My Basement Floor Gets Very Damp
Question: During the summer, my basement floor gets very damp. Should we seal it now in hopes of solving the problem before it happens again? (Francis, Wilton ME)
Answer: You probably don’t want to seal the floor. You will want the moisture to come up all the way through the concrete instead of trapping it. Try using a dehumidifier, which should completely eliminate the condensation problem you are having. If moisture is a problem throughout your whole house and not just your basement, look into a whole house dehumidifying system. These systems can be built into your existing central heating and cooling system and operate transparently. Actually, the positive impact of heating and cooling are enhanced when you control humidity as well. Several companies manufacture built-in systems.