We all know basements sit below the ground, but did you know that this puts them at greater risk for moisture damage? Water often seeps below the surface and could leak into your basement, causing humidity levels to rise.
You might experience a variety of problem signs when water infiltrates your basement. However, installing a basement dehumidifier helps keep your basement dry by removing humid air. Let’s explore more about this waterproofing solution!
How a Basement Dehumidifier Works
The installation of a basement dehumidifier is pretty simple but should still be handled by a professional for the best results. Plus, the benefits it provides to your home are long-lasting.
- Placing the Unit: Our team will come to your home to identify the source of the problem. Once this is determined, our installation specialists install our basement air system in the most strategic spot possible in your basement. Once turned on, the dehumidifier immediately begins lowering the high humidity from the space.
- Working Efficiently: Our basement dehumidifier is certified energy efficient by ENERGY STAR®, so you’ll be saving money as the air system does its job. Even better, our dehumidifier can remove around 100 pints of water per day. As the water passes through the system, it is cooled by a refrigerated coil, removing the water vapor within. With the savings on energy and the high amount of water removal, our dehumidifier ends up saving you costs in more ways than one.
- Ensuring Protection: Beyond removing excess moisture from your basement, our dehumidifier is also equipped with various accessories that protect it from malfunctioning. These include a scratch-resistant surface, an automatic sensor for self-draining, and an LCDI plug that protects the system’s electrical circuit. With these additional accessories, your basement stays well-protected.
What Sets our Basement Dehumidifier Apart?
- Its lightweight design makes it easy to install and access if needed. Additionally, handles make our dehumidifier easy to transport for any reason.
- It is possible to incorporate your home’s ductwork with our dehumidifier to provide even more powerful protection against water vapor.
- With a long-term, transferable warranty, you can be sure that your dehumidifier is covered in case of any emergency.
Signs Your Home Needs a Basement Dehumidifier
Mold is one of the biggest indicators of water vapor in your basement. This harmful fungus needs two things to survive – organic matter and humidity between 50 and 60 percent. Many organic materials are used during the construction of a basement including wood and cloth. When moisture levels rise in your basement, it provides the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew to spread. Dehumidifiers make it difficult for mold to grow by removing water vapor from the air. Plus, our air system filters air down to 2 microns, which destroys free-floating mold spores.
Efflorescence is a harmless chemical reaction that occurs in humid environments. As water vapor reacts with the minerals in your basement’s concrete walls, it leaves behind a chalky, flaky white substance. While this chemical reaction doesn’t negatively affect humans, it can still look unnerving and indicates the presence of water and humidity in your basement. Without a dehumidifier, efflorescence is a warning sign that more serious problems will occur soon.
Basement cracks usually occur because of a soil problem outside of your basement. However, once these cracks open up, they provide the perfect passage for humid air outside to infiltrate your basement. Dehumidifiers stop water vapor from causing any damage, but make sure to get the walls fixed with some of our foundation solutions as well.
Yes. Our dehumidifiers help you save money in more ways than one. Guaranteed energy efficiency allows our dehumidifiers to use less power while still providing high-quality protection. Additionally, removing water vapor from your basement helps your HVAC system work more efficiently since vapor can no longer spread throughout your whole house. With both of these money-saving aspects in mind, you can see why moisture removal is going to end up saving you money in the long run.
For the majority of basements, keeping humidity levels between 30 and 50 percent is preferred. Keep in mind, this may change depending on the climate you live in. Homes in dryer areas may want slightly higher humidity while homes in wetter areas may want less. Whatever the case, our dehumidifiers easily keep your basement at your preferred humidity level.
Yes, water vapor never rests – so your dehumidifier shouldn’t either. As mentioned, our air system is ENERGY STAR® efficient, so leaving it on all the time won’t cost you an exuberant amount. Plus, with its automatic self-draining system, your dehumidifier doesn’t turn off when it’s full. Keeping your dehumidifier on is the key to keeping humidity levels controlled at all times and improving air quality.
Call Our Basement Experts for a Free Inspection
At Basement Authority of West Virginia, we know the value of a healthy basement. Whether you use it for storage, extra living space, or as a laundry room, our dehumidifier helps keep your basement dry. Don’t let mold or humidity ruin this vital area. Contact us today to learn more about our other basement waterproofing solutions. One of our specialists will inspect your home for free and determine the best course of action based on your needs. Since 2003, our team has helped homeowners in Charleston, Huntington, Morgantown, Wheeling, and surrounding areas keep their basements protected. We’re here to do the same for you!