How to Control Different Sources of Basement Moisture
Basement moisture is a cause for great concern amongst home owners. It encourages the growth of mold whose spores can cause serious health problems. It also results in a compromise in energy efficiency as well as pest infestation.
The following are some strategies to apply in controlling basement moisture from different sources:
- Moisture from occupant activity
Moisture in the basement can result from occupant activity. This includes activities such as cooking, taking hot showers or drying clothes. Many people vent their dryers into the home in order to recover heat. While this may save you money in heating bills, it will result in higher indoor humidity levels.
Ensure that dryers are vented to the outside. Invest in a hood to vent steam out of the home. Bathrooms should also be properly vented to prevent high humidity levels.
- Water seepage
Water seepage through the foundation walls and floors is one of the most common sources of moisture in basements. In many cases, seepage is a sign of failure of the foundation. You can’t afford to ignore this failure as it often becomes worse with time.
It is important to get in touch with a professional waterproofing contractor to have your foundation inspected. This will ensure that you understand the underlying cause for the seepage and are therefore able to address it properly.
Water seepage can be dealt with in various ways depending on the underlying cause for the seepage. Waterproofing your foundation may include investing in a sump pump, installing a waterproofing barrier and clearing your gutters.
- Humid air from the outdoors
Humid air infiltrating your home can result in moisture in the basement. This can be easily controlled by investing in a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier will help to control the level of moisture in the air circulating in the basement. This will prevent the buildup of moisture in the space.
- Vapor from the soil
Moisture in the soil can enter the basement through the floor. This can be felt more clearly in the summer when basement humidity levels are elevated and the outdoors are dry. A dehumidifier can help to control humidity levels in the basement. However, in some cases, this may not be adequate. In these instances, installing a sub-slab depressurization system will help to keep soil moisture out of the basement. These systems also serve to keep radon gas out of the basement.
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