If you’ve recently noticed water collecting inside the plastic of your basement’s insulation, you’re right to be concerned about it. However, this is a very common issue according to the basement waterproofing professionals in Essex County, NJ. Here’s everything you should know:
- Why is there moisture in my basement insulation?
The primary cause of this moisture is condensation. It’s a common issue with basements that are new. You’ll notice this moisture more through the hottest and most humid months. It forms when the warm, moist air in your basement comes into contact with the cooler basement walls – the same result on a cold can of soda when it beads with moisture if outside in the heat.
It’s more common in newer basements: the walls often take years to cure and are still releasing moisture into the air from the original concrete mixture. This won’t harm your basement, however, but it’s important to let this process reach its natural end and for the walls to become fully cured before finishing your basement. If you finish your basement and the walls are still emitting moisture, you may end up with damp and mold problems.
- How can I eliminate condensation?
Even though this is a natural process, it is an inconvenience. You can help speed up this process by controlling the two factors that create the right conditions for condensation:
- The warm, humid air, and
- The coolness of the walls.
Installing a dehumidifier is a great way of drying out the air and removing moisture effectively. But only if you limit the air coming into your basement (that is, not letting in warm, moist air from dryers or outdoors). Another method is to install airtight vapor barriers to insulate your basement walls or modify your current vapor barriers to make them airtight. This will prevent the warm air from coming into contact will the walls.
Condensation or leak? Our expert team will evaluate your basement for free
Often, homeowners are unsure if the water they are finding in their basement is the result of condensation or of a leak. It’s always better to be safe rather than sorry. At Bonded Waterproofing, our team will fully evaluate the condition of your basement to determine any areas of concern – for free. We offer a lifetime warranty on all our products and services, including basement repair and waterproofing.
In addition, we offer interest-free financing and the best pricing model in the industry, helping you to maintain your home as affordably as possible.
Other services we offer include:
- Sump pump servicing and installation,
- French drain installation,
- Mold removal,
- Crawlspace vapor barriers,
- Dehumidifiers, and
- Basement foundation repair services.