Basement Soundproofing: How to Lay Damp-Proof Membrane to Protect Electrical Wires
Because basements are used popularly as the home theater room, basement soundproofing might be advantageous in the long run. Soundproofing your walls can mean a quieter house so that a late night movie time in the basement doesn’t wake up the other members of the household. The best time to soundproof your basement is before it is remodeled or its walls finished. Most builders leave the basement walls unfinished, in that, the walls are mere wooden frames and a mesh of electrical wires running through them. As you are soundproofing your basement, you can also damp proof your basement walls so that your electrical wires are protected against moisture. Basements tend to be damp places because moisture from the soil collects at the bottom of your house and seeps in through cracks in your home’s foundation. We will discuss how to damp proof your basement in quick and easy steps.
What You Need
- Polyethylene damp proof membrane (enough to cover your entire basement walls and floors)
- Flashing tape
- Waterproof sealants
- Drywall screws
- Drywall tape
- Drywall gun
- Dust mask
- Drywall saw
- Joint compound
- Taping knife
Step 1 – Preparing Your Basement
If your family has been using your unfinished basement as a storage space, it is now time to go back downstairs and clean up the area.
Step 2 –Decide on Your Soundproofing Method
There are several different ways to soundproof your basement walls. You can use cellulose spray to spray inside your walls once the drywalls are in place. The cellulose will thicken inside the walls and work to block noise. Another method is to install a double layer of drywalls per wall. Another costlier method is to buy a special lead lined drywall. Whatever you decide, it should be done before the work commences.
Step 3 – Apply Sealant
Your local hardware store should carry waterproofing sealants that you can apply with a brush over your concrete floor and walls of your basement. Apply sealant and let dry.
Step 4 -Tape Down Damp Proof Membrane
These plastic-like membranes come in all different sizes. Tape edges together so that moisture does not seep in between them. For floors, make sure that extra plastic laps up the sides of the walls. Put flashing tape to adhere it to the walls. Likewise, nail down damp proof membranes unto wooden frames of the basement walls. These plastic membranes will not protect wires in walls from moisture resulting from air humidity, only from moisture seeping in from the ground.
Step 5 – Put Up Drywall
Whatever type of drywall you decided to go with, put it up now. Butt it against the wall (lead part of drywall should face studs) and drywall gun it against the wall studs. With your taping knife, apply joint compound between edges of drywall. Press drywall tape over the compound. Cover the tape with a thin layer of compound. Let dry. Cover compound over entire drywall and let dry. Apply a final finish of compound thinned out with water. Let dry.
Your basement floor and walls have now been damp-proofed and soundproofed. Paint the walls when dried and install carpeting over the concrete floor.
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