We have a 50 year old brick house with a half-finished basement that
has never been remodeled. In the 15 years we have owned the house,
we have only had one serious flood in our basement. One winter where
there had been a lot of snow and ice, and in a fluke the temperature
rose overnight to something like 60 degrees and a foot of water rose
and destroyed our tile floor and the carpet remnant we had. It
happened to hundreds of houses in the area according to the news. The
only other water we have had is in the unfinished side in the laundry
room where if the gutters are neglected and we get a wicked rainstorm
we can get some puddles from the window well. Sometimes if there is
enough water it will spread over to the finished side.
Well now we are considering getting the basement remodeled, getting
rid of the 1950s paneling,tile ceiling and tile floor and replacing
it with drywall, drop ceiling and either wall to wall or remnant
My questions are:
1) Should we take the extra step and cost of getting the basement
2) Would any kind of waterproofing have prevented the flood we got
from that fluke speedy warming like that February night several years
3) If drywall gets wet, does it get ruined and need to be replaced?
4) If you recommend waterproofing, which kind sounds most appropriate
for our situation?
Thanks in advance!