Basements can be a damp and humid place in the home, but don’t let that discourage you from turning yours into usable living space. There is a solution – waterproofing your basement.
First, test your basement for moisture – even if you don’t think you have a moisture problem.
Seal a piece of plastic tightly to an area on your basement floor. After a few days, check the plastic for moisture.
If you have moisture on the outside of the plastic, it means condensation is an issue. You can fix this with proper insulation and ventilation.
If you have moisture under the plastic, this is an indication that moisture is coming through your basement floor. You’ll need to address this issue to prevent future damage or mold growth in your basement.
Poor drainage outside the house can lead to wet basements. Take these steps to make sure water is directed at least 5 feet away from the foundation walls.