In the last post, we discussed some basic ways to maintain a dry basement. However, there are many more moisture removal techniques that can be used together to maximize your basement’s level of moisture protection and reduce the risk for mold. After all, according to the Mayo Clinic 93% of Chronic Sinus Infections have been attributed to mold. Here’s part two of our homeowner’s guide to maintaining a dry basement.
Minimize Dryer Usage
If your washer and dryer are located in your basement, you should consider how their use could affect the room’s humidity levels. The first step is to ensure that your dryer vents to the outdoors, as the exhaust from a clothes dryer is heavy and filled with moisture. Furthermore, it’s a good idea to try to minimize your dryer use when possible. On bright and sunny summer days, for example, it’s easy to hang your clothes on an outdoor clothesline and let them dry naturally. You may be surprised just how much this small step can contribute to basement dryness.
Install Exhaust Fan
If you have a bathroom in your basement, it’s essential for it to have a properly functioning exhaust fan. This is because basement bathrooms are some of the largest contributors to basement moisture and potential for mold growth.
“Basement bathrooms and showers are major contributors to humidity levels. Use exhaust fans when necessary to remove moisture and improve ventilation. On warm, sunny days, leave basement windows open for some time. Avoid opening windows on rainy or humid days,” writes DoItYourself.
Finally, installing a basement or crawl space moisture barrier is definitely one of the most effective strategies for keeping moisture at mold at bay. They’re affordable, relatively easy to install, and 100% worth the investment. Consult a professional to hear about your moisture barrier options.
As we mentioned in the last post, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) states that 100% of all types of mold have the potential to cause some health effects. This can be minor to severe and even death in some rare cases. But taking the time to understand these effective moisture removal strategies can help you maintain a dry basement for years to come. For more information about crawl space and basement waterproofing, contact Dry-Tek Environmental.