How to Reduce Basement Moisture

If you have a basement, especially in an older home, you may have basement moisture problems. There are several things you can do to reduce these problems.

You Will Need

  • Caulking
  • Wrench
  • Dehumidifier
  • Fan
  • Pipe wrap

Step 1: Check Your Appliances

If you have your washer and dryer in the basement, check the water lines going into the washer to make sure they are tight. Even a slight drip can contribute to basement moisture. Use the wrench to tighten the connections. Also check your dryer vent hose to be sure it isn't clogged and that the end of the hose is attached firmly to the dryer. Make sure it is vented properly to the outside, as moist air from the dryer will cause moisture problems in your basement.

Step 2: Check Pipes

Check all the pipes in the basement for leaks, as well as condensation. If there appears to be condensation you can remedy this by using pipe wrap to warm the pipes. Apply as directed by the manufacturer.

Step 3: Windows

If you have basement windows, be sure they are sealed by caulking around them to keep rainwater from leaking inside. Open the windows to allow air to circulate in the basement during warm, dry months.

Step 4: Use Dehumidifier

Many people have great success with using a dehumidifier to reduce basement moisture. They pull the air in, remove the moisture and blow dry air back into the space.