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Basement moisture problems

6th June 2019 —

Do you have a basement under your home? Then you run extra risk of moisture problems in both the basement, but also in the rest of your house. As an underground space, the basement walls and basement floor are in constant contact with the ground and soil moisture. If the soil moisture penetrates into the basement, it can also enter the walls of your home through the basement walls and you will experience all kinds of moisture problems. Ventilating basements is also sometimes difficult, which can also lead to moisture problems in the basement.

What are the main causes of moisture problems in the basement?

The basement often serves as a storage place or store room. In a large basement it is even possible to make a separate bedroom, hobby room from laundry room. So the basement can best be an important function, so you don’t want moisture problems. Nevertheless, the basement is the most sensitive place in your house where moisture problems can easily arise. This is annoying if you have stored things in the basement, because this is also affected by moisture.

Some problems can be found for moisture problems in the basement.

Rising damp

Rising moisture in the basement arises because the basement walls or basement floor are porous or damaged. Because groundwater is under great pressure and the walls are no longer resistant to moisture, the groundwater will seep in through the basement walls and floor. Moisture in the basement walls can cause rising moisture to the rest of the home. You will then not only have moisture problems in the basement, but also in the rest of your home. A basement floor that allows moisture through can ensure that there is a constant layer of water in your basement. It goes without saying that this is very bad for the indoor climate in the basement. The most important thing in these cases is that you make the walls and floor of the basement watertight again, so that soil moisture no longer enters the basement. In addition, with its revolutionary solution, SmartDry can ensure a constantly dry basement.

Condensation moisture

One of the most common moisture problems in the basement is condensation moisture. This is not at all strange. After all, the basement is below ground level, making ventilation in the basement difficult in many cases. Some cellars still have a window, but by far the majority of cellars do not have this, which is essential for ventilation in an underground space. If ventilation grilles are also missing and your basement is not ventilated at all, then it is waiting for moisture problems in the basement. Any moisture in the basement cannot go away and the air is not purified by the supply of fresh air. There is then a much too high humidity in the basement which causes condensation. Condensation moisture is deposited against the basement walls and basement floor. As soon as you enter the basement you will also smell stale air. The DryBrick method from SmartDry is the ideal solution to permanently rid your basement of condensation moisture.

Leakage

The basement is a typical space where many water pipes run. Often the water pipes come in for the rest of the house. A central heating boiler is sometimes placed in the basement, from where all pipes run to the other rooms in the house. A leak may occur on these pipes. In the event of a major leak, the basement will be empty in no time. Immediate intervention is certainly important. With a small crack in the pipe, the leakage can go very slowly without you realizing it. Especially if the pipe in question is also incorporated in the basement wall or basement floor, you will only find out if you have major moisture problems in the basement. In such cases it is wise to have a leak detection carried out. This way the location of the leak can be found and you can remedy the leak in a very targeted way.

Consequences of a moisture problem in the basement

A moisture problem in the basement is often underestimated. Especially if you do not use the basement often, a possible moisture problem will not be noticed so quickly. But even if you don't often go into the basement, the one time you step into the basement you will soon notice a musty smell in a damp basement. The combination between moisture and no ventilation quickly brings bad air and stale air can also be drawn into stored items. Cold, damp and no or poor ventilation will quickly cause black spots on your basement walls. This is fungus. You don't want to encounter mold in your basement either. It damages the basement walls and is also very unhealthy. Especially if you have furnished the basement as a hobby or living space, for example, it is not wise to sit in a room with mold for a long time. Stored items in your basement can also be affected by mold and moisture, which is of course unfortunate if you store valuable items there.

A dry basement with the DryBricks from SmartDry

Regardless of whether you have moisture problems in the basement or not, ventilation is essential. During moisture problems in the basement, ventilation ensures that a lot of moisture is removed and the cellar always stays fresh due to the supply of fresh air from outside. This way you create a healthy humidity. This is also the starting point of the DryBrick method from SmartDry. The DryBricks are installed on the outside of your home. So your basement needs no renovation. Since no chemical products are used for this solution, the DryBrick is one of the most sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions to prevent moisture in your basement. Thanks to constant ventilation in a natural way, your basement remains permanently dry and a healthy place to stay.

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