Taking Care of Your Basement 101: How to Keep It Dry

1328142_22499957We all know that wet basements equal nothing good. After all, excess moisture can lead to some serious issues. And of course the last thing that you want to deal with is mold, right?

This is why here at PLANit Builders we always advise our clients on how to keep their basement dry. Today, we have compiled a list of 3 tips to help you in your endeavors. If you are struggling with a humid basement, here’s what you can do to change this:

1. Buy a dehumidifier. Buying a dehumidifier is probably the best thing that you can do for your basement. Dehumidifiers are super simple to use, and though they can prove to be a bit costly at first, buying one is definitely an investment that you won’t regret anytime soon. In a nutshell, dehumidifiers remove extra moisture from the air, preventing the growth of mold in the long run.

2. Keep the foundation of your house dry. Most of the time, a humid basement can be blamed on the landscaping of the terrain it is situated on. Ideally, your house would be located on top of a hill to prevent pools of water from forming around its foundation. Of course there are only so many things that you can change about your terrain, so instead make sure that the ground gently slopes away from your house and that should do the trick.

3. Check your downspouts. And make sure they are properly installed and cleaned. If you don’t have any downspouts, then why are you reading this article?! Go outside and install some right now! Downspouts play a HUGE role in keeping your house dry by collecting water and directing it away from your house. Take care of them well and you should see a definite improvement in your basement.