9 Ways To Prevent Humidity In Your Basement
From the dampness causing the walls and foundation to rot to manifesting mold, humidity can cause a large amount of damage to your basement. For the most part, humidity in your basement is most likely caused by water leaks from other parts of your home and household activities including cooking and bathing. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t reduce the effect of humidity of your home.
- Use a dehumidifier in your basement during humid weather in order to remove any excess moisture from the air and help to prevent condensation that could form on the concrete walls.
- Make sure to inspect your clothes dryer vent and the ventilation fans that are located into the kitchen and bathrooms to ensure that there is proper airflow throughout the house.
- Open the door to your basement at least once a month while running an oscillating fan in your basement for around 1 or 2 hours to promote air circulation.
- Place any materials such as furniture, clothing, books, and any paperwork in the area away from the basement walls or have them removed from the basement completely in order to prevent any mold growth or increase in humidity levels.
- Make sure to inspect your basement regularly for any water leakage. Places where pipes are or areas in the home that are prone to moisture.
- Clean out your rain gutters and downspout runoffs on a regular basis in order for you to prevent flooding and standing water in your basement. This is especially important during the autumn months when the leaves are falling into your gutters.
- Examine the outside of your home to ensure that the ground slopes down and away from your home’s foundation which can help prevent basement leaks and flooding.
- You need to check your sump pump to ensure it is continuing to work properly to prevent your basement from flooding.
- If you find any leaks or mold in your home, make sure to contact AAA Waterproofing for all of your mold remediation, basement waterproofing, and foundation repair needs.