Summer is upon us, which is a much-welcomed change. However, there are some special considerations for your finished basement in the summer months. These tips will help you to get the most out of your finished basement, and to ensure that it stays in the best possible shape.
Prevent Basement Moisture
With snow-melt and spring rains, the soil will become saturated, and basement moisture can become problematic. Make sure that your property has adequate drainage, and check for leaks in your basement. If your basement ahs any features that are subject to water damage, such as carpeted floors, now might be the time to upgrade to something that’s more moisture-resistant.
Condensation, which appears as beads of water on the walls or as wet spots on the floor, is another source of summer basement moisture. “Sweating” pipes, warming temperatures and inadequate ventilation can cause basement condensation, and you may need the help of a professional to identify and rectify basement condensation.
Protect against Humidity
The summer months are more humid than the spring or fall, and excess humidity is the number one factor for Toronto basement mold. Monitor your basement’s humidity regularly, and install a dehumidifier if appropriate. Additionally, make sure that you’ve taken general precautions to prevent basement mold.
Finished Basement Cooling
Although your basement may stay cooler than other parts of your home, you may need to cool it in the hottest summer days, particularly for a walk-out basement. A window air conditioner is likely sufficient in most cases, although a forced air system is another potential option for basement cooling.
Are you the proud owner of a finished basement? If so, how are you preparing to enjoy your basement the most this summer season? Tell us all about it by leaving a comment in the comments section below!