5 Evil Culprits of Basement Moisture (And How to Fix It)
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People use their basements for many things. Perhaps yours is a storage space for old furniture and clothes. Or maybe you’ve turned it into a guest bedroom or a bedroom for your kids. Maybe it’s a home gym, or perhaps you’ve built it into your dream man cave or woman cave. Regardless of how you make use of your basement space, one thing is for sure: moisture is not conducive to any of it.
Basement moisture is a major and widespread problem for more reasons than just limiting the basement’s use: It’s a health and sanitation issue due to its effect on indoor air quality and its tendency to lead to severe mold and mildew. In fact, the World Health Organization has concluded that people who live in damp or moldy buildings “have up to a 75 percent greater risk of respiratory symptoms and asthma.” Moisture also hurts the value of your home by degrading its foundation. Perhaps worst of all, many homeowners don’t know what causes basement moisture and how to prevent it. Fortunately, we have a list of five of the most common causes and some recommendations for preventing and fixing the moisture that’s damaging your basement.
1. Leaky Pipes or Hoses
2. Cracks in Windows, Walls, Foundations or Floors
3. Heavy Rains
Depending on the time of year and the climate, heavy rain can also be a cause of basement moisture. Well-built homes are equipped to keep the basement dry even in heavy rains, with the house’s gutter system and downspouts the most important elements of its defense. However, many homeowners fail to properly maintain these tools and they therefore fail when the rains get too heavy.
To keep this from happening to you, make sure you clean your gutters regularly: four times a year if you have many trees near your house or twice a year if you have fewer trees. You also need to ensure your downspouts are pointed away from your home; if they’re pointed towards it, water is likely to pool around the foundation and can easily seep from there into the basement.
4. Improper Grading of the Property’s Lawn
5. Failure to Get Rid of Existing Moisture
Say you’ve either inspected and determined that none of the above four problems exist, or you’ve remedied any issues that may have existed, but you still notice moisture in your basement. The most likely remaining issue is that your house isn’t removing existing moisture as efficiently as it should.
The WAVE Home Solutions Moisture Control Unit is better than a typical basement dehumidifier. It is one of the best solutions to this problem of poor basement and crawl space ventilation. This highly efficient moisture control unit gets rid of humid air and replaces it with clean, dry air, improving the climate and feel of your entire house. Compared to a normal dehumidifier, the WAVE product can save you over $700 a year in energy consumption alone. It also covers much more space than a typical dehumidifier, which is a critical trait if you have a large basement space that needs moisture removal help. WAVE products’ quiet, efficient functioning contrasts sharply with the noise and heat that emanate from most dehumidifiers.