Moisture in the basement storage area can cause damage to the items that are kept there. Objects made of paper material like books and photos absorb the moisture and get damaged. Metal objects can get rusted. Clothes and carpets show signs of mold and mildew on absorbing moisture. To prevent damage to the articles stored in the basement, follow these tips.
Insulate Utility Pipes and Walls
Moisture can seep from the utility pipes that lead to the basement. Both the hot water and cold water pipes should be insulated with foam to prevent condensation. The basement walls should be insulated to prevent moisture from seeping through the building materials. Use vapor retardants.
Use a Dehumidifier
If there is already moisture in the basement storage area, use a good dehumidifier to remove it.
Provide for Ventilation
Ensure that there is enough air circulation in the basement storage area. You can use a fan or open up a window.
Seal the Ducts
Moisture can leak through the ducts in the air conditioning system. All of the joints in the ducts should be sealed with the help of a sealant.
Ensure that gutters and drainage are in place so that the rainwater can flow from the house.
Place a foundation drain beneath the drainage plane and next to the footing. The foundation drain stops water from flowing against the foundation wall. Put gravel on the drain pipe.
Damp Proof Wall
The foundation wall should be damp-proofed. It will stop the wall from absorbing moisture from the ground, which seeps through capillary action.