8 Ways to Eliminate Basement Moisture | Basements are susceptible to moisture. Heavy rains, leaks, and ground water can cause flooding. From dampness to a foot of water, any moisture can cause major damage.
At Northeast Property Restoration we find that basements are the #1 area for disasters. Both water damage and mold growth can happen. However, don’t feel discouraged if water and flooding continually occur. There are many affordable ways you can dry your basement and eliminate water intrusion.
Water or moisture in basements comes from two sources.
1. Indoor Humidity: condenses on cold surfaces, much like water droplets form on a cold drink on a humid day.
2. Water or Water Vapor: comes from outside, rainwater, melting snow or groundwater can saturate the soil around your foundation and leak in.
Tip: Tape aluminum foil to your basement wall and inspect it a few days later. Moisture on the outside surface means there’s high indoor humidity, moisture behind the foil means water is leaking through the walls.
If your basement leaks due to heavy rains or large amounts of snow melts, the water may not be properly diverted from your home’s foundation.
Gutters are placed on a home to catch and channel water to the downspouts, so the water is directed away from the house.
Make sure your home has gutters & downspouts. Install more downspouts to help move the water away from the foundation or lengthen the ones you have to about 4- to 6-ft. Lengthening will help ensure the water is moved far away from your home’s foundation.
Holes and cracks in your foundation can let moisture and water seep into your basement.
Waterproofing materials that go on like paint fill the pores in the concrete or masonry walls and prevent water from leaking in.
Water buildup can be due to poor drainage.
Have you noticed condensation dripping from pipes? This can contribute to basement water problems.
Eliminating the sources of humid air will help dry out your basement.
Severe basement water damage could end in a costly expense. Therefore, eliminate water intrusion before is gets worse. Use the information above to determine what will work for your basement issues and expenses. Also, you can contact us today for a free inspection and estimate. We can help find how the water is coming in and inform you on the best way to solve the problem.