How to Remove Humid Air from Basement
Unchecked humidity in a basement can eventually cause major structural and foundation issues. It’s important to address any moisture, leaks or standing water immediately. Even if your basement seems relatively dry but the air is humid, this should be a red flag that mold may be lurking around.
If the air in your basement is noticeably warmer and more damp than the rest of your home, here’s how to get rid of basement humidity.
- Place a dehumidifier in the affected areas of the basement. If your basement is large and has multiple rooms, we recommend using multiple dehumidifiers, or at least rotating one into each room throughout the day. Don’t forget to empty the catch tray every 4 to 6 hours.
- If your washer and dryer are in the basement, check the dryer vent and other ventilation fans to make sure there’s no blockage. If moist air has no way to escape, ti’s just going to stay in the area and create mold problems in the future.
- Every 3 to 4 weeks, be sure to open the door to your basement or a window well on a dry day and run fans to promote air flow. Mold loves damp, dark and gust-free spaces. Good air circulation doesn’t give mold spores a chance to settle down onto a rug, wall or other belongings and create issues.
- Our mold removal experts recommend not storing clothing, furniture, books or other goods in unfinished basement areas that are damp. Instead, place them elsewhere in the home where you know there won’t be any moisture issues.
- Have your basement inspected by a licensed professional at least once every year (either during the fall or spring months) in order to check for potential areas of concern in foundation walls, concrete floors and drywall. If there are small leaks and signs of mold, it’s important to contact a mold remediation company as soon as possible.
If you’re having trouble controlling your basement’s moisture levels, contact BGS Environmental Services for air purification services or mold removal services today!