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Basement Dehumidifier

A dehumidifier is used to remove excess moisture from your basement. It will keep your home dry and healthy while preventing water damage.

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A basement is an essential and practical part of the home. It’s often used as a storage space, which makes the home much more comfortable and easier to use. It can also be turned into an additional room when there’s a need for it. That’s why a homeowner needs to make sure that their basement is kept dry and safe to use. 

When a flood suddenly strikes your basement, there are things you can do to remove the water, such as installing sump pumps. The items destroyed can be replaced and the basement can be made waterproof. However, that doesn’t make the work complete. You’ll also have to remove the humidity left in the air. 

The humidity left in the air is a difficult and complex problem. It can cause mold and mildew to form over time, it’s also unhealthy and can create or exacerbate breathing problems you may have. Over time, humid air in the basement can also cause the wooden structures to rot and bend out of shape. That’s why the issue of excess humidity needs to be fixed by installing a dehumidifier. 

A flood is one of the most stressful problems that a homeowner in Michigan or Ohio can face. It can damage the property and create a lot of different issues with the home itself if it’s not addressed on time. The best way to deal with some of the problems flooding causes is to have a quality dehumidifier installed ahead of time. The dehumidifiers Foundation Systems of Michigan offers area heavy duty and beat the much less powerful ones available in box stores by a long shot. A sump pump will come in handy as well. It pumps water out of your basement, helping keep it dry after a flood. 

A Sump Pump System 

A sump pump system is used to remove the excess water from your basement. It consists of a sump pump pit that will collect all the water that accumulates in the basement, a pump that will activate itself once the pit is full, and a series of pipes that will move water away from the property.  

The sump pump plays a key part in keeping your home safe from floods since it activates when there’s a need for it. That way, the homeowner has an emergency system in place and doesn’t have to stay vigilant about the level of flooding in their basement.  

A good sump pump moves water far away from the home where it can be collected in a yard well. That way the water won’t accumulate around the property and cause pressure to the soil and therefore the foundation.  

How to Know Your Basement is Humid?  

Humidity in the basement isn’t something that just appears all of sudden. There are many other problems that you may notice that point to the increased humidity that you should be aware of.  

Leaks and floods are the most common and obvious sources of basement humidity. When you notice that the water is getting inside the basement, you’ll need to address the issue and stop the leak before it gets worse. After that, you should also address the humidity as well.  

Humidity in your area can also cause the home and especially the basement to become humid. The environment in Grand Rapids, MI is especially humid and during the summer the basement becomes unbearably humid as well. This becomes worse when the home is poorly insulated as well.  

Cracks in the basement walls and floors need to be addressed as well. That’s not only because that’s where the leaks can come in through them, but also because they are an indicator of other, often more serious problems. For instance, cracks can point towards the foundation issues.  

Mold and mildew is another problem that indicates high humidity levels in your basement. That’s because they are attracted to humid and damp places. When there’s an excess of humidity in your basement, mold and mildew will grow and be more difficult to remove. This is also a reason to address the dampness problem right away since mold and mildew can cause a variety of health problems if their spores linger in the air for a long time.  

Pests and insects are also drawn to the humidity of the basement in the same way the mold is. That means that if you notice more pests and insects in the basement than you’ve usually had, it’s probably because they are drawn in by the dampness and warmth of the place. Insects can cause harm and they make the space unusable, meaning that you should remove the humidity and thus the pests as soon as you can.  

What Causes Basement Humidity? 

clay bowl effect

The first step is figuring out that you have a humidity problem, but it’s not the last one. As soon as you figure out that you have a humidity problem, you should take the steps to figure out what has caused it in the first place. When you do that, you’ll be able to remove the cause of the problem and fix the humidity once and for all. 

Hydrostatic Pressure  

Water that accumulates around your home gets soaked into it. This is what happens when the snow starts to melt or when there’s heavy rain. The loose soil can’t absorb all the weight of the water at once and the more water comes in, the more pressure is put on the foundation of your home. In the long run, that pressure can cause the foundation to crack, sink, and get damaged in other ways. That’s how humidity finds its way into the basement. 

Clay Bowl Effect  

Sometimes the reasons for excess humidity in your basement are in the way the home was constructed in the first place.  

All basement construction starts with the digging of a huge hole around the perimeter of where the home will be constructed. This is where the foundation and the basement walls will be placed. It’s also the source of many structural problems. 

Once the foundation and basement walls are constructed, the soil is then refilled. The problem starts with the fact that this soil will always be looser than it was before, regardless of how good of a job the construction crew does. Since the soil isn’t as compact as it used to be it can be washed out during the storm or when the snows melt in the spring. This leaves the foundation without support and it starts to settle, shift and crack. This is known as the clay blow effect. 

The Solution—Basement Dehumidifiers  

Installing a Basement Dehumidifier  

The best way to deal with the excess humidity in the basement is to install a dehumidifier . A reliable basement dehumidifier will also filter out other damaging particles out of the basement air. Let’s examine what the dehumidifiers offered by  Foundation Systems of Michigan can do for your home.  

Here are a few features that a dehumidifier should have in order to keep your home safe and comfortable. 

Cooling System   

The humidity within the air goes into the dehumidifier through the fan. The air is then pushed through the cooling coils and the humidity is turned into water droplets. These are then collected into the container within the device itself. 

Our dehumidifiers can be  connected to the sump pump system directly, meaning that the homeowner doesn’t have to empty them out or monitor their work.  

Different types of dehumidifiers have different types of containers. In some cases, the homeowner needs to empty the container on their own, every once in a while. Other dehumidifiers can be connected to your sump pump and will empty the water they produce automatically. The ones offered by our team are the latter and they require less work out of the homeowner while keeping the home dry at all times. 

Heating System  

The heating system allows the water that’s not turned into vapor to get back into the air. Before it does the water is filtered and it comes back into the air clean and without the spores and microbes that might damage your health. It keeps the air in the basement fresh and clean. Not all dehumidifiers have this heating system. 

Our dehumidifiers aren’t used to clean and refresh the air, although they do that as well in the process of removing moisture from the basement. This is their main goal and the water collected in the dehumidifier is removed through the drainage system. 

Here are a few benefits that our dehumidifiers offer and that you should take into account when choosing one. Have in mind that none of our humidifiers are made to fit every home and every circumstance. 

Conserves Energy   

Dehumidifiers that you can get in a store are quite small. They work best in small rooms that aren’t that humid in the first place. However, that isn’t the case with those that you should install in your basement. 

For the basement, you should do your best to install an industry-grade dehumidifier. Our dehumidifiers are industrial grade and they can filter four times as much humidity as compared to other machines of the same size, while using the same amount of power. They are energy-star rated meaning they spend much less energy for the same cost. 

Saves You Money  

Using less energy also means saving money, in the long run. Using our dehumidifiers will help you reduce your energy bills. Warm air easily infiltrates through the home. That’s because it’s lighter and it moves up and in turn, it finds its path from the basement through the rest of the home. 

When there’s more humidity lingering in the air, you may end up using the air conditioner more to cool the hot air moving through the home. This is known as the stack effect and it impacts the whole property if it’s not resolved with a dehumidifier.  

When you use a dehumidifier, you won’t have to worry about hot air rising through the upper floors of your home. That way, using a dehumidifier helps not only with the humidity in the air but also with the temperature of your home. The humidifier will process the air and filter it back out at a preferred temperature. The stack effect can work in the reverse as well. During the winter, the cold air enters the home through the cracks in the basement and the walls. The denser air will push the warm air up and in effect replace it, leaving the home colder than it used to be. Using the air conditioner to fix this also means more expenses and more wasted energy. This too can be fixed with a dehumidifier that will heat the air and lower the stack effect. 

All of this means that the dehumidifier affects the temperature of the home as much as its humidity. It means that it affects the energy bill as well. 

Adjustable Humidity Settings  

Another great feature of a basement dehumidifier is that it can be adjusted in terms of the effects it accomplishes. It’s possible to set the dehumidifier so that creates the level of humidity that you prefer. There are recommendations as to how much it should be, but it’s also a matter of preference. 

Powerful Self-Draining System  

Another important feature of our dehumidifiers is their self-draining system. Not all dehumidifiers have this and it means that you can just install the device and leave it alone.  

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FAQ's

Humidity doesn’t always seem to be an important problem for most homeowners. However, it’s a mistake to think so. Lingering humidity can cause many problems over time. 

Water Damage Issues   

A lot of the time, homeowners overlook the fact that the humidity in the air is simply water. That means that it can cause every damage that water from a flood or a leak could; it just takes longer time to do so since there’s less of it. The water will damage the wooden structure and cause mold and mildew to grow inside the basement. 

Small water particles will find their way to the walls and floors of the home as well. That means that over time the humidity issues will get worse since there’s more of it in the basement. After a while, the walls will start to leak. 

Foundational Issues  

Water can cause damage outside of the basement itself. Over time, it will start causing damage to the foundation since it will saturate the soil and start putting pressure on it. As the pressure on the foundation grows the foundation will start to crack, sink or shift. It takes time for this to happen but when it does it will be noticeable on your walls and floors. 

The moisture will trickle down through the pores in the walls and concrete floors to the basement itself. It becomes especially dangerous when the water freezes during the winter. Moisture that is trapped within the concrete starts to expand when it’s frozen. This, in turn, leads to walls and foundation cracking and bursting.

Humidity in the basement isn’t something that just appears all of sudden. There are many other problems that you may notice that point to the increased humidity that you should be aware of.  

Leaks and Floods 

Leaks and floods are the most common and obvious sources of basement humidity. When you notice that water is getting inside the basement, you’ll need to address the issue and stop the leak before it gets worse. After that, you should also address the humidity as well.  

Humidity in your area can also cause the home and especially the basement to become humid. The environment in Grand Rapids, MI is especially humid and during the summer the basement becomes unbearably humid as well. This becomes worse when the home is poorly insulated as well.  

Mold and Mildew 

Mold and mildew is another problem that indicates high humidity levels in your basement. That’s because they are attracted to humid and damp places. When there’s an excess of humidity in your basement, mold and mildew will grow and be more difficult to remove. This is also a reason to address the dampness problem right away since mold and mildew can cause a variety of health problems if their spores linger in the air for a long time.  

Pests and insects are also drawn to the humidity of the basement in the same way the mold is. That means that if you notice more pests and insects in the basement than you’ve usually had, it’s probably because they are drawn in by the dampness and warmth of the place. Insects can cause harm and they make the space unusable, meaning that you should remove the humidity and thus the pests as soon as you can.

It’s not possible to place any dehumidifier into the basement and hope that it will do the job. In fact, most small dehumidifiers aren’t enough to deal with the humidity accumulated in the basement. Instead, you’ll need an industry-grade dehumidifier installed by a professional. 

Why Store-Bought Dehumidifiers Are Not Enough   

Most homeowners have had some experience with the humidifier with the small ones that can be bought in any store. However, these aren’t the same as the ones that are used for basements. First and foremost, those dehumidifiers won’t work in the basement since they are far too cold for the devices to be able to work in. Room dehumidifiers only work on temperatures above 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Basements are cooler than that. 

Our team offers dehumidifiers that are more powerful and therefore more efficient than the average ones you can get in any store. Our dehumidifiers are equally efficient in colder temperatures. They won’t break down when they need to handle the excess humidity often found in basements. Dehumidifiers that we install also don’t need to be maintained or emptied out. 

Rely on Basement Experts  

The experts from Foundation Systems of Michigan  are equipped and trained to install all waterproofing solutions that your basement needs. This includes installing the dehumidifier and helping you choose the one that will best fit the size and the needs of your basement. They can also install other tools needed for this purpose including pumps, pipes, and moisture barriers. 

We are also able to fix smaller issues with your basement that we notice during the inspection process. These include fixing up the cracks and gaps in walls and floors. Our team will point out any larger issues that require more work and provide you with a course of action on those as well. Sometimes, these will require complex repairs and the decision to venture into those is up to you.

Contact Foundation Systems of Michigan for Your Dehumidifier Needs  

A humid basement is a source of many health and safety issues. This is especially so if the basement is left unattended and you ignore the humidity problem. If you’re having this problem in your basement, contact our experts and schedule a free inspection before choosing a dehumidifier for your basement. 

We offer an award-winning service in the field of basement waterproofing and our team has years of experience in the field. Start with the inspection done by our team of engineers and we’ll provide you with a quote within a day. Our basement waterproofing repairs also come with a transferable warranty. There’s a transparent pricing policy, so you’ll know what you’re paying for from day one.

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