Solution: Fix plumbing immediately, open windows or dry clothes in an automatic dryer vented outside. If the issue persists, experiment with having a large-capacity dehumidifier to eliminate condensation. Try borrowing from a friend or neighbor prior to investing in what may prove to be the wrong remedy.
Focus On The Source Of Continuous Issues
If each apparent, logical means of eliminating wetness fails to create a dry cellar, do not waste money or time on arbitrary possible solutions. Locating the cause of the issue is absolutely vital to its cure. The hardest type of water problem to fix is one created by faulty construction practices at the time the home was constructed. Proper drainage is a important consideration in selecting the website for a new residence. This includes not just the drainage of surface water but also drainage of any subsurface or ground water which may already exist, or that may accumulate over a time period and be blocked out of its usual path of flow from the new structure.
If the subsurface or ground water level is near the bottom of the basement floor slab, water rises through the slab by capillary action, making dampness. If the subsurface or ground water level is greater than the basement floor, water flows in through the walls and flooring or enters by capillary action, causing standing water from the cellar and, occasionally, dampness from the rooms above. Under ideal circumstances, a home should be located so that even during rainy seasons that the subsurface or ground water level is at least ten feet below the final level–well below the typical basement floor.
Sometimes, it’s not possible to fully remove dampness from a cellar whose structure did not take under account the basic principles of good drainage. Only after soil borings are done can anyone knowledgeably predict that, if any, course of action has a chance for success.