A basement can be a fun additional hang-out room or a useful storage area. However, the climate in your basement can feel humid and stuffy. It can be difficult to move air around in your basement since it may not have many – or any – windows. Basement ventilation can help take the stale and moist air out of your home and circulate fresh air, making the whole area more comfortable. It can also help make the air quality in your home safer by getting rid of harmful substances in the air.
How Basement Ventilation Helps With Humidity
Basements tend to be humid, even in a climate that doesn’t have much humidity. Since basements are mostly underground, water vapor from the surrounding soil seeps in through the walls. Basement ventilation helps by taking the moist air out of the basement and circulating the dry air. This is similar to how your vent fan takes out steam-filled air in your bathroom during a hot shower.
Moisture Leads to Mold
Mold is a common problem in basements. If your basement is damp and you aren’t down there very often, then you may not even notice a mold problem right away. Moisture and mold can eat away at support structures and cause some major repair bills if left unchecked. The easiest way to keep mold away is by taking away the moisture it needs to grow.
Mold in your basement will not just stay in your basement. It travels by mold spores, and it can easily spread throughout your home. The air quality in your entire home can be affected by the air in your basement. In fact, around 60 percent of the air in your home comes from your basement and crawlspace. If you suffer from allergies or notice they have gotten worse, then the air quality in your home may be the problem.
It Helps Get Rid of Radon
Radon is a gas that is produced from uranium decay in rocks and soil. It is all around us in small quantities and usually harmless. Since rocks and soil surround your basement, radon can accumulate in larger and dangerous amounts. The easiest way to prevent this from happening is by ensuring that there is good ventilation and airflow in your basement.
Your basement has so many uses, but if it is damp and musty, then it isn’t a pleasant place to hang out. It also can’t function as a storage area, since the moisture will damage any items you want to store. Basement ventilation can make that area a useful space and prevent a number of problems down the road.
At HS Restoration, we use Smart Vent Installation. This technology helps protect your home from flooding as well as providing ventilation for your basement. Contact us to find out more about our options and what we can do to find the best solution for your home. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If your basement has a stuffy feeling to it, give us a call today!