If you own a home with a basement, whether finished or not, it’s important to understand why you should keep your basement dry. Keeping your basement dry and safe is beneficial to your home’s structure as well as the health and safety of your family. With that said, the team here at Foundation Repairs & Home Improvements want to help all our clients understand the importance of having a dry basement.
We all know how problematic a wet basement can be. From simple issues such as a saturated carpet right on out to major problems such as structural damage caused by flooding, a wet basement is something we all want and need to avoid. When flooding occurs in your basement there are a number of ways to tackle the problem. From a sump pump or drainage system, to structural repairs, each helps to stop water from making its way into your basement. It is important to keep water out of your basement since, when standing, it causes mold and mildew infestation which can be quite harmful to both your home and your family.
Much of the air that you breathe in your home originated in your basement and worked its way upwards into your living space. When your basement gets flooded and even if your basement is only damp and musty smelling, dangerous pollutants are released into the air. These pollutants can, over time, contaminate the atmospheres in your entire home, breed excessive mold and mildew and, as mentioned above, affect the overall health of your family. Indeed, mold and mildew infestation can be quite dangerous and is something we all want to avoid.
For those homes that do not suffer from flooding, but rather have excessive moisture in their basements investing in a basement dehumidifier can be the ideal solution for you. A dehumidifier will help to minimize the moisture in your basement and since mold and mildew need moisture to grow, will also reduce the presence of each. There is a wide range of dehumidifiers on the market today that are not only innovative and effective but energy efficient as well. However, running your dehumidifier all of the time and using inappropriate settings can lead to an increase in your electric bill. With this in mind, the professionals here at Foundation Repairs & Home Improvements want to advise you to use a setting below 60% relative humidity in your efforts to inhibit the growth of mold, save on your utility bills and enjoy the comfort of a dry basement.
If you are looking for an alternative solution to an excessive moisture problem in your basement you may want to look into purchasing a quality air exchanger. An air exchanger creates a continuous flow of air in your basement so as to remove moisture within the basement space. In addition, an air exchanger will also help to remove unpleasant odors, mold spores, pollutants and indoor gases from the atmosphere while replenishing the atmosphere with warmer and drier air from the upper levels of your home.
If you are uncertain which course of action is best suited to your home and needs, then worry no more. The friendly professionals here at Foundation Repairs & Home Improvements are on hand to help you determine which solution suits your home and budget best. Our professionals stand ready to answer all your questions, address your every concern and assist with all your decision making.
If you have issues with water or excessive moisture in your basement, then we are the team for you. Simply give a call out to our staff and schedule your free consultation today. We look forward to serving you and to providing you with effective solutions for obtaining a dry basement in your home. Don’t delay. Contact our team today. With the holidays upon us, we want to send along wishes from our family to yours for a safe and Happy New Year ahead!!