6 Tips to Reduce Basement Condensation
October 3rd, 2022
Wet basement waterproofing is critical to reducing the damage to the basement walls, floors, foundation, and your things such as books, wooden shelves, and more. However, one of the things that can affect the efficiency of basement waterproofing is the build-up of basement condensation.
Basement condensation can peel off the waterproof coating from the walls or floors and defy the whole purpose of waterproofing the basement in the first place. Hence, once you have waterproofed your basement, you can use the following tips to reduce basement condensation.
Your HVAC system sometimes leaks conditioned air in the basement due to leaks in the air ducts. This air can’t be removed by using a dehumidifier and hence can cause basement condensation. The best way to handle this situation is by sealing all the air ducts and their joints using metal foil duct tape, metal ductwork, or duct mastic.
Wrap Cold Pipes
Now you might already have insulation wrapping on hot water pipes. But you must do the same for cold water pipes too. The temperature between cold water pipes and the air around in the basement is different which can result in condensation. Hence, wrap the cold-water pipes too.
Seal the Ducts of Your Dryer
Most people tend to keep their dryer in the basement. However, people forget to efficiently seal the ducts of the dryer. This causes moist air to leak into the basement and causes condensation and thus affecting the waterproofing. Hence, make sure to seal the air ducts of the dryer to reduce moist air.
Reduce Incoming Moisture
Does your basement have cracks on the floor or walls? Or maybe your foundation lacks foundation waterproofing? In such cases, excess water can enter the basement, especially during heavy rainfall. To reduce this incoming moisture, you must seal the basement cracks, waterproof the foundation, and build the gutter downspouts in such a way that they take water away from the foundation of your house.
The easiest and quickest way to reduce basement condensation is to increase ventilation. You can periodically open the basement windows to let fresh air in and moisture escape without causing condensation.
To reduce lesser amounts of moisture, dehumidifiers are a good choice. However, you might already know that dehumidifiers use a lot of electricity so you can’t run them continuously. And if the moisture is the result of a bigger problem, it would be best to call professionals.
To reduce basement condensation, you can get in touch with us at Ontario Wet Basement Solution Inc. Our professional team has the right experience to reduce basement condensation issues. Additionally, we also provide services like crawl space system encapsulation, basement waterproofing, foundation waterproofing, foundation crack repair services, and more.
Contact us to know more.