How to Dry Out a Wet Basement

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Basements don’t always have a good reputation, that’s for sure. While they are known for being cold and dark, they also often tend to be wet. Sometimes, all a basement needs is a musty smell and a high level of humidity to classify as a wet basement. Fortunately for many people, drying out a wet basement is not as difficult as it sounds. Unless you are experiencing a major case of basement flooding, there is most likely a way to fix it by yourself.

The first thing that you will have to do is remove the water, if there is any. You can do that with a mop and a few towels. Once this is done, we recommend that you open the windows and air the area out (assuming that the weather outside permits it, of course). If you do not own one, we also recommend buying and running a dehumidifier in your basement to remove the excess moisture present in it. Some people also like to run fans regularly to circulate the air.

Keep in mind that to avoid mildew problems, sometimes getting rid of water-damaged furnitures and possessions is inevitable,

After having dried your basement properly, the next step consists of figuring out the source of the water. Depending on your basement, the overall health of your house and where you live (among several other factors), a wet basement can be linked to a number of issues and problems that can prove to be costly in the long run. Finding the source of the water and fixing it should therefore be your main priority. Thankfully, numerous resources to help you along the way are available online such as this one.