Maintaining the Moisture in Your Basement

With the summer months approaching, now is a great time to check and maintain your basement.  In no time at all, you can keep harmful moisture out and save yourself big money!

When you head downstairs, the first thing you are going to want to do is check your pipes for leaks and condensation build up.  In extreme conditions, you will have sweaty duct work and pipes.  If necessary, you can cover them in a plastic foam pipe wrap, but don’t worry about doing the whole thing. The amount of condensation is proportionate to the amount of exposed pipe, so cover what you can and you will definately see some improvement.

A dehumidifier and air conditioner can also go a long way in keeping moisture and humidity under control. By design, an air conditioner removes moisture from the air in your home. Often times, a dehumidifier is needed to help supplement your air conditioner.

Before you finish your basement inspection, now is the time to be sure that your sump pump is in working order (we covered this eariler, go HERE for more on sump pump maintenance). Finally, if you have a bathroom in your basement, be sure to run the water in the faucet, shower/tub and flush the toilet.  This ensures that water levels are maintained in the plumbing traps.

Checking your pipes and drains really takes no time at all, but it can make a huge difference in keeping your foundation dry.  Just a quick check at the start of the summer can buy you peace of mind all year long!