Tips for Combating Basement Humidity
In the DC Metro area, when it gets hot in the summer, it also gets humid! Not only does that mean moisture in the air outside, but when air comes inside your home and is cooled, it can increase relative humidity. So, what happens if you have damp air circulating through your home? If you have existing moisture issues in your basement, it could mean trouble.
Why Is Basement Humidity Bad for Your Home?
Water in your home where it’s not supposed to be can wreak havoc on your floors, walls, and even the air you breathe throughout your HVAC system. While it’s not the humidity itself that’s harmful, the average temperature of your home is perfect for bacteria and mold growth when there’s too much moisture in the air.
What Are The Signs?
The signs of basement humidity aren’t always obvious but can start with musty odors, a general feeling of dampness, and increased allergy or asthma symptoms. As the problem worsens, you may notice water damage and stains, condensation on surfaces in your home, and rotting wood. Issues like pooling water and mold growth signs indicate a long-standing basement humidity problem.
How Can You Decrease Humidity?
Ideally, your home’s air should be about 35%-50% humidity; this will prevent microbes from growing and ensure the surfaces in your home that need a little extra humidity, like wooden floors, don’t warp and crack. If you’re in a pinch, you can get a dehumidifier for your basement that will remove and condense the water in the air. However, as with any water issue in your home, we recommend having a professional inspection to assess any damage or other underlying issues. Having a reputable professional come in and take a look at what’s going on will make sure you’re addressing the issue correctly, so you don’t need to worry about it creeping back.
Contact All Aspects Waterproofing Today for Basement Waterproofing!
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