Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Air Ventilation Steps To Help Protect Against Leaky Basements

By: Tom Leiss

An average family of four creates between two and four gallons of moisture per day through cooking, cleaning, showering, and breathing. Some of this moisture finds its way to the cooler, drier surfaces.

If the attic is not properly vented, the moisture can condense as water or frost inside the attic when it hits the cooler attic surfaces. As a result, mold, wood rot, and poor air quality can form. These are all problems that ultimately cost the homeowner in terms of money and health as well.

Installing a proper venitilation system is a measure that will stave off this condition and pay for itself, helping to keep your family healthy and your property valuable.

Home ventilation is a system of components. It is more than just blowing air through the home. It involves a process that yeilds steady, high volume movement. It provides the right amount of both intake and exhaust. A properly vented system includes vents at the peak of the roof and a good deal of airflow from the soffits. Always balance the attic ventilation system with 50% of the required air high on the roof for exhaust and 50% of the required ventilation low on the roof for intake. This allows the system to be balanced in terms of cool dry air entering and moist air exiting.

A home that retains excess moisture will develop problems such as wood rot, basement mold, basement seepage and poor air quality in basements and crawlspaces. It is important to retain an experienced basement waterproofing contractor to fix these issues.Waterproofing Contractor Lake County.Thomas Leiss is a home and basement waterproofing expert. He founded and runs WaterPro Basement Waterproofing of Lake County Illinois ==>http://www.waterprobasement.com