When you think of potential sources of water damage in your basement, you likely think of rain and snow. However, there is one sneaky source of moisture that often gets overlooked: humidity. Moisture can make its way into your home through humidity, and it can be easy to ignore yet dangerous to the integrity of your house. If you are interested in humidity control for your basement, read on to learn what damages humidity can cause and what you can do to treat a humidity problem.
Damages Caused By Humidity
When humidity isn’t taken care of in your basement, the following damages can result:
- Paint or wallpaper discoloration and peeling
- Mold and mildew growth
- Drywall and wood paneling warping
- Damaged furniture or damage to other stored items
- Rust damage to any metal surfaces
- Pest infestations
- Severe foundation cracking
Moisture can affect your basement in the same way any other water issue might, but it will be much less noticeable at first. Fortunately, there are ways to practice humidity control in your basement.
Treat Humidity By Investing in a Humidifier
A humidifier removes excess moisture from the air. You are then responsible for emptying the accompanying tank or draining the water out of your home. The best dehumidifiers run on their own and allow you to measure the current moisture in the air.
Practice Window Care
If you have other humidity issues in your home, window care can be applied throughout your property. Window care includes taking precautions on how air or water comes through your windows by placing caulking along the edges of the windows. Fix any broken panes, repair old frames, or replace the window entirely. Your windows have openings that may allow humid weather to creep in, as well as rain and melted snow.
During peak times of humidity, run fans throughout your basement. This doesn’t need to be a daily task but can be used when you notice that condensation and humidity are present. The fans will clear out the moisture and prevent the air from getting moist and stale, ready to breed mold and mildew.
Good Outdoor Ventilation
If you have a washer and dryer in your basement, make sure the dryer has appropriate ventilation to the outside. You should also ensure there is no leaking in the piping, so no moisture from these machines enters your basement.
Hire a Basement Waterproofing Company
When you work with All Aspects Waterproofing, you can guarantee excellent humidity control for your basement. We will ensure that your basement, crawl space, and foundation are protected from humidity and water damage from all sources.
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