Choosing a Basement Dehumidifier

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Most basements are susceptible to excessive moisture and water vapor which can be controlled by a basement dehumidifier.  Water vapor can make its way through the floor or permeable surfaces and find its way into the space. This occurrence results in not only water damage for the structure but will also increase the level of indoor humidity creating an unhealthy and dangerous environment. Excessive water vapor in the air can condense in the underground space without the help of external leaks. Again, this will pose not only a health risk to you and your family but it can have a damaging effect on anything stored down there as well as the structure. These below ground environments can suffer from stale air and foul odors due to poor air circulation and no way to get rid of the high humidity. Having an energy efficient basement dehumidifier will not only allow you to create a more favorable and inhabitable environment but it will keep the area from suffering any moisture related damage to the structure and the contents of the space.

Frequent colds, flus, allergies and even asthma can be directly attributed to mold exposure. This is where the installation of a properly sized basement dehumidifier is appropriate. The device will have the ability to reduce your risk by lowering the amount of humidity in the air and keeping constant circulation.  It may not be enough to just install a dehumidifier in the space if mold is already present.  A mold removal professional may need to be called in if this is the case.  However, on an underground space that is clean or new construction having a basement dehumidifier in there will prevent any damaging situation from occurring.

These underground spaces can be fun spaces for the whole family, but because of their physical location basements suffer from a lack of proper ventilation. In addition to that, low-lying areas will be susceptible to excessive ground moisture during rainy periods. Any cracks in the walls or leaky pipes could cause the infiltration of water. However, a more common scenario is the likelihood of water vapor coming up through the concrete floor and walls of the underground space.  Most people don’t think of concrete as being porous but it always has water vapor moving through it.  Dampness is your worst enemy when dealing with an underground space and the air quality in it. A basement dehumidifier will be your most effective method for controlling air quality and moisture levels. With the technology being put into today’s units, these devices can perform a range of functions that can help you monitor the rate of water removal. As always, seek the consultation of a professional who will be able to ensure that your space has sufficient ventilation and water removal capacity so that you can enjoy it for years to come.

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This article was published on Wednesday 25 July, 2012.

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