A dehumidifier in the basement can be used to control the amount of moisture in the air, which is better known as humidity. When a basement has excessive humidity, it can cause a lot of problems. This moisture-filled air can damage all wooden materials found under a home, including support beams, floor joists, staircases, banisters, or anything made of wood that may be stored under the home. Additionally, this rotting wood will cause problems for the structural integrity of the home and may also be attractive to unwanted critters, including termites and roaches. Even if you have a good basement waterproofing system installed, basement humidity can still be a problem.
However, one of the most notable things that basement humidity is known to cause is mold and mildew growth. Mold is a black or dark green fungus that grows on organic materials, in fact, it only needs three things to survive, which include: water, excessive humidity, and organic materials to feed off of. If you remove one of these elements, mold will not be able to grow. Homeowners need to realize the importance of preventing and removing this nasty fungus since it can lead to many additional problems for the home's overall well-being, as well as for its inhabitants' health.
Research has shown that mold can cause a number of health problems, including:
- Skin rashes
- Asthma attacks
- Respiratory problems
- Coughing and sneezing
- Cold/flu-like symptoms
When mold grows on a surface, it releases mold spores into the air. This air is circulated throughout the home, and your family will eventually breathe it in. Not only will the human members of your family be effected, but the poor indoor air quality can make your pets very sick, as well.
Controlling Basement Humidity
A dehumidifier can be installed quickly in the basement, and we have a variety of models available. We will help you to choose the best one for your home based on the basement's size. You won't want a system that is too large or too big for your home's unique needs. The dehumidifier will control the levels of humidity in the air so that you won't need to worry about dangerous mold growth or the other problems it can lead to.
For more information about controlling the amount of humidity in your basement, please feel free to give us a call today. We have basement experts on hand who will be able to address any questions or concerns that you may have about taking care of your basement and its overall health and well-being. We look forward to hearing from you soon.