How to Control Moisture in Basement

How to Control Moisture in Basement : Sources of Water in Basement

Basement moisture control is important in order to properly insulate the basement and for comfort. There could be several sources of water in basement including flow of underground water through holes or cracks and water and moisture absorbed by some materials such as wood.

How to Control Moisture in Basement depends on where you live, the climate and basement construction. It is best advised to consult a builder, basement designer, or insulation contractor in your area for specific basement moisture control measures concerning your climate, type of insulation, and construction style.

How to Control Moisture in Basement

  1. Provide proper drainage to drain rain water away from the house. Rainwater is the biggest source of water in the basement. Proper drainage will do 50% of the basement moisture control job. Create slope on all side of the house and connect with drainage. This will ensure all rain water flows away from the house.
  2. Damp-proof all the foundation wall and footing to prevent the wall from absorbing ground moisture.
  3. Keep all untreated wood and other materials away from contact of earth as they absorb moisture.

It is best advised to consult a builder, basement designer, or insulation contractor in your area for specific basement moisture control measures concerning your climate, type of insulation, and construction style.

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