Too Much Moisture: How To Find And Prevent Moisture Damage In Your Basement

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You might not know this but moisture can damage your basement. Even a small amount can invite mold growth, cause paint to peel and it can even lead to wood rot. Unfortunately, moisture can be tough to find. You might not realize you have a problem with moisture until the damage is done. Here's a simple way to tell if you have a moisture problem, as well as some easy-to-follow ways to prevent moisture damage in your basement.

Measure the Moisture

If you haven't seen moisture in your basement, you shouldn't assume that you don't have a problem. Moisture can be present inside the walls where it can silently damage your home. Use this simple test to find out if you have excess moisture in your basement.

Directions

  1. Tear off several 12" long strips of aluminum foil.
  2. Use tape to attach the foil to several areas in your basement.
  3. Apply tape to all the edges of the foil to form a secure seal.
  4. Allow the foil to hang in your basement for about a week.
  5. Carefully remove the foil and check the back for signs of moisture.

Take Care of the Waterproofing

Basement waterproofing is the best way to prevent moisture damage. You don't have to go to extreme measures either. Here are two simple ways to waterproof the basement.

Apply Waterproof Sealant

If your basement walls are constructed from cinder blocks or bricks, you can waterproof your basement using a waterproof sealant. For this project, you'll need waterproof sealant, a paint pan and a foam paint roller. If you'd prefer, you can also apply the sealant using a paint sprayer. Apply a thin layer of sealant to the basement walls and allow them to dry overnight. Once they're dry, apply a layer of sealant to your basement floor and allow it to dry overnight, as well. For maximum protection, a new coat of sealant should be applied once a year. 

Insulate the Pipes

If you have exposed water pipes in your basement, they could be causing condensation. Insulating your pipes will eliminate the moisture problem. Swim noodles left over from the summer can be used to insulate your pipes.  Cut the noodle into 12" long sections. Slit each of the sections lengthwise and wrap them around your pipes.

Moisture can cause serious problems in your basement. You can protect against damage by using the simple waterproofing methods described above. For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from Central Penn Waterproofing.

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