When “dry” means – feels dry, smells dry, and looks dry. Just because you have a waterproofing system, doesn't mean you have a dry basement.
A damp basement can create numerous problems for you home in terms of both comfort and function. Luckily, Systèmes Sous-sol Québec is here to help educate you on the risks of basement moisture and the ways to prevent it.
Whenever the outside air is warmer than the inside air – and especially when it's humid outside air – we are likely to have a condensation problem in our subterranean levels. This is because the Relative Humidity of air goes up 2.2% for every one-degree you cool it. Basements are always cool because they are below ground, and we know that a house is like a chimney – air flows upwards, allowing air to escape the upper levels, with new air being sucked in at the lower levels.
So, when it's hot and humid in the summer, rain or not, our basement may be the wettest it has been all year!
If it's an 80-degree day with Relative Humidity of 80%, and we suck this air into our basements and cool it to 68 degrees, the Relative Humidity goes up by 26.4% (12 degrees x 2.2%). Wait a minute... 80% plus 26.4% is more than 100%, and we can't have more than 100%. So instead, as the air becomes saturated it gives up its moisture on your cold basement walls, floor, water tank, pipes, and other cold things. This is called condensation.
Even without condensation, we still get high relative humidity levels, which allows mould to grow and cause “stinky basement syndrome.” Additionally, dust mites love high relative humidity levels.
In order to eliminate condensation, you need to either heat the air, which is ridiculous in the summer, or take water out of it, which is easy to do -- if you have the right equipment. Systèmes Sous-sol Québec has the expertise, equipment, and products to keep your basement dry and comfortable.
A dehumidifier is the plain answer, but not just any dehumidifier. Basement Systems has been dealing with this issue intensely for nearly 20 years, and we know the only machine that will get you the results you need is a SaniDry™ Basement Air System.
To receive a FREE copy of “Dry Basement Science,” which talks in more detail about dehumidification, relative humidity, and the SaniDry™ Basement and Crawl Space Air System, schedule your FREE home inspection and estimate, and we'll send the book to you!
Our experts will can give you all the information you need to keep your home dry and comfortable all year long. Call us today for a free estimate on all our basement waterproofing services. We proudly serve in Montreal, Quebec City, Laval, Sherbrooke, Longueuil, Gatineau, Trois-Rivieres, Terre-bonne, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Levis, and throughout Quebec.