Basement Moisture Control
Don’t wait until mold has formed. Don’t wait until you see structural damage to address the issue. A little preemptive work at the first sign of trouble will help you save hundreds on would-be repairs.
Here are five basic ideas that can help you control and eliminate all the possible sources of moisture coming from your basement:
Check your dryer vents
This can be a very common cause of moisture in your basement if you happen to have your dryer and washer downstairs in the basement. The wet clothes will create water vapor and moisture, which then is blown outside of the washer when your clothes are drying. This usually happens when the vent pipe that disperses the moist air becomes disconnected, all the warm and moist air is blown into the area around the dryer.
The result? You’re going to have moisture issues entering your basement. The solution? Check behind the dryer to make sure that the metallic colored pipe is securely fastened. With how much some dryers move while they are operational, a loose vent is quite a common fix. Fasten the pipe, and run the dryer again to make sure there are no other moisture leaks. If there are, you can always use foil tape to make a quick and permanent seal around the pipe leak. If the issue is not repairable by a professional, it’s time for a new dryer.