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Tips To Prevent/Resolve A Basement Humidity Problem

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Having a basement in your home can dramatically change the size of available living space. It adds value to your property and is usually more thermally efficient than a home without a basement. However, it must be kept dry. If the words “damp” and “musty” can be used to describe your basement, you may have a humidity problem.

A damp basement can lead to challenges such as mold, damage to structural integrity and health problems. If you think that you have moisture problems in your basement, you will probably want to follow a few waterproofing strategies to help remedy the situation.

• Diagnosing Water Problems

Moisture that appears in your basement can stem from different sources. One of these sources being indoor humidity. Water droplets can form on cold surfaces in your basement.

Unfortunately, this can lead to unwanted condensation. A second source of moisture comes from water that leaks inside of your home through porous concrete or cracks in your foundation.

To inspect your basement walls for moisture, take some aluminum foil and tape it to the wall by using duct tape. In a few days, inspect the area to see if there is any moisture underneath or on the outside of the aluminum foil.

If you find moisture on the surface, this indicates a humidity problem. Moisture that’s found underneath of the aluminum foil will indicate that you have a leak in the wall.

Dehumidification May Be Needed To Rid Your Home Of It’s Humidity Problem…..

If the source of your humidity problem is due to excess moisture in the air, you’ll need to eliminate any culprits that are adding to the issue. One cause of excess humidity may be a leaky dryer vent. If this is causing you problems, seal these vents by wrapping them with foil tape.

Is there a bathroom in your basement? Be sure to have a vent fan installed in the bathroom and use it during showers. This will help contain excess humidity so that it does not escape into the rest of your basement. You may need to look into dehumidification if you’re still having challenges with moisture balance.

• Insulate Pipes

Moisture can also come from any water pipes that are exposed. If condensation builds up on your pipes, the moisture will eventually start to drip and could cause water problems in the future.

By utilizing proactive waterproofing strategies, you can cover your cold water pipes with insulation to stop the threat. Complete this job by utilizing foam pipe insulation. It is easy to cut and fairly inexpensive.

• Insulate Basement Walls

Another trick to cut down on excess moisture in your basement is by insulating the walls. If you live in an area that has a cold climate, insulating the walls in your basement can also help lower your heating bill.

If you do decide to take this step, make sure that you have zero leaks coming in from the outside environment. You definitely don’t want to trap moisture in between your walls and insulation.

• Avoid Foundation Water Problems

Once you have tackled the humidity problems in your basement and installed solutions to stop excess moisture, you’ll want to make sure that you don’t have any water buildup outside of your foundation.

If you have any type of leaks after a heavy rain or winter thaw, it’s best if you divert that water away from your foundation. Over time, your house may begin to settle. This can create an area where water runoff will collect.

You can solve this problem by creating a slope that will carry the water away from your home. A good rule of thumb is to use a slope that is 6 feet wide with a gradual 4 inch drop. You may also want to add some 6-mil poly sheeting. Hide it with a layer of soil or gravel.

• Add Gutters/Extend Downspouts

Do you have an area outside of your foundation were excess water pools after it rains? Check to see if that water is spilling off of your roof. You may need to install gutters so that rainwater is redirected elsewhere.

You can utilize downspout extensions that come in sizes ranging from 4 to 6 feet. These will ensure that water is moved away from your house so that doesn’t have a chance to invade your basement.

By using proactive waterproofing strategies and eliminating moisture problems when they are small, you will avoid having a massive problem in the future that could cost thousands of dollars to fix….

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