Installing A Basement Dehumidifier

 

Basement dehumidifiers can rid the room of moisture that can damage the woodworking and other elements in your basement. A good dehumidifier should be ample enough to remove the moisture from the entire basement, yet be small and quiet enough to be located in one corner so that it takes up as little room as possible.

During the construction process, basements are designed to be dry by nature. However, there are a number of factors that can add undo moisture to your basement area. Having a high water table, an underground spring or stream that flows near the basement, overhead water pipes that are not property insulated or the environment you live in such as an area that gets lots of rain will contribute to having humidity buildup in your basement.

While the upper part of your home has windows, fans and air conditioning units to take care of the humidity, most basements have only small windows if any at all and the humidity tends to build up over time. The build up of humidity can have an adverse affect on the comfort level of your basement, making it undesirable to use as an extra bedroom, den or play area. Furthermore, the added moisture can over time cause undo damage to the woodworking in your basement and even affect the growth of mold and mildew behind dry walls.

If left unchecked, mold and mildew buildup can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage as your basement has to be gutted in order to find and remove the mold. This is where basement dehumidifiers can come into play to rid your home of the moisture buildup and restore your basement to the drier conditions as it was meant to be.

Basement dehumidifiers range in size depending on what is needed for the space, but essentially they are rectangular units that sit in one corner or perhaps higher up on the wall. Inside is a fan and cooling coils that circulate and remove the excess humidity from the air. The removed humidity forms condensation on the pipes which drains as water to the bottom of the unit. There, a hose or drainage pipe is attached that removes the water from the unit.

The relatively simply system will help keep your basement free of excess humidity and help protect the word working and other elements in your basement that can be affected by excessive moisture. Furthermore, the circulation of the air and drier conditions means the basement is more comfortable to stay in, meaning that you can use it as a bedroom or extra room.

When adding basement dehumidifiers, you’ll need to have a place for the drainage to keep the water from accumulating under the dehumidifier. Fortunately, there are a number of options you can choose to insure that the water is drained properly which will keep your basement dry.

Choosing basement dehumidifiers helps to extend the life of your basement by preventing excess moisture from warping woodwork and creating conditions ripe for mildew and mold to form.

This article was published on Sunday 09 September, 2012.



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