Whether your basement is unfinished and used for storage, or it’s a finished room that offers fun or functionality, it needs to have good ventilation. Every other room in your house has good ventilation, so why not your basement? Here are five reasons you should consider investing in basement ventilation.
Basement Ventilation Prevents Damage
If your basement does not have proper ventilation, then everything in it can be affected by moisture and bad air that is trapped in there. This is true even if the only things in your basement are your water heater and some other appliances. The moisture trapped in your basement can cause rust and other unnecessary types of damage. This will shorten the lifespan of the appliances you have. It can also cause structural integrity issues due to water damage causing rot to set in.
If you have a finished basement then everything is susceptible to the damage caused by improper ventilation. In addition, without proper basement ventilation, your basement is going to have a dank and humid feel to it, which isn’t pleasant to hang out in.
Moisture can wreak havoc on your home. If you have a moisture problem in your basement, it will spread to the rest of the house over time. Anything you store in your basement will be at risk for water damage and mold. It will also start to have an unpleasant musty smell that will be difficult to get rid of once it reaches the rest of your home.
Where there is moisture, there is the potential for mold – even if your basement is finished and you don’t have standing water anywhere. If your basement isn’t properly ventilated, the moisture that is trapped will attract mold. That mold can spread to the rest of the house.
Improve Air Quality
When your basement doesn’t have proper ventilation, that damp air doesn’t stay contained in the basement. The musty smell can permeate the rest of your home. If mold has started to develop in the basement, those mold spores will spread to the rest of your home. This makes getting rid of a mold problem much more difficult to take care of.
Radon is present in all homes in some quantity. It is gas that is a by-product of uranium decaying in the rocks and soil around your home. Since your basement is under the ground level, this can escalate to dangerous levels if not properly ventilated. Most states have a free radon testing kit so you can check the levels yourself.
No matter how you use your basement space, it’s important that the air quality of your basement is safe for your family. At HS Restoration, we can help you figure out the best method of basement ventilation for your home. We provide free estimates and we treat your home like our own. Check out all the ways HS Restoration can help you here.