Wood Paneling Basement Ceiling - There are numerous approaches to help avoid moisture damage issues in a basement. The first rule of thumb is no dirt basements. Though these are less prevalent in this day in age, it is good to point out that dirt flooring not only hold a huge amount of moisture but can also give off a number of gases. When building a basement, make certain that you have a floor drain with a trap installed in the lowest point of the ground.
Without a floor drain, any water that's spilled inside cannot escape. Sump pumps are usually used where flooding because of a high water table may be a issue. Additionally, waterproof the outside of the foundation walls and put in a perimeter drainage system. An often overlooked problem in basements 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 in the atmosphere, dampness, and smells. Often, the humidity will be caused by exposing the basement to external air (open windows), having wet laundry hung to dry in the basement, storing firewood in the basement, and/or a dryer vent that exhausts indoors.
To reduce humidity, there are numerous things a homeowner can do: install energy-efficient windows, insulate walls and cold water pipes, prefinished flooring if possible, run dryer vents to exhaust straight out and do not dry laundry or firewood on your basement. In summer, use a portable dehumidifier or air conditioning to reduce humidity. In warm, humid weather, keep basement windows closed. The key to maintaining basement humidity low would be to keep them well ventilated and keep extra moisture from the basement.