You know what condensation is, and you for sure know what a basement is – but do you know what basement condensation is and how it can affect the structural integrity of your home in Toronto? Whether you’re trying to remodel your basement, finish your basement, or find the best basement waterproofing service in Toronto, you’ll want to know the basics of basement condensation.
What’s the Difference Between a Leak and Condensation?
If you find that you’re having water problems, but have no signs of an obvious leak or water flow problems, and see that you have a serious dampness issue within your basement, your home may be suffering from basement condensation. You might not have a leak per se, but some form of moisture is getting through to your basement and softening the integrity. If you find that you’re having dampness issues during hot weather, your problem is most likely a basement condensation issue.
Okay, So What’s Basement Condensation?
In short, the more humid the air is, the more condensation in your basement you may find. The cooler the air, the less moisture is in the air. You may feel this yourself by the humidity levels. After learning this, you may see why your basement has issues with dampness when the weather isn’t to your liking, rather than dampness due to a leak. Have you ever seen the moisture on the grass due to the temperatures shifting from overnight to day time? While this is not humidity, this is another form of condensation – the same temperature methods on your grass are also used to promote basement condensation in your home. When warm meets cool, and this cools off the air around, you’ll see droplets of water in or around your basement on the walls or ceiling.
How to Test if You Have Basement Condensation Issues
In order to test whether or not your home has basement condensation issues (if you can’t see it outright), you’ll want to take a piece of plastic wrap and put it onto the area of the wall in your basement where you may have noticed dampness or water droplets at one point. Make sure this plastic piece is large enough to make sure you’re getting results – we’ll say anything that’s 9-inches by 9-inches or bigger. Tape around the edges of this plastic piece, sealing it, and then leave it for a few days. When you find that there is moisture between the plastic and the wall, there is a leak within your home; however, if you see that there is moisture on the outside of the plastic, and not between the plastic and the wall, this is a condensation problem.
Where Is This Coming From?
Now that you’ve tested for these issues, if you’ve found that you have condensation issues and not a leak, you’ll want to pinpoint why it’s happening – especially if there isn’t a lot of humidity in or around the home often. If you have a dryer with an energy saving switch, make sure this says “outdoors”. If this doesn’t take care of the problem, contact a professional that specializes in basement waterproofing. In short, you want to increase the air circulation to combat condensation.
The Final Verdict
It’s worth noting that basement condensation issues are far easier to fix than water leaking issues, even if they’re a smidgen harder to diagnose. Contacting Absolute DP will ensure that you’re going to receive a proper second look and diagnoses, while having options for eliminating condensation issues.