Is Summer Humidity Quietly Destroying Your Basement?
Humidity can cause heat exhaustion, cramping, fainting or heatstroke, but the effects of humidity are not limited to the human body. Moisture from the ground, along with the moisture from humid air, can generate condensation on the walls and other surfaces of your basement and result in structural damage, mold, and muggy odors.
The following are a few of the damaging effects that humidity can have on your basement:
Damage To The Walls
Because the walls of most finished basements are largely made of drywall, which is gypsum plaster pressed between two thick sheets of paper, a buildup of condensation on the walls can seep in and become saturated over time. Mold and mildew may form, and both interior and exterior paint can begin to bubble or peel.
Your basement ceiling is the core structural surface for the first level of your home. The wood of your floor can absorb the humidity in your basement and become structurally unstable. Additionally, humidity can soak into the carpet above your flooring and begin to rot.
Basements are often used to store clothing, food and other items. Humidity can destroy these items. Dry foods quickly go stale if humidity exceeds 60 percent, and humidity may cause cans to rust or leak.
Water can cause significant damage to your basement and compromise the structural security of your home. Hiring a certified basement waterproofing contractor to design a solution that fits your home can prevent humidity or other forms of water damage in your basement. Schedule your free basement waterproofing consultation today.