Damp Basement Remedies
Friday, October 5, 2012 • 10:21am
Picture this: You put your cereal bowl upside down on the lawn and leave it there for a few hours. Would you now eat out of that bowl? Or would it be damp and unhealthy?
Your family lives over a hole in the ground. It has concrete walls and a concrete floor but it is what it is: a hole in the ground.
A healthy home needs a healthy basement. You can't have one without the other. A healthy basement should be a standard, not a luxury.
Uncontrolled water, moisture and humidity can allow nature can take a foothold in your basement. When you have moisture in the basement you get other things in the basement associated with that moisture, bad smells, mold, mildew, insects of all kinds, dry rot, rust and rodents.
Understanding the Problem
To correct basement moisture problems, it is necessary to understand where the water and moisture is coming from. Water and moisture enter from the outside of the building to the basement interior four ways:
1. Water through the floor.
2. Water through the walls
3. Water vapor through the walls and floor
4. Humidity through the air
Dryness is paramount to a healthy basement. If your basement is damp or floods on occasion your first concern must be in controlling the water that invades it. Cracks can be repaired or a French Drain and sump pump can be installed. The French Drain and sump pump will control numbers 1 & 2.
Once the water intrusion is brought under control the next step is to deal with the water vapor and humidity. To remove the water vapor and humidity in the basement a ventilation system is required. A ventilation system will replace the air in the basement with fresher air from the upper floors four to six times per day automatically with no bucket to empty or filter to replace.
A simple dehumidifier will not work because it does not promote air circulation and only operates during the warmer months. A basement ventilation system such as the E-Z Breathe ventilation system will remove humidity and give air exchanges continuously throughout the day.
When it comes to removing humidity and water vapor you need a ventilation system that works year round. The E-Z Breathe Ventilation System is a better than a dehumidifier because it works 12 months a year and not just in the warmest months. This whole house ventilation system is a device that expels the dampest, most humid & contaminated air from your basement to the outside.
Once the damp air is exhausted outside it is replaced with dry air from the higher levels of your house. It has a humidistat, turning itself on and off as humidity levels increase and decrease. This ventilation system will work year round unlike a dehumidifier which can only operate in the warmest months.
Okay, now here comes the good part: no buckets to empty, no filters to replace and only uses about $2 A MONTH of electricity. No wonder E-Z Breathe is called The Better Dehumidifier.
At A-1 Basement Solutions we provide the full solution to protect you from a damp basement.
A-1 Basement Solutions gives free basement health inspections to New Jersey homeowners. Contact A-1 Basement Solutions at 908-322-1313, http://A-1Basements.com for a free in-home inspection and detailed quote.
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Doug Lynch is a basement expert from Westfield, NJ where he lives with his wife Kelli and their dogs Sammy and Angie. Doug teaches a class at Westfield Adult School “Keeping Your Basement Dry” and is the Author of Basements 101 Everything You Need to Know About Your Basement. Doug has testified in NJ Superior Court as an Expert Witness in Basement Waterproofing and does seminars for local Real Estate Agents to educate them about basements. Doug is the owner of A-1 Basement Solutions in Scotch Plains and authors the popular BASEMENT SCHOOL Blog.
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