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Tips for Keeping your Basement Dry

There are many forces that conspire to make your basement wet. These forces include high rainwater, melting snow or groundwater all of which can saturate the soil around your basement. There are many other water and humidity sources that can cause excessive dampness in your basement. However, the battle to keep your basement dry can be challenging, it is one that must be fought nonetheless. After all, excessive water and humidity in your basement can lead to structural damage as well the growth of mold, fungus, and mildew. As a company that knows about mold dangers, Conejo Restoration knows the best ways to prevent excessive humidity and water damage in Thousand Oaks that homeowners face. Here are some tips for heading off mold by keeping your basement dry.

 

  • Keep your gutters clean: Clean gutters direct water away from your home so that it does not have a chance to saturate the ground above your basement.
  • Install a sump pump: Sump pumps are invaluable tools for people who constantly find large amounts of water building up in their basements. Make sure that your sump pump is battery operated in case the power goes out in your home which often happens after a heavy rainfall.
  • Check your plumbing: Make sure that your pipes are insulated and that they do not have leaks.
  • Use a dehumidifier: Dehumidifiers can be found online and offline in a wide variety of prices and capacities. They are excellent at drawing excess water from the air thereby reducing the chance of mold and mildew accumulating. Here are some dehumidifiers. You may need multiple dehumidifiers depending on the size of the dehumidifiers you decide to buy and the size of your basement.
  • Use water resistant paint: Excessive groundwater on the outside of your basement walls can cause them to “weep.” A good quality, water-resistant paint can help to prevent this.
  • Make sure appliances vent outdoors: Most people’s laundry rooms are located in their basement. Therefore, humidity can quickly build up from appliances such as washers and dryers. Be sure that your washer does not leak and that the tubing from your dryer leads outdoors and is insulated.

 

Your efforts at keeping your basement dry will be rewarded with a dry, comfortable environment that will be mold resistant. Also, by keeping water out of your basement you will be more likely to protect the foundation of your home thus protecting its value.

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