A damp basement can wreak havoc with electronics, and turn books and other objects into soggy breeding grounds for mold and mildew. This mold and mildew then enter the air through your home’s ventilation system causing many upper respiratory issues.

Meanwhile, a dry basement creates another living area, rec room, or even more bedroom space, which increases the value of your home. If the choice is between a home with a dry basement, or one with that tell-tale damp odor, a savvy buyer will gladly pay thousands more for the home with the dry basement. It usually means fewer headaches, maintenance, and repairs. A dry basement commands a higher resale value because it saves precious dollars down the line.

There are a few steps you can take to protect your basement from moisture:

Dehumidifiers

A dehumidifier conditions the air in the basement by condensing moisture from the air and diverting it elsewhere (usually down a drain or outside the home). A humidity level of 40-50% is ideal and will prevent mold growth and other consequences of moisture in the air. Look for a unit with auto shut-off, so it can detect when it is necessary to run, saving you energy in the process. Many units can be hooked up to a garden hose and drain continuously. Some also have wheels so you can reposition them as needed.

Sump Pumps

When it rains, water seeps into the ground and tends to accumulate around a home’s foundation. A sump pump pumps this water away from the house, preventing the water from entering the home and possibly flooding the basement. The two most common types are pedestal and submersible sump pumps. Submersible pumps are installed beneath the basement floor and accessible through an access panel. They are quieter and less visible than pedestal sump pumps. Pedestal sumps are cheaper, but the motor sits above the sump basin and it can be loud when running. Regardless of the style, consider buying a pump with a battery backup, since a sump pump is most needed during heavy storms when power outages are likely.

Basement Water Detector

For an extra layer of protection in keeping a dry basement, purchase a basement water alarm. The PumpAlarm.com unit has unique sensors are placed in areas that should normally be dry. They send an alarm when they detect the presence of water. Premium detectors can even send SMS text messages to your mobile device. This layer of protection can provide advanced notification of a flood, preventing thousands of dollars in damage.

For early water damage notification install a Cellular Pump Alarm near your sump pit, water heater, washing machine and anywhere else prone to costly water damage.

Help increase your homes value by keeping your basement dry using some of the tips above. Do you have any other ideas for keeping your basement dry? Please let us know.