Most people love having a finished basement. It’s an extension of their home, and in many cases almost doubles their living space. But, it’s important to remember that a finished basement is still a below-grade area – and that means it can be prone to dampness and mold issues. If you want to keep your finished basement an area that your entire family can enjoy, there are some tips from www.basementhealth.org you can follow to help it stay moisture-free.
The most important step to take in your finished basement is to dehumidify. High humidity is a key factor in mold growth, so if your basement is extremely humid you may want to consider installing a dehumidifier. Solutions like the Wave Home Solutions™ Humidex air unit can help you control the humidity of your basement. The Humidex air unit removes excess humidity from your basement both quietly and efficiently. It helps reduce your basement’s humidity level and leaves you with a more comfortable environment and improved air quality.
Another way you can keep your finished basement livable is to keep it warm during the heating season. Some people only use their basement rooms during the summer months, and naturally they assume turning down the heat during the winter is okay. But this can lead to excessive moisture and mold growth, so it’s best to keep your basement at a steady temperature of 58 to 60º F, even when not in use.
If your finished basement is carpeted, you could have a mold problem on your hands, or, more aptly, under your feet. That’s because carpeting is the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew. Dust and other biodegradable matter can settle into carpet fibers, providing mold with the “food” it needs to grow. You’re better off installing vinyl flooring or tile in your finished basement.
And, while a finished basement is often a lived-in area of your home, many people still use a part of it for storage. If you do have stored items in your basement, make sure they are kept in boxes that a non-biodegradable. Cardboard boxes aren’t the best choice, because they’re prone to collecting dampness and growing mold and mildew. If you have to use cardboard, store boxes off the floor either on shelving or on a foil-laminated sheet of foam insulation.
The best thing you can do is to call a professional who can help you with your basement moisture concerns. At Basement Waterproofing, Inc., we’ve been helping people with basement dampness problems for more than 30 years. We’re able to help our customers with virtually any concern they may have, because we’re experts in the field of basement waterproofing science. We can help you with your humidity control solutions, including the Humidex air unit. For your convenience, we’re fully staffed during normal working hours to answer your calls – call us at (800) 439-4951, and we’ll be glad to help.