I am preparing to *finally* refinish our basement. The purpose is to have a nice laundry room, pantry and clean storage. Right now, it's dank, filled with cob webs, and not very pleasant. It also has some minor seepage in small cracks in the concrete floor along with some yellowing/effloresence on the old block walls. I am moderately skilled at DIY -- have been updated home for last 12 years. But, where the basement is concerned, I'm stumped. I realize I have a bunch of questions, so if you can only answer a few, I completely understand and appreciate any input.
Here are my questions, if anyone is kind enough to respond/help:
There are some fine cracks in the concrete floor that I assume I need to fix first, do I use a concrete "plug" material?
The floors and walls were painted about 8/9 years ago with Dry-Lock -- it is yellowing/peeling in some spots, some black mold in two tiny spots, and the floor has peeled up in spots, how do I remove or prep the walls/floor in order to re-paint.
I was thinking about using the epoxy floor paint with colored chips for the floor, anyone have experience with that?
I was going to paint the ceiling, pipes and all, should I insulate these pipes first? Any other ceiling options -- they are about 7.5 feet tall.
If I frame in the basement (I may just leave the concrete block walls), I will use a pressure treated bottom plate but regular lumber for the studs and top plate. How do I attach the bottom plate to concrete floor and am I just asking for more water to come up? My basement has moisture but no flooding problem?
This is a 1925 home in Rochester, New York -- think harsh winters, so any advice relevant to a Northeast climate is most helpful.
Any other advice to prep or finish that I need to know.
Thanks so much in advance for the help!