A gym in a basement

Best Practices for Dry and Healthy Basements

A gym in a basement

The basement is an important part of your home. It can be used as a family room, for storage, as a workout room, and much more. Basements are also common areas where people keep their wine cellar, food storage and even make it their office or mancave. Some people also love to make it their laundry room. Because of this, basements are susceptible to water damage. This can have negative consequences on the structural integrity of a building. Since a basement is such a vital part of a person’s house, one should do everything to keep it in a good state.

In this blog post, read about the numerous things that can be done to keep a basement dry and maintain hygiene. These things help prevent water damage to the basement, which can cause all sorts of nasty bacteria such as mold.

Pump Out Water Quickly

Standing water is an invitation for mildew and mold growth. If there is any standing water in your basement, try to get rid of it as fast as possible. If you don’t have access to a pumping machine, then do it the old-fashioned way and try to mop it up.

Use a Dehumidifier

A dehumidifier will help get rid of moisture in the air that could lead to mold growth in the basement. Simply place the dehumidifier in the basement when it’s very humid outside and keep it running till the humidity levels drop again. Also, ensure proper ventilation when you’re dehumidifying the basement as this could otherwise create moisture build-up.

Waterproof Your Basement

Concrete sealants are great waterproofing material that can help protect your basement floors and walls against moisture penetration. It also helps reduce mold growth, which can otherwise lead to health issues for the family. Another thing to keep in mind is to regularly check for leaky pipes as they can contribute to basement flooding, leading to structural damage to the foundation of a home.

Keep All Gutters Clean

Gutters help to divert rainwater away from your home. However, if they are clogged with debris and leaves, this might lead to water flowing toward the basement and may damage the home’s foundation.

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