Dehumidification 101

Dehumidification 101

Preventing basement and crawl space moisture buildup is important, but a lot of homeowners tend to forget this. A damp basement can lead to other problems that may degrade your building’s structural integrity including:

Mold and Dust Mites Odor
  • Wood Rotting
  • Mold Growth
  • Foul Smelling Odors
  • Vermin and Insect Infestation

In order to keep your basement and crawl space dry, you need to dehumidify your property correctly. Here are a few tips to help get you started.

Routine Ductwork and Ventilation Maintenance is a Must

Make it a habit to have your ductwork and ventilation regularly maintained. These two systems control the airflow in your home, but they could easily disrupt the circulation when they are damaged. Leaks and inefficient airflow invite moisture into your basement. However, dealing with these problems is not a task meant for the inexperienced.

It’s best left to professionals who are highly trained in searching for the root causes of your ductwork and ventilation problems. They also have the equipment to deal with complex repair jobs in areas of your building where that are hard to work on.

Deal with the Air Leaks

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On the other hand, air leaks that are located in your basement’s surfaces or nearby pipes can be repaired on your own. If you’re dealing with big leaks, you can use canned polyurethane foam to cover them up. However, if you are up against small holes you can use caulk or acrylic latex caulk for a neater patch job. Use high-temperature caulk if the leaks are in areas that tend to get hot (e.g. pipe vents and furnaces). Silicone is also a good sealant for leaks that are in nonporous material, like metal.

Get a Basement Dehumidifier and a Sump Pump

If you want to fully protect your basement from dampness, consider getting a basement dehumidifier and a sump pump. The dehumidifier reduces the levels of vapor in the air, ensuring that moisture never accumulates. On the other hand, a sump pump keeps your basement dry by drawing liquid away from your basement and diverting it outdoors. The sump pump can also handle large volumes of water that a flooding incident may have brought in.

 

 

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