Control Humidity in Your Basement

Excessive moisture and humidity in basements make them susceptible to a range of costly problems. Elevated humidity levels, whether from external flooding, internal condensation, or other sources, can create an environment ripe for mold and mildew growth. This not only poses a health risk but can also lead to foundation damage and structural issues like bowing walls

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Options for Basement Humidity Control

By proactively managing your basement’s humidity, we help maintain its structural integrity and create a healthier living space. In choosing how to control humidity, we work with homeowners to implement the most effective solution for their home and their local conditions. Here are different options for basement humidity control:

Waterproofing Basement Floor

Many homeowners overlook the effects the floor of the basement has on humidity. The basement floor can also condensate. Warm air hitting a cold basement floor creates condensation. Waterproofing basement floors can significantly reduce basement humidity. 

Repairing Cracked Concrete

Every basement floor is cracked to some degree, some are severe and allow water to enter via hydrostatic pressure while others do not. Even just cosmetic concrete cracks can allow enough humidity in to damage flooring materials. Repairing these cracks is another effective way to mitigate humidity in your basement. 

Waterproof Floor Covering

We recommend using tile for basement flooring and humidity control. However, if you are installing carpet, laminate, vinyl or hardwood, a waterproof dimple floor covering should be installed  beforehand. For this barrier we recommend DMX products for waterproofing and humidity control which have the added benefits of  keeping your floors warmer.

Whole Home Dehumidifier

Installing a whole-home dehumidifier is a highly effective strategy for maintaining optimal humidity levels in your basement. Mold growth becomes a risk when relative humidity surpasses the 60% threshold. This is because high dew points, caused by humidity, make your materials sweat with condensation, leading to mold formation.  Controlling this is crucial for maintaining a healthy living environment.

The Cost of Basement Humidity

View an overview of the costly problems caused by basement humidity with Michael Church, owner of Crawl Space Ninja Knoxville. For more informational videos, check out our YouTube channel.

Do you need to control humidity in your basement? Reach out today for a free quote!

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