Basement Dehumidification

In additional to making the area uncomfortable, basement humidity causes many problems in a home.  Peeling wallpaper and paint, warped basement floors and sub floors, rusting tools, and moisture dripping from basement pipes are all signs of humidity in the basement.  Additionally, moisture in basement air makes the area harder to heat and cool, making the house less energy efficient.
Humidity in the basement also leads to mold.  When mold finds its way into a basement, it grows and spread until you stop it.  Mold ruins things in your basement and is often found with bacteria, rot, insects, termites and rodents.  To make the situation worse, mold creates spores that are hazardous to your health.  As these spores travel through your home, they cause health problems and can irritate eyes, ears, the nose, and the throat, and can create all sorts of health problems.  Pregnant women, children, and elderly people are at an especially high risk.
Bad basement wallsMold needs three things to grow:  organic material (dust, food particles, drywall coating, some wallpaper glues, etc), warm temperatures, and a relative humidity of over 60%.  Since you can’t remove all the organic material from the room and keeping the room below 60 degrees at all times is not a comfortable solution, the only practical way to keep mold from growing is to control your humidity level.
Basement floors, pipes, walls, and other floors that have been covered with mold-preventative coatings are sometimes used to help prevent mold.  However, even when these coatings work on the surfaces they’re applied to, any boxes, wood furniture, cloth, cushioned furniture, holiday supplies, books, or anything else that you bring into your basement that has organic material is still going to be susceptible to mold.  And if it is, you’ll still have humid air and all its other disadvantages.
The best way to protect your basement is to take care of the whole basement- not just the coated surfaces.  The best way to protect your basement is to dehumidify the space.

Basement Dehumidification

Not all basement dehumidifiers are built the same way.  When you’re shopping for the best one for you, consider these features:

  1. Top-quality dehumidifiers will also filter the basement air.  Some can even remove mold spores and airborne dust mite fecal material from your cellar.
  2. Some basement dehumidifiers can also filter the air for odors and musty smells in the basement, keeping them from seeping into the main house area as well as your basement.
  3. A strong basement dehumidifier will be able to dry out the walls, floors, and furniture as well as the air.  We recommend a model than can remove at least 90 pints of water per day.
  4. Never buy a dehumidifier that doesn’t drain itself automatically.  Most good dehumidifiers do not use buckets and collection trays.  Once they fill, the dehumidifier will shut off and stop drying the basement.
  5. Buy a dehumidifier that allows you to set the humidity level so you can be sure it’s lowered below 60% and keeping your basement free of mold, mildew and dust mites.
  6. If you’d like to dehumidify multiple sections of your basement, find a dehumidifier that can be ducted into other areas of the basement.
  7. If possible, find a basement dehumidifier with an Energy Star rating.  While these are hard to find, they can save a lot of money in the long run and they do more for your basement than any other product.

Basement General Contractors

A dry basement is a great place to store your possessions.  It takes more to keep the basement dry than just a sump pump- you need a strong basement dehumidifier to keep your basement mold free and dry.  Your basement waterproofing contractor can help you find a basement dehumidification system that’s perfect for you and will help you make the most out of your home.  The contractors we’ve screened and chosen offer free estimates and a written warranty for all their products.  We check out licensed basement home improvement experts with the Better Business Bureau as well as their references.  Your basement contractor will be trained to make your home dry, energy efficient, and comfortable.  The basement waterproofing contractors that we’ve selected offer free estimates and written warranties and are licensed home improvement contractors in good standing with the Better Business Bureau.  Your basement contractor can offer an independent contractor agreement that can help make sure that your basement is ready to use as a dry storage area that will increase the value of your home and make it easier to sell.  You want to make the most out of your investment, and we can find the basement waterproofing contractor who can do the most for you!

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