Prevention is the First Line of Attack Against Basement Moisture

basement moistureHumidity from basement moisture can cause the foundation and walls in your basement to rot, leading to extensive structural damage, as well as health problems from inhaling contaminated humid air. Read on to learn how to prevent your basement air from becoming too humid.

  • During humid weather, use a dehumidifier in the basement to remove excess moisture and to prevent condensation from forming on the walls.
  • Inspect the ventilation fans and clothes dryer vent in the bathroom and kitchen to ensure that airflow is being directed outside your home.
  • Have a contractor check that your HVAC system is properly sized to remove basement moisture and humidity.
  • After rainy weather, look for standing water (puddles) that may be on the basement floor, caused by foundation leaks. Hire a contractor to immediately fix the foundation and/or leaks that come from other rooms in your home, such as the bathroom or kitchen.
  • Place items such as paperwork, books, furniture and clothing in areas away from the basement walls, or remove them completely to prevent mold growth and increased humidity levels.
  • Hire a contractor who specializes in basement moisture issues if leaks have already caused the development of mold.
  • At least once a month, open the door and run an oscillating fan inside the basement for 1 to 2 hours to promote circulation.

At Dry Foundation Technologies in Asheville, NC, we offer basement waterproofing systems, foundation stabilization, and crawlspace moisture control systems. We look forward to helping you prevent the damaging effects of water on your property!

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