Basement windows, in particular, egress windows, are a must-have for any homeowner in Springfield, MO. They function as emergency exits. If not well maintained or taken care of, they may be a source of nightmares to homeowners. They may be letting moisture into your home that may be a health hazard, posing health risks to the entire family. The following are ways of reducing the amount of moisture entering your home.
1. Keep Plants Away From the Windows
As plants transpire, they increase the amount of water vapor that may lead to condensation on windows, thus increasing moisture in your home. To get rid of this problem, keep plants in a sunny place against a sunny wall away from the windows.
2. Increase Air Circulation
Water vapor easily condenses when the air is stagnant or stale. To fix this problem, you should improve air circulation in your house by using an air exchanger that improves circulation around the basement windows. You have two options:
- Ceiling fans. Using ceiling fans not only increases air circulation around windows but also helps in distributing heat that collects near the ceiling.
- Floor or table fans. Point a general fan toward the direction of a problematic window to improve air circulation around it.
If you always keep your windows closed, we advise you to use fans to improve air circulation. Ultimately, these appliances will remove moisture from your house.
3. Clear Weeds and Debris
Weeds, shrubs, and soil mounds around the foundation of your building hinder air circulation and block access and outside views. What’s worse is they obstruct moisture drainage, leading to an increase in the amount of moisture entering your home. Use a weed killer to clear the weeds, then lay crushed stones all around the perimeter of your home to control them.
4. Lay Gravel Beds
Gravel does not absorb moisture. What it does is allow moisture to move away from the foundation, reducing the amount of water that may find its way into your house through the basement. But too much gravel impedes water movement. The recommended gravel layer is two to three inches thick.
The gravel you use should be exposed to direct sunlight so it can heat up during the day and radiate the heat at night. This process of radiation melts snow and ice, which then drains as water, reducing the moisture that may seep into your basement.
Sandy soils are naturally well drained. Placing a layer of gravel on top of a foundation that has well-drained soils increases the movement of water runoff, reducing the water retention. Ultimately, this reduces the amount of moisture entering your house through the basement windows.
5. Properly Grade the Soil
Another way of preventing basement leaks is ensuring the foundation soil beneath the gravel is well graded and that it slopes away from the foundation so water can drain properly. The ground should slope six inches for every 10 feet.
6. Install an Egress Window System
Replace your old or damaged windows with the egress window system. They’re bigger and more durable than conventional windows. Not only will they brighten your dim basement, but they will also withstand the elements and other factors that might cause basement leaks.
7. Fix Gutters and Downspouts
Clear your gutters of leaves and debris as well as gunk. These materials can obstruct water flow, allowing water to flow over the sides of the gutters into your basement window, loosening the caulk. Eventually, moisture will seep into your basement and cause problems. Also make sure your downspouts are clear and in good working order, and that they are angled away from your foundation or placed in the ground.
8. Install and Maintain Window Wells
Don’t forget to surround your egress with a window well. Your contractor will partially fill them with gravel and connect them to a drain. This ensures no water accumulates in your well and damages the windows.
Place passive moisture absorbers near windows with condensation problems to reduce humidity around them. This will eventually reduce the amount of moisture in the room. If your gas system has a leakage, it may raise the humidity levels in your home. Find a technician to fix the leakage. Do you need help waterproofing your basement or replacing a leaky basement window? Get in touch with the basement waterproofing experts from Foundation Recovery Systems. They will provide you with a free basement repair inspection and quote, as well as recommend solutions to best fit your repair needs.