Wet Basement in Barrie

August 6th, 2019

Water stains along the walls or floor can be a strong indicator that you have moisture in your basement. This could be caused by something simple such as an overflowing laundry tub or it could be a result of water seeping in through basement windows, the walls or the floor. Excess moisture in a basement can cause an unmistakable smell and presence of mould.There can be many sources from which moisture enters your home. Moisture from surrounding soil can enter crawlspace and basements as water or water vapour. From there, water vapour can migrate throughout the house. In addition, below-grade spaces are like condensation machines. Warm moist air comes in contact with cool surfaces and creates dampness in your basement.

There are many other sources of moisture that fill your home and create wet basements in Barrie. Believe it or not, people breathing create a small amount of moisture in your home on a daily basis. Laundry, if not vented to the outside, adds moisture, as well as the clothes that you may hang to dry. Daily baths and showers add water vapour in your home. Mopping your kitchen floor, running the dishwasher, and cooking with either gas or electric all create humidity in your home. Additionally, pets, aquariums, houseplants, humidifiers, unvented space heaters, and open sump basins can also raise the moisture levels in your home which can potentially create a wet basement.

There are ways to prevent mould from growing in your home to avoid home basement repair in Barrie. Dehumidifying is the most important defence against mould.  Besides fixing a water leak, which is imperative to preventing the growth of mould in your home, removing moisture from the air is necessary to make your home mould and mildew free. You can easily dehumidify moisture in your home by using a dehumidifier, particularly on humid, hot days. You can also grow indoor plants that absorb humidity, and refrain from boiling water on the stove on especially humid days. Drying your clothes in the dryer or outside on a clothesline, replacing carpet with flooring, taking colder and shorter showers, and cleaning your AC filters are all excellent practices to reduce and prevent moisture in your home.


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