You may have perfected your home’s décor, layout, and more, but have you perfected your basement, crawl space, or attic environment? If not, that’s okay! We have tips to ensure these infrequently visited spaces in your home are not impacting the health of your home with excess moisture.
For Your Damp Basement/Crawl Space
Basement waterproofing is necessary. Basements with excess moisture promote biological growths, like mold, which can wreak havoc on your indoor air.
How Can Water Get into Your Basement?
Anything from undiverted water to leaky systems to overflowing gutters can cause unwanted water in your basement. When the ground puts pressure on your walls, it forces moisture through the tiny cracks and joints of your home.
How Can Excess Moisture Impact Your Basement?
Excess moisture can jeopardize your home’s structural integrity as it can lead to damage of your home (including your walls, floors, furniture, and precious storage) and cause health annoyances (including allergies or difficulty breathing). The key to ensuring moisture doesn’t find its way into your home is by finding out where the water is coming from and finding a solution (whether that be through interior, exterior, drainage, or sealant remediation).
Ways to Remedy Basements with Excess Moisture
If you’re looking for ways to ensure moisture doesn’t find its way into your basement, these methods can help:
- Redirect downspout runoffs
- Regrade the ground around your home so it slopes away from your home’s foundation
- Ensure your flooring is resistant to harm caused by water and prevent it from penetrating below your floorings’ surface before it becomes difficult to dry or leads to mold
- Replace your basement’s windows with energy efficient ones that are less prone to condensation or mold growth
- Check that your basement has no room for leaks, no standing water, or puddles
- Make sure your basement is free from cracks or gaps
- Remediate mold and mildew at first sight so it doesn’t spread
For Your Crawl Space
Encapsulation is necessary. Encapsulation is the process of sealing off walls and/or floors to prevent water entry and eliminate the risk of stale, humid air circulating around your home. Doing this will create a water-tight seal so that moisture can’t enter or cause issues.
Maintain Healthy Humidity to Solve Future Problems
Your home’s humidity level is essential to the health of your home and family. This is where an Aprilaire dehumidifier comes into play. We have basement capacity units that can meet the demanding moisture removal needs of basements and crawl spaces. Crawl space dehumidifiers and dehumidifiers for basements have great benefits. They can remove anywhere from 70-130 pints of water per day, have a 15-year+ life expectancy with a 5-year warranty, and more.
Think humidity could be an issue in your home? Contact a Healthy Air Professional in your area to learn more.
For Your Attic
Attic insulation is one of the simplest ways to keep a lid on your heating bill. It also works in the opposite way during the summer months by stabilizing your indoor temperature to keep your cooling needs in check. Some homeowners even see about a 10-15% savings.
The cheapest way to insulate your attic is by adding material to the floor. Check out This Old House for more information on your home’s insulation needs and how to do it yourself.
When your Indoor Air Quality is poor, your living environment can suffer. With unwanted odors, stuffiness, excess humidity, lack of air movement, and mold or mildew, your home can feel less like home and more like a hot, humid day outside. High humidity in your home is less than ideal – fostering mold, mildew, and rot, while allowing dust mites, insects, and other pests to thrive.
Healthy Humidity plays a key role in your wellness. A whole-home dehumidifier can bring your humidity to the desired level (between 30-60 percent), leaving unwanted home annoyances in the dust. Find a Healthy Air Professional near you and take the first step.