Solving Your Basement Moisture Issues: a DIY Action Plan

No season is particularly arid here in the greater Cincinnati region, with 42 inches of precipitation in an average year, all spread out pretty evenly across each month. That said, with all but a couple of inches of our snowfall falling between December and March, these months may bring the biggest worries where basement moisture issues are concerned. Instating a DIY action plan before things get out of hand is highly recommended.

Identify the Culprit

There’s standing water on your basement floor, but you don’t see any pipes leaking. Here’s a simple test.

While the threat of unwanted moisture is pretty much year-round with our climate, indoor humidity can peak in the heating season, when houses are buttoned up tightly without the dehumidification effect of our A/Cs to combat it. Just tape a square of aluminum foil to your basement wall, then check back in a couple of days. If there’s moisture on the outside (away from the wall), your problem is indoor condensation; if it’s on the inside, the water’s coming from outdoors.

From Inside

If the test reveals condensation to be your problem, you can try several remedies to cut it at source:

  • Ensure your drier’s vent is fully sealed.
  • Install (or check) extractors in every shower, bathroom and in the kitchen.
  • Insulate exposed pipes — and the walls themselves — to curb condensation where hot, humid air meets cooler surfaces.
  • Run a dehumidifier in the basement to speed the results.

From Outside

Ensure run-off is routed away from the house. Look for problems first on the side of the house where moisture’s most noticeable, searching for slopes that run downward toward the building, or parts of your run-off system that aren’t sufficient to clear rain and snow-melt entirely away from the structure. A drainage system may be required to prevent water being channeled toward the exterior walls of your basement. Both are jobs for the professionals.

In the greater Cincinnati area, that’s Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing. Contact us to arrange a free in-home consultation with one of our specialists, and together we’ll solve  your basement moisture issues.

Image via Shutterstock.com

"Ernie & Mike did a superb job on my new furnace and A/C installation. Despite having more than a day’s work to do, they came in and stayed until the job was done. They were organized, efficient, and protected the rest of the house well. Got both furnace and A/C installed the same day. Ernie was courteous, informative, and clearly knew his job better than anyone I’ve encountered before. The units look so good guests now get The Tour of our new system. Apollo is clearly not a fly-by-night company. I would recommend them to anyone in need of a new furnace and/or A/C."
- Jerry A.
"I called Apollo because of a water leak I thought I had in our upstairs shower going into the kitchen. Robbie came and assured me everything was fine & looked at all the other plumbing. He ended up changing a few pipes for our washer & clearing a drain. He was very nice & knowledgeable with all my questions. I ended up signing up for the care plan & was very happy with my service."
- Cassandra B.
"The team at Apollo exceeded my expectations. As a business owner, my attention to the details and commitment to providing excellent service is high. From the sales rep. to the installation team, everyone’s performance was outstanding. For example, the installation team went to great lengths to protect our floors, placing floor runners and across the wood floors and up the stairs. They even were spot washing walls upon their departure. I highly recommend this company."
- Randy B.
"We scheduled an estimate AND a tune-up. We knew something was wrong with our furnace, but hoped we could make it through the rest of the season. Upon telling Bill what our furnace was doing, he warned us immediately what the possible outcome was going to be; a cracked heat exchanger. He watched the flames roll backward, tested carbon monoxide levels, which were so high they meter’s last reading was 5,600 before saying “high”. He immediately shut it down, tagged it, and explained that with levels that high and children in our home he wanted off right away. He continued his inspection and showed us via a camera that not only was it cracked in multiple places, but had holes all over it. He gave us a few options for repairing it; his knowledge as well as genuine concern was beneficial and refreshing. Luckily we also scheduled an estimator, Micah, to come too and we were able to get costs between repairing and replacing (with several options). We decided to replace with a much higher efficiency furnace and one sized properly to our home. Hands down, not only did they both provide us great service and knowledge, but without sounding dramatic, they may have saved our lives. This was our first time calling Apollo, but it won’t be our last."
- Sarah B.
"Apollo is an excellent company. I always receive great service. Alex A. was professional and friendly. He kept me informed during the process of checking my furnace and heat pump to make sure they were working properly. The company makes sure you are notified who is coming and when they are on the way. All my interactions with the company have been wonderful."
- Beverly S.
    Image

    Financing

    Image

    Apollo Care Plan