Preventing Humidity in Your Basement

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A high level of humidity in a basement is not only uncomfortable: It can also cause damage to the structure of the basement itself. What’s more, as you probably already know, moisture and mold tend to go hand in hand. Since mold can be dangerous to your health (and mold in the basement is probably the last thing that you want to deal with) preventing humidity in your basement should never be overlooked.

A dehumidifier truly becomes your best friend in humid weathers. Dehumidifiers prevent and can even repair damage to your home. How it works is fairly simple: A fan in the unit removes excess moisture from the air. When the air passes through the dehumidifier, the cooling coils proceed to pull the moisture from it. The air is then reheated and redistributed throughout the room. You can usually find the moisture that was pulled from the air in the unit’s reservoir.

If this is not enough to prevent humidity in your basement, it is always a good idea to speak to professionals. Your ventilation contractor, for one, might help you figure out whether your system is properly equipped to remove humidity in your basement.

Remember that small things help too. Try to leave the door to your basement open as often as possible. You might even want to consider buying a fan and running it every now and then.

If those tips still don’t work, you might be suffering from basement water leaks. In this case, you will need to call on the help of a plumber. Water leaks can signal important damage to the foundation of your home, so it is important that you never leave them untreated.

Enjoy your dry basement this summer!