Moisture in your basement can develop through a variety of different measures. Before winter hits again, take some time this fall to cut down on these three easy sources of moisture in your basement.
If you have exposed pipes that run through the ceiling of your basement, they could actual be a source of moisture. When your pipes get cold, condensation can develop on them. The condensation then drips down on the floor of your basement and creates a moisture issue in your basement.
To prevent condensation from developing in your basement, you need to insulate your pipes. You can purchase foam insulation at the local hardware store. Wrap the foam around the pipes and tape them up to keep them well insulated. This will keep your pipes from dripping condensation into your basement.
This project should not take you very long to complete and only requires scissors or a knife to cut the pipe insulation as well as the insulation.
#2 Dryer Vents
Next, you need to seal up any dryer vents that exit through your basement. Dryer vents can add a lot of humid air to your basement and thus add extra moisture to your basement. To seal up your dryer vent, take foil tape and wrap it around the vent. The foil tape will prevent moisture from getting into your basement.
Do not use duct tape; duct tape will eventually fall off and will not keep the moisture out of your basement for the long term.
Finally, make sure you fill any cracks in your foundation. Walk around the outside of your basement and check for cracks in your foundation. If you find any cracks in the foundation of your basement, you are going to want to fill in those cracks with cement sealant.
You should clean out the cracks and wash out any dirt that is in them. Then, use a tool to scrap away any previous sealant or filler. You want the crack to be clean. Use a caulking gun to fill in the crack with the cement caulking. Start at the bottom of the crack and work your way upward.
If the crack is larger, you may need to use rubber cement to fill the crack instead. If the crack is wider than a couple of inches, you may want to get a professional to come out and check out the state of your foundation. Large cracks could indicate that you have larger foundation issues.
The three ideas listed above should at most take you a couple of hours to complete and will prevent moisture from building up inside of your basement and from getting into your basement from the outside.