Fixing Damp Basement Walls

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Fixing Damp Basement Walls


Fixing Damp Basement Walls - There are numerous ways to help prevent moisture damage problems at a cellar. The first guideline is no dirt basements. Although these are less prevalent in this day in age, it's good to point out that dirt floors not only hold a large amount of moisture but also can give off a number of gases. When constructing a cellar, make sure you have a floor drain using a trap installed in the bottom point of the floor.

Without a floor drain, any water that is spilled inside can't escape. If necessary, install a sump pump and make sure that the sump cover is tightly sealed. Sump pumps are usually used where flooding due to a high water table may be a problem. Additionally, waterproof the exterior of the base walls and install a perimeter drainage system. An often overlooked problem in basements is moisture that comes out of humidity.


The simplest way to control humidity would be to exhaust water vapor produced in the house to the exterior. Indications of high humidity comprise condensation on walls, pipes or other surfaces as well a general sense of moisture in the atmosphere, dampness, and smells. Often, the humidity is going to be caused by exposing the cellar to outside air (open windows), using wet laundry hung to dry in the cellar, keeping firewood in the cellar, or a drier vent that exhausts indoors.

In hot, humid weather, keep cellar windows closed. The key to maintaining basement humidity low would be to keep them well ventilated and to keep additional moisture from the cellar.

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