How to Avoid a Damp, Humid Basement

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 by nvadmin

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Advice from Basement Waterproofing Specialists

Any Northern Virginia homeowner knows that a damp basement can cause water damage, which can be stressful and expensive to restore. While you may picture a flood as the biggest danger to your basement, something as simple as too much humidity in your basement can set you up for water damage.

As a basement waterproofing company, we know the importance of keeping your basement’s humidity levels low. We are dedicated to providing basement waterproofing solutions in the greater DC area that keep our customers’ basements dry and humidity-free. Here is our expert advice for identifying extra humidity in your basement as well as preventing or getting rid of it:


How Do I Know if My Basement is Too Humid?

If your basement has excess humidity, you may notice the following:

  • Condensation on windows
  • A musty smell
  • Water stains on foundation walls
  • Deteriorating cardboard boxes (if stored in basement)
  • Mold: If you find mold, contact a mold removal specialist immediately.


Preventing/Getting Rid of Humidity

1. Run a Dehumidifier

Dehumidifiers are an affordable and convenient method for helping get rid of extra humidity. Aptly named, dehumidifiers rid the air of moisture, which gives mold and allergens no room to grow, and helps keep your house’s structure dry and sturdy. A dehumidifier can also help people with allergies breathe a bit easier, making it an all-around worthy investment. A dehumidifier paired with expert basement waterproofing from NV Waterproofing is sure to keep humidity out of your home. NV Waterproofing also sells an exceptional dehumidifier called the Sanidry Sedona!


2. Shut Off the Heater

If your basement gets particularly cold during the winter season, you may have installed a space heater or kerosene heater downstairs to keep the living space warm. While you certainly need to be comfortable in your own home, some of these personal heaters can add excess humidity to your basement. Keep the heater off when nobody is in the basement, or bundle up with layers to keep warm in exchange for keeping the heater off sometimes.


3. Clean Up Spills Immediately

Naturally, getting rid of spilled water helps prevent too much humidity. If you spill something in the basement, or notice a puddle of water on the floor, clean it up immediately. This will not only help keep humidity out of the air but will prevent your floor and basement structures from getting water damage. If you notice standing puddles of water on your basement floor more than once, your foundation likely has leaks, and will need to be repaired by a professional foundation repair company like Waterproofing as soon as possible.


4. Search for (and Fix) Leaky Pipes

Leaking pipes are a nuisance for several reasons, but the extra humidity they add to your basement is one of the worst. Have you noticed a higher than usual water bill recently? Does your basement have a musty smell? Is there a dripping sound you can’t quite identify? If so, inspect the pipes around your house, especially in your basement. If you notice any leaking, contact a professional to have them repaired as soon as possible.


5. Keep Your Basement Dry With NV Waterproofing!

NV Waterproofing offers professional basement waterproofing in Northern Virginia, DC, and Maryland. Basement waterproofing helps keep your humidity low and keep water outside where it belongs. We will ensure that your basement is protected, dry, and comfortable year round.


Don’t let a damp, humid basement lead to water damage. Get started with a free estimate!

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