Why your Basement has Moisture during the Winter

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If you have a basement, does it feel more damp or muggy than the rest of your house? Basements have a tendency to trap moisture, which can lead to problems with mildew or mold. Ameri Care Services doesn’t want you to have a hazardous basement. That’s why we want to explore the issue of basement moisture and how our professional technicians can help.

Why Basements Have Moisture Problems

Your basement doesn’t get a lot of sunlight. It doesn’t hold in heat well, either. This is even more likely to occur during rainy months or in the winter. That’s usually why your basement feels moist or dank compared to the rest of your house. A dehumidifier can regulate the humidity in your home. Ameri Care Services realizes you probably already know what a dehumidifier is, but maybe you haven’t considered how it could help your basement moisture problem and prevent mold growth in your home.

Mold Prevention Tips

The best way to prevent mold growth is to manage the moisture level in your basement or crawl space:

  • Monitor Climate: The location of your home can be a critical factor in humidity levels. Cold weather climates can cause a dehumidifier to freeze. However, if you live in a high moisture area and your basement is receiving heat or air like the rest of your home, then a dehumidifier is a great option for mold prevention.
  • Humidity Levels: In the winter months you’ll need to pay frequent attention to your dehumidifier. Nashville and Murfreesboro, TN, experience humidity levels of about 50 percent even into the later winter months. That means you still should be running a dehumidifier. Anything above 50 percent is a potential hotbed for mold growth.
  • Dehumidifier Settings: Dehumidifiers don’t self-regulate based upon current humidity levels. Setting your professionally installed dehumidifier in Mt. Juliet at 30 percent will keep moisture levels in your basement at a safe level. This level is optimum to keep mold away while allowing you to breathe with comfort.
  • Regulate Temperature: Many homes struggle to maintain proper humidity levels and temperatures when it’s cold. Running your heat for a few short hours, instead of continuous use, and then turning it off lowers the humidity in your home without compromising warmth.

Moisture in your basement can be the starting point to a scary, fast-spreading mold problem. Mold grows quickly and can go unnoticed in your basement or crawlspace. If you’ve seen mold in your basement, then you should contact the Murfreesboro mold removal experts at Ameri Care Services.

Mold also can return if your basement’s humidity levels fluctuate. Manage humidity in your basement or crawlspace with the SaniDry Crawl Space Air System, a state-of-the-art dehumidifying system provided by Basement Systems.
While a store-bought dehumidifier may be helpful for removing moisture from a small room, it isn’t enough to maintain proper moisture levels in a basement or crawlspace. Some homeowners may benefit from a whole-house dehumidifier professionally installed by Ameri Care Services.

Professional Grade Crawl Space and Basement Dehumidifiers in Nashville

Ameri Care Services offers humidity control and mold treatment services to our customers in the areas of Nashville, Murfreesboro, Mt. Juliet, and Franklin, TN. Find out more by calling our office at (615) 893-7111 to schedule a free estimate with one of our professionals.