A damp basement can cause all types of problems from mold to foundation issues. Finding the issue and repairing it quickly will keep your air quality better and protect your house. Here are some tips to do that.
Look For the Source
Before you start your basement repairs, inspect the walls, pipes, and other sources to see if you can find the link. If your basement is finished, check any carpet to see if it is damp or your hard floors for a puddle. These will be a clue to the location of the water. Once you find it, mark it then determine how to fix it.
Prevent Humidity Coming From the Inside
If you see wet or drops coming from the areas other than your walls, you will want to seal up the source. Use duct tape to wrap up any cracks in the venting of your dryer or your central air unit. Use foam pieces to encase your pipes to keep the condensation from adding to the humidity in the area.
Seal Your Outside Walls
If the outer walls of your basement are damp, check for cracks in the foundation. Once you find them, fill them with cement. You can ask for recommendations at the hardware store for the best product to use. You will also want to paint your walls with a sealant to prevent any more water from getting in. Brush the excess debris off before you apply it. Finally, install insulation on the walls for one last barrier against moisture and to keep the heat inside your house. Be sure to stop the leaks from coming in first before you do so that the insulation remains mold-free. Turn on a dehumidifier to dry out the air in the room as one last measure to get water out of your basement.