A damp basement can cause a whole list of problems in your home from the mold and mildew that can affect your health to damage to your homes structure.
Dampness in a basement is something that should not be just ignored. A damp basement can be a result of a number of problems; you may have ventilation issues that can cause a buildup of damp but with no way to dry it out. Your dampness can be a result of groundwater leaking into your home, or an improperly sealed door, or finally you may have rain and flooding that has made its way into your basement.
Regardless of the reason for your damp basement it is important that you get it taken care of.
Mold and mildew is one of the most common and direct results of a damp basement. These sorts of problems can cause major issues with your family's health and as a result should
be dealt with immediately.
Most people do not know if they have a mold issue, the symptoms may be so subtle and build up over time that they may never be aware that their family is getting sick because of a damp basement.
If you have a damp basement, there are a number of different things you can do about it to ensure that you keep your basement as dry as possible as well as keep mold and mildew to a minimum. If you only have a small amount of moisture in your basement this can usually be fixed with a few small measures, and you can see a huge improvement with only a little bit of effort.
The first and one of the simplest things you can do is to install ventilation fans throughout your home especially in your basement and crawlspaces. Ventilation fans will move the moisture out of the house not allowing it to linger. Mold and mildew must have a damp environment to grow in and by pulling the moisture out of the house your damp basement will dry out and not allow the mildew to get a foothold.
If you have seepage into your basement you will also want to determine what the cause of the seepage is, in most cases it can be attributed to ground water coming in through cracks in your foundation, or in improperly sealed doors and windows. You will want to get doors, windows and cracks sealed and then make sure that you do what you can to reduce the amount of ground water that can seep into your home. Cleaning your gutters and moving down spouts can help a damp basement considerably as can adding drainage around your home.
A dehumidifier can take care of the remainder of moisture in your damp basement that a ventilation fan cannot remove. Between all of these methods you should be able to keep your basement much dryer, provided that you do not have a bigger leak that needs to be fixed. If you need a ventilation fan for your damp basement check with Tjernlund
Products, Inc. they specialize in fans for your basement and crawlspaces and can help you turn your basement and home into a dry and healthy place to live.