Basement Moisture & Stack Effect
Do you believe the air in your home is clean? Most people do. But then again, most people don’t know that more than 60% of the air that circulates in their homes comes from their basement. This is because of a phenomenon known as the stack effect.
How Stack Effect Works
Whether or not you loved science classes in school, you’ve probably come across the phrase ‘hot air rises’. This is the principle that drives the stack effect. The warm air in the living spaces rises up and may escape through the attic or windows. Cooler air in lower spaces e.g. the basement, then rises up through suction to replace the air that has left a vacuum. The air in your basement rises through the spaces in the floor boards, doors and any other space it finds.
Why Should You Care?
You may be wondering what this has to do with basement moisture. The answer is, a lot. If most of the air circulating in your home comes from your basement, shouldn’t you be concerned about the state of your basement?
Basement moisture isn’t only a problem that results in a great big stink in the basement. It also results in poor air quality because of mold and pest infestation. Mold spores and dust mite feces are common allergens that are related to high levels of moisture in basements. These allergens rise with the air from the basement into the living space.
You may be thinking that your air conditioning system will filter out these pollutants. However, many times air conditioning systems and other air filtration systems aren’t 100% effective against these biological pollutants. There are serious health effects related to mold spores and pest feces. You’ll therefore be putting your household at risk if you don’t deal with the moisture problem in your basement.
It’s important to ensure that your basement’s moisture problems are solved as soon as you notice them. Contact a waterproofing contractor to examine the basement and determine the best way to deal with the problem. Ensure that you explore long term solutions for basement waterproofing. This will prevent future problems from occurring in your basement. It will also ensure that the air quality in the rest of your home remains good.
Always use an experienced basement waterproofing contractor for any work that needs to be done on your basement. This will ensure you get the best results.