What is Causing My Minneapolis Basement Moisture Control Issue?
Moisture control issues in the basement may lurk anywhere building components are below grade. Most basement moisture or humidity issues result from:
- Improper exterior grading
- Insufficient guttering or downspouts
- Lack of air circulation or conditioning
- Cooler surface temperatures below grade
Is My Musty Basement Really a Problem?
Damp basements can lead to the growth of mold, mildew, and other bacteria and biological matter. That musty smell is the byproduct of active growth.
The key to basement mold control is basement moisture and humidity control. If mold is a problem in your home, it needs to be taken care of and the sources of moisture need to be eliminated. Depending on the severity, moldy conditions can lead to rot, structural damage and a variety of health problems for susceptible individuals.
While the lack of a basement ventilation system and/or basement dehumidifier can contribute to basement humidity control issues, improper construction or maintenance, lack of landscaping or improper grading and lack of and rain gutters can also contribute to basement moisture control issues.