Basements can become damp places extremely easily. But in order to protect the structure of your home and to avoid extensive damage that could end up costing you a whole lot of money down the line, you need to make a thorough and consistent effort to keep your basement as dry as possible. This can help you to prevent water damage, as well as the growth of mold, fungus and mildew (which can trigger asthma, allergies and illness). Here are a few simple steps that you can carry out in order to achieve this!
Carry Out Waterproofing
As the old saying goes, prevention is better than cure, and there are preventative steps that you can take in order to prevent your basement from becoming damp. An effective basement waterproofing system can remove water seventy percent faster than standard methods of drainage. It will protect the interior of your basement from any incoming moisture and it has the added bonus of ensuring that your basement looks “finished”. You can learn more about this process by visiting HelitechOnline.com.
Use Water Resistant Paint
The houseproud amongst us will generally paint our basement walls to prevent the space from looking like a grey and barren space that could be taken straight from a horror movie. But before your paint your basement walls, make sure to browse the market for some high-quality water-resistant paint. Many homeowners find that moisture and condensation in their basement can cause their walls to “weep”, but this doesn’t have to be the case. Water resistant paint can help to prevent this issue from developing.
Invest in a Dehumidifier
Increasing numbers of us are investing in dehumidifiers to improve the air quality in the main body of our home. So why not purchase one for your basement too? If there’s any area of your property that needs a dehumidifier, it’s safe to say the basement is probably it! A dehumidifier will absorb excess moisture from your basement. If your basement is large, you may need more than one. Consult a sales assistant for advice regarding how many dehumidifiers you will need for the space that you have.
Direct Appliance Vents Outdoors
Many of us will place some of our appliances in our basement space in order to free up room in the main body of our home. If you have a washer, a dryer, a refrigerator, or a freezer in your basement, make sure their vents are directed outdoors. Also check these appliances regularly for leaks and call in a maintenance workers to repair any faults as soon as they are identified.
It may be relatively difficult keeping your basement dry, but your efforts will be worth it in the long run! A dry basement can prevent structural damage and can also ensure that the space is pleasant rather than damp and odorous.
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