Basement moisture is problematic for many reasons because:
…..It can damage appliances
…..it can lead to mold growth
…..it can damage the foundation of the home
…..it can make the basement unusable as living space
There are many ways to address moisture and take away any moldy smells, potential damage and help you regain living space in your home.
Keep in mind, it is almost impossible to rid a basement of moisture completely. Because of the very nature of where the basement is located – below ground and surrounded by dirt – there will typically always be moisture and dampness issues. This doesn’t mean, though that you can’t take steps to reduce moisture and wetness.
Basement flooding is not what we are talking about here. Rather the concern is that moisture that makes its way into your basement from the groundwater.
Here are some of the ways that moisture in your basement can be addressed, however, these may only be stop-gap measures and not permanent solutions.
- Reduce the amount of water that is seeping into the basement. This may require rerouting the downspouts, adding soil or re-grading the soil around the foundation and basement walls.
- Seal the wall on the outside foundation area.
- Install a sump pump. Assure it’s working properly by performing tests on it at least monthly.
- Repair any cracks or broken areas on the basement floor.
- Install a dehumidifier to reduce the moisture in the basement.