam itself can deal with having a lot of water right next to it for a long time, facings will quickly fold and warp.
So if a buildup of water in your basement ever gets so bad that it penetrates the foam itself and starts affecting the facing, remove the relevant foam board from your wall and try to fix the problem as soon as possible. Additionally, you should use everything from bug spray to a basement door lock to prevent animals, bugs, and anything else from disturbing the facings on your foam layer.
Make Sure That Any Foam Boards You Install Fit Your Basement Windows Well
Since basement windows are some of the only irregularities that your foam boards will face as you attach them to the wall, they're a potential weak point that a water or mold infestation will commonly seep through. Therefore, you need make sure that you cover as much of the recessed wall in front of the window as you can with your insulating foam.
It's also important to make sure that the sharp corner running between your main basement wall and the recessed part of the wall leading to the window doesn't harbor any leaks in your insulation. To help you in this task, plenty of strong glue that's specialized for use with foam boards is essential.
Have A Thicker Layer Of Foam Around Your Utilities
If you're only putting a relatively thin layer of foam on your basement walls, it makes sense to put a little more near the utilities you're keeping in the room. This is because the pipes near utilities are another danger spot for a sudden water or mold infestation.
Foam layers don't have to be a complete pain to take care of. As long as you're aware of which parts of your foam boards are going to be problem spots, maintenance should be a fairly straightforward task. For more information about keeping your basement safe from water damage, contact a company like Central Penn Waterproofing.