4 Tips to Maintain a Healthy Basement

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What does it mean to maintain a healthy basement? Waterproofing specialists in Murfreesboro are referring to keeping your basement free of moisture and mildew overgrowth. Basements are below-grade spaces that are notorious for experiencing moisture problems that breed mildew and mold, which can pose serious health threats or make existing health problems, specifically allergies and lung diseases worse. Therefore, Ameri Care Services has come up with four tips to help you maintain a healthy basement for you and your family.

  1. Use a dehumidifier in your basement

It is crucial to keep the moisture level in your basement low. Moisture naturally occurs in below-grade spaces like basements and crawlspaces, so you have that working against you. While some homeowners may get by with a basic dehumidifier that you can purchase at the store, oftentimes these are not powerful enough to really make much of a difference on the humidity level, especially in large spaces. Ameri Care Services offers a high efficient dehumidifier by Basement Systems, known as the SaniDry. It is a two-stage filtration system that has the capabilities to filer out micron-sized particles in the air and maintains a suitable humidity level in your basement.

  1. Keep your finished basement warm during winter

Of course, you want your basement to feel warm and inviting during the winter, but a lot of times, homeowners may only warm up their basement when they are going to be using it because it may not be a space that you frequent on a daily basis. Instead, you should maintain an adequate temperature in your basement during the winter, even when you aren’t using it. Heat dries out the air, which helps keep moisture levels low. Maintain a temperature between 58 to 60 degrees during the cooler months.

  1. Get rid of the carpet in your basement

Many homeowners like to have carpet in their basement because it makes the space feel cozy and warm. But, the problem with a carpeted basement is that carpet traps biodegradable dust, which can breed mold. While your basement may be a useable, functional space, just like the rest of your home, it is advised that you choose a flooring material that is hard, like vinyl or tile. Even hardwood or laminate would be a better choice for your basement than carpet.

  1. Store your belongings properly

This is especially helpful if you have an unfinished basement that you use just for storage purposes. Avoid allowing storage boxes to sit directly on top of the concrete. Concrete is porous, which can trap moisture and breed mildew that could penetrate the box and ruin your belongings. It is recommended that you store boxes or belongings on shelves that are at least 18 inches away from the foundation, and six inches up from the basement flooring. If you must store boxes directly on the concrete floor, consider placing a waterproof barrier such as a foil-laminated sheet of foam insulation to protect your box of belongings.

It is essential to your health, as well as your home’s structure, to maintain a healthy basement or below-grade space. If you would like to learn more about our waterproofing services, or how we can help you lower the humidity levels in your basement, contact Ameri Care Services by calling  (615) 893-7111. We provide services to the areas of Murfreesboro, Hermitage, and Mt. Juliet, TN.