As the fall season begins, there are a few maintenance tasks to pay attention to around the house. Here are six ways to prepare your yard and home for the cooler season.
Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey teaches Kevin O’Connor what he needs to know about handling wet basements.
It can be challenging to maintain a workout routine by leaving your house to go to a gym. Watch to learn how to turn a small, unused space in your home—like a basement storage room—into a sleek and functional home gym.
Creating a beautiful space in your basement poses certain challenges. One is the ceiling. Wondering what to do with the maze of pipes, wires, and ductwork overhead? No worries. Here are a few creative ways to dress up your basement ceiling.
If you have water leaking into your crawl space, it’s important to address the issue quickly, as it could have serious effects on your home and health.
Whether using basement storage shelves or making use of dead space under the stairs, cleaning up clutter to stay organized is paramount to both your comfort and sanity. And with these unfinished basement storage ideas, you can make use of every bit of leftover space to further streamline your home—and your life.
Whether it’s caused by a hundred-year flood or a plumbing malfunction, no one wants a swimming pool in their basement. Here are some ways to get rid of that standing water in your basement.
If musty odors are keeping you from using your basement, it’s time for that to change. With a bit of effort, you can eliminate funky smells from your below-grade spaces for good.
Removing a warren of posts and partition walls opens up a bright, fun family space downstairs.
Do you keep getting a whiff of something musty in your bathroom or basement? Afraid it might be mold? Learn about three of the most popular kits to test for mold at home.
Not every crack in a foundation wall—either concrete block or poured concrete—is cause for concern or needs to be fixed.
Tom Silva gives some advice on insulating a brick Colonial with concrete-block walls
Does it make sense to insulate my basement ceiling? This Old House’s Tom Silva answers.
Got mold in your basement? Read this guide to learn how to identify and treat mold.
Need a good place to store wine? Read these steps to building a DIY wine cellar in your basement.
A bar can be the perfect addition to anyone’s basement. Here’s what you should keep in mind when planning your subterranean entertaining oasis.
Prevent basement flooding by installing and maintaining a sump pump.
Transform your basement into a more multifunctional space by adding walls.
From preparation to installation, here's a how to insulate your basement.
Need to stop water from coming into your basement? Use gutters, a drainage system, and interior waterproofing to keep your basement dry.
What to use and how to install the outdoor entrance to your basement.
Get insider tips and a step-by-step guide for concrete floor leveling.
Find the best flooring option for your basement by comparing cost, comfort, durability, appearance, and installation details.
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough investigates a strange issue happening to foundations in the Northeast
If your basement includes habitable space, it is required to have a means of egress for safe escape. Here’s how we chose the right doors and window wells for the luxuriously outfitted basement at the TOH 2018 Idea House.
Planning to create or redo a below-grade living space? Finished basements are vulnerable to damage from storm-water intrusions, leaking pipes and hot-water tanks, or simply high humidity. Lower the risk of mold or mildew taking hold by remodeling with materials made to shake off damp conditions
Ask This Old House master electrician Scott Caron helps a homeowner add switching to basement lights that used to be controlled by a pull string
April showers bring May flowers—and up the risk of basement flooding. Follow these steps to ensure your sump pump is primed to keep your lowest level high and dry
Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva teaches a homeowner how to repair some structural problems in his home.