Causes and Cures for a Humid Basement

Humid BasementA typical problem for a large number of homeowners is a damp basement. Without proper maintenance, a wet basement can lead to expensive repairs, and the property value will be reduced. Humidity in the basement is primarily caused by poor surface drainage. When a home has proper drainage, water flows away from the house. Standing water is an indication of a home with poor surface drainage. Clogged downspouts and gutters, and high levels of outdoor moisture can also cause basement humidity. Undetected drainage such as a leaky roof or water heater can be other causes for humidity in the basement.

It is fairly easy to detect a water damaged basement. Evidence of the damage may include visible mold or mildew, a musty odor, water stained carpets or floor tile, and rotting wood. Dampness on the floors and walls of the foundation, metal objects showing signs of rust, and peeling or flaking paint are also signs of water damage. Homeowners who are faced with these indications should have their home checked for leaks to help determine the cause of the dampness. Once the source has been found, you can take the necessary steps to eliminate condensation and keep your basement dry.

The best way to remove dampness is with a basement dehumidifier. A model that can effectively remove one hundred pints of moisture a day are the most effective. Your home is protected against dampness, energy bills will be lower, and the interior air quality will greatly improve. A basement dehumidifier will also help to eliminate insects. Another option is to waterproof the entire basement. Those who consider this option should conduct a comprehensive research to find a reputable waterproofing contractor who will supply a written estimate. Get three or four estimates and choose the one that offers the best service at the best price. Those who prefer to do it themselves can purchase a basement waterproofing kit.

A wide variety of basement dehumidifiers are available for purchase online and from local retail stores. Their prices range from budget rate, to fairly expensive, according to size, features, and manufacturer. They are produced in sleek energy efficient styles with prices that will suit any budget. There are slim designs made especially for small spaces, as well as dual models that also work as air cleaners. No matter what size home you have, you will find a basement dehumidifier to suit your needs.

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