Home Plans With Basements

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Home Plans With Basements


Home Plans With Basements - There are several approaches to help avoid moisture damage problems at a cellar. The first rule of thumb isn't a dirt basements. Although these are less common in this day in age, it is good to point out this dirt floors not only hold a large amount of moisture but also can give off a number of gases. When building a cellar, make sure you have a floor drain using a trap installed at the lowest point of the ground.

Without a floor drain, any water that's spilled inside can't get out. If needed, install a sump pump and make sure the sump cover is tightly sealed. Sump pumps are often used where flood due to a high water table may be a issue. Additionally, waterproof the outside of the base walls and install a perimeter drainage system. An often overlooked problem in bathrooms is moisture that comes from humidity.


The easiest way to control humidity is to exhaust water vapor generated in the house to the outside. Signs of high humidity include condensation on walls, pipes or other surfaces as well a general awareness of moisture from the atmosphere, dampness, and smells. Often, the humidity is going to be brought on by exposing the cellar to external air (open windows), having wet laundry hung to dry from the cellar, storing firewood from the cellar, 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, insulate floors if possible, run dryer vents to exhaust straight outside and do not dry laundry or firewood in your cellar. In hot, humid weather, maintain cellar windows shut. Run the furnace fan continuously to circulate house air. The key to keeping basement humidity is to keep them well ventilated and to keep additional moisture from the cellar.