The basement can be a water vampire, constantly feeding its dragon-chasing addiction for moisture. After all, when you think about it, a room in the basement is really just an updated cave. Those who spend time in their basement are only one step up from those Geico cavemen. Failing the installation of a sump pump in your basement, you will probably have to constantly be on alert for basement moisture problems.
Unless you read this here little ar-tee-cool.
Basement Moisture Avoider 1:
Outside grading is a prime way to put moisture over in your neighbor’s yard instead of allowing it to soak down through to the foundation. The grade needs to drop between 2.5 and 4 inches in 10 feet.
Basement Moisture Avoider 2:
Repair those cracks in the basement that are allowing water to have free access and ultimately make your home nearly as worthless as an underwear sale at the School for Young Starlets. Increase the efficiency of the repair by mixing hydraulic cement with water. Get yoursel a pointy, pointy trowel and repair.
Basement Moisture Avoider 3:
Dehumidify. Basements are notoriously humid places and it can be the moisture in the air that you don’t even see that’s causing your classic Farrah Fawcett poster on your basement bedroom wall to curl. Installing a dehumidifier in the basement will suck so much moisture from the air that you could give both Mini-Me and Dr. Evil a bath in the same day.
Basement Moisture Avoider 4:
Your finished basement looks way cool and you’ve have finally learned how to defeat the boss in your latest video game. That window that you put in really cools things off. But, think back, did you leave your basement window open? That hard rain coming down at work is going to cause massive water problems in the basement if you did leave the window open. Next time, well, shut the window before rain comes a-calling.
Basement Moisture Avoider 5:
Go outside and look around the entire perimeter of your house. Even the smallest little green plant can be detrimental to your basement’s moisture conditions. Your best bet aside from the sump pump is that you’ve got soil capable of efficient evaporation. Vegetation around the perimeter of the foundation can make your soil less productive when it comes to evaporation and that means more moisture coming into your basement.