Keeping your basement moisture-free can feel like an uphill battle. However, as difficult as it can be, keeping your basement dry is absolutely essential. Not only can moisture in the basement cause a musty smell that permeates your entire house, but it can also lead to ongoing mold problems.
To help you eliminate moisture in your basement, here are some tips to get you started:
Install a dehumidifier
Basements tend to be more humid than the rest of your home. However, this is easy enough to fix. For less than $200, you can get a dehumidifier that will help reduce the moisture and humidity in your basement.
Repair any settlement and foundation cracks
Even if your home is new, it’s still prone to settlement and foundation cracks. While some cracks are harmless, they can nevertheless let in moisture from rain and snow. While more serious crack should be repaired by professionals, minor ones can be easily fixed with a cold chisel, a mallet, a putty knife and patching cement.
Reduce seepage around the basement
Did you know that cleaning your gutters can prevent basement moisture as well as roof damage? It’s true, and there are many other sources of seepage that you should deal with in and around your home to further eliminate moisture. Regrading the soil around your foundation walls can prevent water from moving toward the foundation. You can also direct downspouts away from the basement walls with downspout extensions.
Tired of battling with basement moisture? Call Ivy Lea Construction at 716-875-8654. Our professional basement finishing and remodeling services will seal leaks, prevent moisture and add value to your home in the long run.