Handyman Tips to Dry up Your Damp Basement

When you open your basement door are you hit with that awful musty smell? Some days is it so powerful you can even smell it on the first floor? Stop ignoring the problem by shutting the door or masking the odor with candles and air fresheners. Instead, do something to stop the smell, prevent its return, and in turn, reclaim your unused basement as usable living space.

It’s in your best interest to hire a professional basement and exterior waterproofing company like A-Proseal Basement Waterproofing to ensure all of your T’s are crossed and your I’s dotted when it comes to resolving the issues that are the cause of your wet, damp basement.

However, if you’re a handy person and want to tackle some of the work yourself, there are some steps you can do on your own to reduce indoor humidity.

Diagnose the Water Problem: Water or moisture in basements comes from two sources: indoor humidity that condenses on cold surfaces and water (or water vapor) that comes from outside.

Reduce Excess Humidity: Eliminating the sources of humid air will help dry out your basement. One way is to seal leaky dryer vents with foil tape to prevent unwanted humid air from entering your basement. You can also run a dehumidifier to lower the indoor humidity.

Waterproof the Walls: Waterproofing materials that go on like paint fill the pores in the concrete or masonry walls and prevent water from leaking in.

Insulate the Walls: Insulate exterior walls to prevent condensation. However, don’t cover the walls with insulation if water is leaking in from outside; you’ll just create a potential mold problem.

Install Drainage: The permanent fix for chronic basement leaks is to install a sump pump drainage system.

Even if you only ever plan to use your basement as a laundry room and storage space, it’s unhealthy for your home’s occupants, as well as damaging to the foundation of your home, to live in a house with a damp and moldy basement.