How To Dry Out A Moist Basement Without Making A Big Investment
Is your basement always a little damp and moist even though you don't have any overt puddles or standing water? You could spend thousands having extra concrete poured or having the walls sealed. If you're on a tight budget, this does not mean you have to just ignore the problem in your basement. Here are some ways to reduce the moisture levels in your basement without making a huge investment.
Buy a Portable Dehumidifier
Dehumidifiers have a reputation of being expensive and overpriced. Whole-home dehumidifiers, which integrate with your HVAC system, are often expensive. But portable dehumidifiers are another story. You can find a large capacity one, which is generally large enough for the average basement, for between $200 and $300. Portable dehumidifiers plug into a regular outlet. The device will slowly suck moisture out of the air and deposit it in a pan, which you'll need to empty every day or two.
Extend Your Downspouts
Take a look at the downspouts connected to your gutters. If your home is like many, they empty near the base of your home. This gives the water a pretty direct route into your basement. Purchase some longer gutter portions, and attach them to the end of your downspouts to direct the water farther away from your home. If you purchase the right width gutter, you should be able to just slide the extra piece onto the end of your existing downspout. If it seems to be popping off, you can secure it with a little super glue or epoxy.
Put Out Some Desiccants
Several small rooms and corners in a basement can interfere with air circulation. Therefore, your dehumidifier may not effectively remove moisture from the air in all of these smaller areas.You can correct this by purchasing some containers of desiccant. These are materials designed to slowly absorb moisture from the air and hang onto it. They tend to come in cylindrical containers. You just remove the lid and put the cylinder in place in the rooms that don't benefit from the dehumidifier. Every few weeks, throw away the desiccant and replace it with a new one.
If you follow the steps above and your basement still seems very moist, a good next step is to have the smaller cracks and holes in the floor and walls sealed with caulk or a waterproofing agent. Contact a construction expert in your area to get an estimate.