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Basement Condensation

While it may not seem like a big problem. Condensation in your basement is a major sign that it is suffering from some sort of water damage.

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If you notice water droplets forming on the windows and walls of your home’s basement, then you have a condensation problem. At Dry Pro Foundation and Crawlspace Specialists, we have the tools and knowledge to take on the problem that is causing your basement to experience excess humidity and condensation.

What Causes Condensation in Your Basement

Interior Wall Crack and Bowing Walls

Wall Cracks

Basements are primarily underground, therefore they are surrounded by soil. Weather, such as heavy rains and floods, causes the soil around your basement to become saturated with water. Condensation occurs when moisture from the expansive clay soils, which are found in the Greater Charlotte area, infiltrates the basement through cracks in the walls. This causes pressure against your basement walls that will lead to more cracks, creating more opportunities for water to make its way inside your basement. Even the slightest amount of moisture in your basement can cause condensation to form. 

Condensation

Cold Water Pipes Without Insulation

If you have an unfinished basement, the pipes will most likely be exposed to the elements, especially humidity. Because cold air cannot contain as much water vapor as warm air, your pipes will begin to “sweat.” Copper pipes become exceedingly chilly when cold water runs through them. The temperature of warm, moisture-laden air drops when it comes into contact with the pipes, and it is cooled below the dew point. As a result, the water vapor condenses and collects on the exterior of the pipe. Adding insulation to your basement can prevent this issue from happening. 

poor drainage and flooding around home

Poor Drainage

If you have the right drainage system installed, then you should have a dry basement with controlled humidity levels. When your foundation lacks proper drainage, you will likely notice more condensation in your home’s basement. In addition to causing condensation, poor drainage can also lead to flooding in your basement. As mentioned above, even the smallest amount of water can cause condensation to form on cool surfaces like windows, walls, and pipes. If you are noticing signs of a failing or non-existent drainage system, such as condensation in your basement or pooling water around your foundation, then it is time to call a professional.

FAQs

If you are experiencing condensation in your basement, there are several different ways that you can go about fixing the problem. One preventative solution is basement waterproofing. Having a professional install a sump pump, which is made to remove large amounts of water in a short amount of time, can help stop your basement from being flooded with water. Once this water and any mold or other organic materials are removed from your basement, you can have a dehumidifier installed. A dehumidifier will help control moisture levels inside your basement, eliminating the threat of basement condensation. 

While it may seem like an easy fix, you should not attempt to fix condensation problems in your basement on your own. Hiring a professional, like Dry Pro, is the best solution when you are dealing with annoying condensation in your basement. Moisture problems and water damage, after all, can cause serious damage to your property and even jeopardize its structural integrity. In addition to further damaging your property, attempting to repair the issue on your own can lead to damage that will cost you more than if had hired a professional in the first place. 

Mold and mildew can quickly grow around a window if condensation forms on it. To survive, mold requires humidity levels of at least 70 percent, and condensation levels of 100 percent humidity. As a result, moisture provides the perfect habitat for mold to thrive. Mold can appear around windows with a lot of condensation even if the humidity levels in the rest of your basement are sufficient. When mold forms, it can lead to flareups in asthma and allergy sufferers. In addition to mold, basement condensation makes your basement a haven for harmful pests like mice and cockroaches. 

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We, at Dry Pro, are used to hot, humid summers and chilly, rainy winters. As a result, you can rest assured that we understand how to deal with basement and foundation problems in homes around Charlotte and Hickory. Our experts are also familiar with the two types of soil found in these areas: expansive clay and clay loam soil, as well as how they affect homes. Contact us if you’re having issues with your basement that are causing condensation to form on the walls, windows, and other places. We offer free, no-obligation foundation inspections of your complete home so you can be sure the issue is with your foundation. 

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