The humid summer is not only uncomfortable but it is also a nuisance. The moisture in the basement can cause serious health, structural and economic problems. Adding functional living spaces is often a priority for homeowners. However, the basement has challenges, and the project could quickly falter. To avoid unexpected headaches, we will look at some of the more common basement problems and how to solve them.
Problems with a damp basement
Moist basements are commonplace enough to become a cliche. However, this can cause serious problems.
- Mold or mildew
- Structural damage
- Pest problem
- Indoor air quality (IAQ) issue
- Peeling of paint or wallpaper
- Floor material deflection
- Destruction of property
If the basement is moist or humid, decreasing the humidity in the basement is of primary concern. Trivial housing equipment can lead to economic losses. Fortunately, the water problem in the basement is solvable.
How to solve a problem
There are three leading causes when the basement is damp or humid:
- Water leak
- infiltration of water (rain or groundwater)
- High humidity
If there is a water leak somewhere in the system, it should be easy to tell. Use all the water and water in the home turn off the electrical appliances. Next, find the main water meter (usually located near the front curb) and open it. In many cases, water from outside comes into the house because the slope do not divert water properly. Other causes of water infiltration include:
- Improper or damaged gutters or downpipes.
- Be unsloped from underground water.
- Lack or malfunction of the underground drainage system.
If you think water is coming in from outside, take the time to evaluate the gutter, downspouts and surface slope. Consider extending the gutter to keep the water away from the house. High humidity is also a problem. Water leaks, unventilated clothes dryers, humidifiers, food preparation, bathrooms, and damp outside air can increase humidity levels in a room. If the condensate drainage system of the air conditioner is not working correctly, contact your specialist technician to resolve the issue.
Step by step containment of basement solution
- Find and control moisture sources.
- During the summer, the outside air is not ventilated.
- To improve a slope, a rain gutter, and a downpipe.
- Installing or improving exterior wall drainage systems.
- install a sump pump.
When it comes to the problem of moisture in the cellar, we should first address the source. After the head is removed and controlled, you can maintain proper indoor humidity levels with dehumidification and ventilation.