Is Basement Waterproofing Enough?
When your basement leaks, your entire home can be affected from the moisture. The presence of moisture inside your home can cause an array of problems. Basement waterproofing will stop the water from coming in, but the moisture already in your home must be considered. Excess moisture inside your home promotes biological growth of mold, mites, infestation and termites. So what do you do? The prevalent approach of using dehumidifiers, have proved costly to run and maintain, are limited in capacity and do not improve the air quality at all. Dehumidifiers provide moisture control only within a specified area. The coverage is limited and there may be a need for additional units.
Will a Dehumidifier Dry Out The Structure?
Water can be absorbed into walls, beams, floors and concrete. A flow of air over these surfaces is necessary to draw out the moisture that is saturated. Often the moisture content is too high, and there is serious damage to beams, floor buckling, rust and other damage. Also wet wood increases termite activity. Dehumidifiers do not provide the circulation to dry out the structure.
Alternative to Removing Moisture After Basement Waterproofing
Dehumidifiers require filters and emptying water. They are hot and noisy. A ventilation unit is a much better solution. Not only does a ventilation unit remove excess moisture from your home and the structure of your home, it will improve the air quality in your whole house. The Birmingham Handyman can supply and install your ventilation unit after your basement waterproofing is completed. Every home contains moisture and pollutants, even homes without basements. Ventilation units are also available for crawl space and slab homes.
Benefits of a Ventilation Unit vs Dehumidifiers
- Energy- One ventilation unit provides moisture control for the whole home. Dehumidifier coverage is limited and may require additional units to achieve ideal moisture levels. The ventilation unit costs approx $2 – $3 per month to operate whereas a dehumidifier can range from $40 – $70. Some high capacity dehumidifiers can cost as much as $100 or more per month.
- Air Quality- A ventilation unit expels gasses, toxins, pollutants and VOC’s that naturally build up in your house. With the ventilation unit, your entire house is getting 6 – 10 air exchanges per day, resulting in moisture control and improved air quality. Dehumidifiers recirculated the same polluted air over and over again.
- Protection- The flow of air that is created by a ventilation unit draws out moisture saturated in walls, beams, floors and concrete. Saturated moisture can lead to problems like floor buckling, rust and increased termite activity. Dehumidifiers do not provide the necessary circulation to dry out the structure.
- Ventilation- Stagnant moist air nourishes biological growth of mold, musty odors (byproduct of mold), mildew, dust mites, infestation and other biological growths. The constant air flow created from a ventilation unit deprives these biological groups the moisture they need to flourish.
- Maintenance- The ventilation unit is quite and efficient, does not require any maintenance and has a 10 year warranty on parts. Dehumidifiers are noisy, hot and the average warranty on parts is only 90 days.
Building codes and regulatory bodies are recommending changes that will mandate controlled ventilation for moisture control and necessary air exchanges.