Basement Finishing: Control Humidity

Basement finishing is a great way to add value to your home. Humidity control is a vital step to ensure clean indoor air. Whether you are interested in a man cave or family room, basements are great gathering places. The more time you spend in your basement, the more you want to make sure the indoor air quality of your basement is good. Poor indoor air quality can affect you and your home.

Indoor air pollution is the number one environmental health concern according to the World Health Organization and the Environmental Protection Agency. Many homeowners are unaware of the effects high humidity and low humidity can have on their health.

Check out “Effective Virus Protection by Controlling Humidity”

Basement Humidity is Too High

Installing a whole-home dehumidifier or basement dehumidifier is the best way to ensure basement humidity does not get too high. Many experts agree mold can begin to grow when relative humidity is above 60%. Relative humidity and temperature equate to dew point. Dew point is when a material begins to give off moisture. Like a cold glass of tea on a hot summer day. Sweating building materials and home furnishings lead to condensation during high dew points. Condensation leads to mold. Dew Point Explainer Video.

Controlling basement humidity is one of the best ways to ensure dew point and condensation are kept in check. Standing water can still create mold problems, but dehumidifiers are great at drying water quickly. If you have a flooded basement, install a basement waterproofing system immediately. If you have a humid basement, install a dehumidifier immediately.

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Waterproof the Basement Floor

As mentioned in last week’s article, 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. Here is the article from last week if you’d like to learn more about waterproofing your basement floor.

Do you need help controlling humidity in your basement? If so, please contact Crawl Space Ninja and we will be glad to help. Also, let us know in the comments below if you’d like to suggest a future blog post.

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