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Basement Moisture Control

NJ Basement Waterproofing – Why You Need Moisture Control

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The air in your basement makes its way all over your house. Studies have shown that as much as 50% of the air you breathe in the home comes up from the basement or crawlspace. This air is high in relative humidity and it can carry mold spores, allergens and musty odors as it travels.

Anywhere you have 60% or higher relative humidity, you can have mold. Mold can cause health problems, ranging from slight musty odors and cold-like symptoms, to severe asthma, breathing problems and possibly brain damage. This is a bacteria growth you don’t want in your home.

Aside from the problems it causes to residents’ health, high humidity can also cause costly structural damage. It can deteriorate your home’s building materials, leading you to pay more for repairs, remediation and demolition work.

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Proper basement and crawlspace moisture mitigation is essential to decreasing the health risks and structural damage related to high humidity. An easy way to control moisture is through a dehumidifier.

Dehumidifying Your Basements and Crawlspaces

The American Lung Association, American Medical Association and Environmental Protection Agency all recommend maintaining a relative humidity of 30-40%. You simply can’t do this through ventilation and air conditioning. In order to maintain this level of low humidity in a climate like New Jersey’s, you need a premium dehumidifier.

Scaldino Basement Solutions uses Santa Fe dehumidifiers to reduce humidity, improve air quality and prevent mold growth and other moisture problems. Santa Fe’s systems can be ducted straight into your finished area. They’re the most effective dehumidification systems available today and that’s why we choose them.

Scaldino Basement Solutions utilizes Santa Fe dehumidifiers to reduce relative humidity, improve air quality, and prevent mold growth. Some units can be ducted into your HVAC system to provide the most effective dehumidification available today.

The Santa Fe Classic is a very high capacity (275 cfm) for its size. It’s Energy Star listed and has a MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) rating of 11, which is very efficient. It operates at low temperature and can be attached straight to your ducts.

The Santa Fe Advanced is designed for crawlspaces but can be used in the basement as well as a standalone unit. It’s built for low clearance and small, but offers all the same benefits of the Classic.

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Vapor Barriers for Your Basement Moisture Control

Another effective way to keep your basement moisture free is to use a vapor barrier. A vapor barrier is a sheet of material that slows the transmission of moisture into your basement. Along with the sealed Grate Drain system, it’s an excellent way to prevent moisture, mold, fungus and odors, and the poor air quality and damage they can cause.

Scaldino Basement Solutions offers a few different types of vapor barriers. Tuff Shield is a vapor barrier that’s 16mil cross laminated and fire retardant. It’s the most economical and effective vapor barrier for finished basement walls. It’s good at preventing moisture seepage, especially against wall leaks.

Thermal Shield if a foil-faced wall vapor barrier that has double layers of bubbles and white poly on the back. One advantage of Thermal Shield is that it reflects indoor heat back into the basement, which can save you on your heating bill.

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