My Basement Floor Drain Keeps Backing Up - There are several ways to help prevent moisture damage issues at a basement. The first guideline isn't a dirt basements. Though these are less prevalent in this day in age, it is a good idea to point out that dirt flooring not just hold a huge amount of moisture but can also give off a variety of gases. When constructing a basement, make sure you have a floor drain using a trap installed at the bottom point of the ground.
With no floor drain, any water that's spilled inside cannot get out. If necessary, install a sump pump and ensure the sump cover is tightly sealed. Sump pumps are often used where flood because of a high water table might be a issue. In addition, waterproof the outside of the foundation walls and put in a perimeter drainage system. An often overlooked problem in bathrooms is moisture that comes from humidity.
The simplest way to control humidity would be to exhaust water vapor produced in the home to the outside. Indications of high humidity include condensation on windows, pipes or other surfaces as well an overall sense of moisture from the air, dampness, and odors. Often, the humidity is going to be brought on by exposing the basement to outside air (open windows), having wet laundry hung to dry from the basement, storing firewood from the basement, or a dryer vent that exhausts inside.
To reduce humidity, there are several things a homeowner can perform: install energy-efficient windows, insulate walls and cold water pipes, prefinished flooring if at all possible, run dryer vents to exhaust directly out and do not dry laundry or firewood in your basement. In summer, use a portable dehumidifier or air conditioning to reduce humidity. In warm, humid weather, keep basement windows closed. Run the furnace fan continuously to circulate home air. The key to maintaining basement humidity would be to keep them well ventilated and to keep additional moisture from the basement.