How to Make a Wet Basement More Comfortable

December 03,2020

The homeowner who owns the basement hopes to be able to use it without being humid and cold. The homeowner may want to use the basement as a second recreation room, or even a small studio apartment, instead of keeping it as a universal storage space. In order to make the basement a comfortable living area, various measures need to be taken to ensure that the basement remains dry and comfortable. In order to protect the basement from moisture, there are several ways to turn your damp basement into a comfortable living space.


1. First, dry it

If the basement is wet, it must be refurbished before any finishing work. The good news is that most water problems can be solved by two measures: leveling the soil to tilt away from the foundation, and adding or repairing drains and downpipes. Installing a drainage system is a key step to ensure that water and moisture are not trapped around the foundation. By placing a drain pipe around the foundation, the water can be drained to a lower position and it can be connected to a water collection tank. If these steps do not work, you must take more extreme measures, such as adding external drainage tiles and waterproofing the wall, or adding internal drainage tiles and pumping them into a collection bucket. Eliminating water problems is time-consuming and expensive, but it is essential to prevent moldy and ruined basements.


2. Diagnose water problems

The water or moisture in the basement comes from two sources. One source is indoor humidity condensation on cold surfaces. The other is water (or water vapor) from the outside. Rain, melting snow, or groundwater can saturate and infiltrate the soil around the foundation. Water may leak through cracks, or it may penetrate porous concrete or masonry walls in the form of water vapor. In order to find out the cause of the problem, please stick aluminum foil on the wall of your basement and check again in a few days. The moisture on the outer surface of the aluminum foil indicates high humidity in the room. The moisture behind the foil means that moisture leaks from the wall.


3. Get rid of excess humidity

Eliminating the source of damp air will help dry the basement. Seal the leaking dryer vents with aluminum foil tape to prevent excess moist air from entering the basement. Don't just use tape. It will eventually fall off. Add an Alorair air mover to your basement bathroom and make sure your family members turn it on during the shower. In wet weather, please close the windows in the basement. Also, if condensation still forms on a cool surface, run an Alorair dehumidifier to reduce indoor humidity.


4. Ventilation

Proper ventilation is also necessary, especially if the basement is used as a laundry room, including a bathroom or a kitchen for cooking. The moisture released by all these activities can cause moisture in the basement. Installing proper ventilation fans and sealing the internal walls will help reduce internal condensation.


In general, it is necessary to install some drainage facilities and products to dehumidify the space. Alorair provides efficient and high-quality dehumidifier products to help homeowners dehumidify the basement space so that every homeowner can enjoy a warm, dry, and Comfortable basement.