Ground Humidity Prevention
Ground humidity can be a silent yet formidable adversary to the integrity of your home’s foundation. Excess moisture in the soil surrounding your house can lead to various problems, from structural damage to mold growth and insect infestations. But the good news is that you can fortify your property against these threats with the right strategies in place. In this article, we’ll explore various ground humidity prevention methods, from proper grading and drainage solutions to practical landscaping and moisture barriers. By employing these techniques, you can secure the durability and security of your home’s foundation, establishing a solid base for a secure and cozy living environment.
When a house is built and placed over the ground, whatever moisture is in the soil will be drawn upward into the higher levels of the home. This is what is called stack effect. The EPA reports that 80% of the moisture in a home comes from under the basement slab.
It is for this reason Grate Products recommends a closed basement drainage system along with a high-quality vapor barrier on the foundation walls will help keep ground humidity from easily entering the basement and home.
High-efficiency dehumidifiers like the Santa Fe Classic or Advance are effective in removing excessive moisture. When the relative humidity in a basement goes above 50% then this allows mold a perfect environment to grow in.
In recent years many homeowners have a MoistuVac System installed. This system will draw moisture up from under the basement slab and into a 4″ solid pvc pipe to discharge above the roof. This MoistuVac System can be attached directly to our GrateDrain sub floor drainage system, thus allowing flow throughout the under slab of the basement.