02:34PM | 09/13/06
Member Since: 05/09/04
3 lifetime posts
I am about to start the process of making my basement a usable hangout for myself. My house is a 100 year old colonial in Northern NJ. There is insulation but the prior oweners added a mud room and when they ran the utilities from the basement they never sealed up the gap between the foundation and the 1st floor. This led to a mouse and rat problem that we discovered a month after moving in. They made homes in the insulation. I am going to pull it all down, but my question is, "do i need to have the ceiling insulated? what are the pros and cons to it?" And yes i have sealed up the gaps so no more mice.


07:44AM | 10/31/06
Member Since: 03/03/05
273 lifetime posts
Please wear a respirator and eye protection when you remove the insulation. If you had mice living in it, there is most likely fecal matter and bacteria present. You may want to have the area treated to remove any bacteria. Also, you can buy HEPA filters for Home Depot shop vacs.

If you are going to make this basement area new living space, you may want to consider a ventilation unit to circulate new air into the area and exhaust the old air. Also, if you insulate with fiberglass, the small particles of fiberglass will be in the air unless you properly seal the seams.


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.


type the code from the image


Post_new_button or Login_button

Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Reused steel windows create an eye-catching splashguard in this walk-in shower. The vintage factory windows bring an inter... A galvanized steel tub is a surprising but charming fixture in this bright and breezy screened patio. It's perfect for was... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... If you lack plumbing skills but have a good sturdy tree, here's the easiest outdoor shower solution of all: Simply attach... Pursue what's known as the stack effect. To achieve it, open the windows on both the upper and lower floors, and as warm a... How do you like this smart use for an old bottle? Clamp an empty wine bottle to a fence or wall near your outdoor deck or ... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... In this urban apartment, a standard-issue patio became a serene and green perch by replacing the typical concrete with gro... This garden shed has been decked out to the nines. Designer Orla Kiely created the intimate home for a flower trade show, ...
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon