Basement Finishing in PA, including Chambersburg, York & Lancaster.

Waterproofing Your Basement Before Finishing

It is important to waterproof your Pennsylvania basement before any remodeling work is done. The basement remodeling process with Appleby Systems is an easy, enjoyable one that we make sure we do right the first time.

We want to help you maximize the value, comfort, and enjoyment of your home by upgrading your basement into an exciting new living area. At Appleby Systems, we address the issues listed below before starting any basement finishing project. 

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Five steps to take before starting your basement finishing project

Finishing a basement properly requires a dry, clean space and long-lasting, top-quality materials. A little planning and preparation beforehand can save you a bundle of money (and big headaches) several years down the road.

A flooded basement showing groundwater intrusion in Lancaster

Address all sources of standing water

If your basement is flooding, your first step is to solve this water problem. Make sure gutters & downspouts are working properly, and that the ground slopes away from your foundation to avoid water accumulation against basement walls. Install a waterproofing system in your basement. A full perimeter drainage system with a sump pump that has battery backup will provide the best dry basement insurance –even during a power outage.


An ENERGY STAR® Rated basement dehumidifier installed in a home in Harrisburg

Control basement humidity

Even in a “dry” basement, high humidity can cause mold & moisture problems because of outside air leaking into the basement, clothes washing & drying, and soil moisture that permeates through the foundation floor & walls.

Installing a basement dehumidifier is an excellent way to keep humidity levels low (50% or less) so that mold is unlikely to take hold. But don’t expect a light-duty, room-size dehumidifier to work effectively in your basement.

Our SaniDry™ XP Dehumidifier is a high-efficiency, low-maintenance dehumidifier designed specifically for the basement environment. This ENERGY STAR® model not only allows you to dial in your target humidity level; it also has a multi-stage air filter to trap mold spores, dust mites and other indoor air pollutants. 


An unfinished basement filled with clutter in York.

Consider how much space you'd like

Most homeowners will not plan on finishing the entire basement. Instead, a portion of the basement will usually be set aside as a utility area, where your water heater, furnace, and other utilities will be located.

Many homeowners will also designate an additional section of their basement to serve as a laundry room and/or storage area.

If you'd like to upgrade the appearance of these spaces without actually finishing them, we have products that can do that for you too -- such as our insulated Basement To Beautiful™ insulated basement wall panels. Our waterproof basement flooring is also a great option for laundry rooms and storage areas.


A cleaned out basement in Chambersburg, shown before remodeling has begun

Plan your rooms around obstacles

Basements are unique spaces that provide remodelers with challenges that aren't found anywhere else.

When remodeling your basement, your experts will have to consider challenges such as limited ceiling height, staircase locations, and where your utilities are placed in the basement.

Windows are also a unique challenge for remodelers -- as you won't want a wall built in a way that it intersects with a window location.

In the case of basement bedrooms, these windows may need to be developed for egress access (an emergency exit) to meet local and state building codes.


A beautiful finished basement room in Carlisle

Choose the best finishing materials

Many basement finishing jobs begin with our crew tearing out inappropriate finishing materials used in an earlier remodeling effort. It’s messy and discouraging to remove moldy carpet, clumped fiberglass, crumbling drywall and rotted wood. That’s why we only install basement finishing materials that won’t attract mold or be damaged by moisture.

Do it once. Do it right. Avoid the expense and mess of doing it over. That’s a motto we use in all our basement remodeling projects. We can fulfill this promise because of the innovative finishing materials we’ve developed specifically for basement conditions. Take some time to check out our insulation, flooring, wall panels, ceiling tiles and other exclusive products –you’ll like them as much as we do!

We can transform your basement into a finished space!

It costs you nothing to meet with a specialist for a basement finishing quote! Each free quote includes an on-site inspection and measurement, a professional consultation where we answer any questions you may have. We proudly serve Lancaster, Harrisburg, York, nearby Chambersburg, Carlisle, Hershey, Enola, Hanover, Elizabethtown, Wasynesboro, and many other parts of Pennsylvania.

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Serving PA including the Greater Lancaster area
Cities in Adams County, PA
Abbottstown
Aspers
Biglerville
East Berlin
Fairfield
Gardners
Gettysburg
Littlestown
Mc Sherrystown
New Oxford
Orrtanna
York Springs

Cities in Cumberland County, PA
Boiling Springs
Camp Hill
Carlisle
Enola
Lemoyne
Mechanicsburg
Mount Holly Springs
Newburg
Newville
Shippensburg
Walnut Bottom

Cities in Dauphin County, PA
Harrisburg
Hershey
Highspire
Hummelstown
Middletown

Cities in Franklin County, PA
Blue Ridge Summit
Chambersburg
Doylesburg
Dry Run
Fannettsburg
Fayetteville
Fort Loudon
Greencastle
Lurgan
Mercersburg
Mont Alto
Orrstown
Pleasant Hall
Saint Thomas
Spring Run
Upperstrasburg
Waynesboro
Willow Hill

Cities in Fulton County, PA
Big Cove Tannery
Burnt Cabins
Crystal Spring
Harrisonville
Hustontown
Mc Connellsburg
Needmore
Warfordsburg
Waterfall
Wells Tannery

Cities in Lancaster County, PA
Bainbridge
Columbia
Conestoga
Drumore
Elizabethtown
Holtwood
Lancaster
Landisville
Marietta
Maytown
Millersville
Mount Joy
Mountville
Peach Bottom
Pequea
Washington Boro

Cities in Lebanon County, PA
Palmyra

Cities in Perry County, PA
Blain
Duncannon
Elliottsburg
Ickesburg
Landisburg
Liverpool
Loysville
Marysville
Millerstown
New Bloomfield
New Germantown
Newport
Shermans Dale

Cities in Schuylkill County, PA
Quakake

Cities in York County, PA
Airville
Brogue
Dallastown
Delta
Dillsburg
Dover
Etters
Fawn Grove
Felton
Glen Rock
Glenville
Hanover
Lewisberry
Manchester
Mount Wolf
New Cumberland
New Freedom
New Park
Red Lion
Seven Valleys
Shrewsbury
Spring Grove
Stewartstown
Thomasville
Wellsville
Windsor
Wrightsville
York
York Haven

Our Locations:

Appleby Systems
1800 Trolley Rd
York, PA 17408
1-717-967-8826
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