Whether ground water is seeping into your basement from outside or you’re constantly battling indoor humidity, a wet basement can lead to mold and mildew. Keeping your basement dry might be easier than you think with one of these quick fixes.
1) Use a dehumidifier.
If your basement is constantly humid especially in warm summer months, condensation can build up around pipes and dryer vents. Using a dehumidifier pulls moisture out of the air and makes the environment less hospitable for mold and mildew.
2) Close up cracks.
If you notice water dripping into your basement through cracks around plumbing pipes, close the openings with a polyurethane caulk. Large leaks may require a contractor, but small drips can usually be easily solved.
3) Extend your gutters.
Sometimes moisture in your basement is coming from outside your home. If you notice wet floors or walls after heavy rainfall, your downspouts could be the culprit. Guide water at over 5 feet away from your home by adding a gutter extension.
4) Insulate your pipes.
Condensation from cold pipes is a common problem in wet basements. Fortunately, wrapping insulation around exposed pipes offers a quick and affordable fix.
5) Seal dryer vents.
Excess humidity in basements often comes from leaky dryer vents. Wrap foil HVAC tape around dryer vent seams to keep humid air inside the vent and away from your basement storage.