3 Solutions To Deal With Humidity, Moisture, And Musty Smells In A Finished Basement

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3 Solutions To Deal With Humidity, Moisture, And Musty Smells In A Finished Basement

15 September 2016
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


If you have invested in finishing your basement, there may be some things that you want to do to protect your investment. One of the problems that you will have to deal with in a basement is humidity and moisture, which can lead to musty smells, mold, and other problems. To deal with the moisture in a basement, you may want to do things like install a dehumidifier, add an interior foundation drainage system, and use water-resistant materials for floors and finishes. Here are some tips to help reduce the humidity and moisture problems in your basement:

1. Using A Dehumidifier To Control Humidity In A Moist Basement

Dehumidifying is something that you can do to control moisture in the basement of your home. There are a couple of options that you can choose from, including buying a small humidifier for the basement. You can also have a dehumidifying system installed with your HVAC system, which will help control the moisture in the air and ensure that your basement is always dry. The dehumidifier can greatly reduce problems with moisture and musty smells that are all too common in basements.

2. Keep Moisture And Condensation Under Control With A Foundation Drain

Moisture and condensation can form naturally with changes in temperatures. This can cause water to get into your basement, and water needs to have a place to escape. You may want to consider installing an interior foundation drainage system in your home to allow the water to escape. These systems help with drainage and give condensation a place to drain and are connected to sump pump systems.

3. Using Water-Resistant Materials For Different Finishes In Your Basement

Water-resistant materials in your basement can also help to reduce moisture and humidity problems. Consider using these materials to finish things like walls, trim, and doors. You may even want to use exterior materials for some areas of your basement. This is something that will not only help to prevent damage, but will also not absorb moisture, which can be a major contributor to musty smells. Using waterproof materials can also make cleaning up messes in a basement a lot easier.

These are some tips that can help you deal with the moisture and humidity problems in your basement. If you want to ensure your basement is dry, contact a company that specializes in basement dehumidification and have them install a dehumidifier in your basement.