Humidity In the Basement | A Homeowner’s Perspective

Humidity in the basement

Statistics show that in a crawlspace or a basement there’s tremendous amounts of humidity; especially in the summertime.  In the Northeast here, the months with the worst humidity are usually June, July, and August, and the first week or two of September.  When it’s very, very humid outside, the temperature is ideal to cause humidity in the basement and in the crawlspace.  Normally if the humidity level outside is…let’s say…70%, it could be 90%, 95% in a basement or a crawlspace.  Because it’s in a confined area and there’s no real air movement and the heat in the air causes the moisture in the air to land on these cold pipes…water lines, and they start sweating, and they drip all this moisture back down onto the floor or into the earth in the crawlspace.

And also here in the Northeast, a lot of homes, believe it or not, still have dirt floors in their basement.  People are living like cavemen.  And they don’t even know it.  They don’t even think about it.  All they know is they put a box down there with their Christmas ornaments in it from last year and this year they open it up and the bottom of the box is all rotted out (and) they go to pick it up and everything falls out on the floor.  It’s all mildewed and rotted, and broken, and they get all upset.  And then, if they have any sense, they call us or another company to do something similar to what we do.  Other companies really can’t stop the moisture problem like we do.  But they make attempts at it…and if you would like to get those people that’s fine.  It’s a Band-Aid on an open wound but it’s better than nothing.  People ask me, “Well you know this guy gave me a price a little less to stop the dampness than what you want.”  I said, “Well call me now or call me later, you know eventually you’re going to call us because what he’s gonna do, (is like what I said earlier), is a Band-Aid on an open wound.  And it’ll work, but it’ll work halfway.  So if you want to get a halfway job call him.

Humidity is a huge problem because it rots out the floor joist.  I’ve seen crawlspaces with floor joist that are 2 by 8s, about an inch and a half thick in the center, and they go out to the sides and get wider as they go.  We’re constantly replacing those for people.  We originally started out just trying to stop the dampness, but then, just because we’re in there, and we’re some of the only people that are willing to go in there…[s]ome of these confined areas are very tight and people don’t want to work in them; so people say, “[W]hile you’re there can you fix my floor joist…that you found that were all bad?”  And we say, “Sure.  We can do that.”  And once you shut off that dampness, 99% of it is coming out of the earth or through vents that are open in the foundation.  And you shut that humidity off and then the wood doesn’t rot like that.  Because the conditions in there, when you have all this humidity, are ideal for the wood to rot because the temperature is right, the darkness is right, the microbials grow on it, they start eating it.  It’s just a huge problem with the dampness.  And once you seal that crawlspace, it’s a tremendous asset for you and your home because there’s no more dampness coming in there and causing all that damage.

And like I also explained earlier, the dampness is the mother of all life.  And it starts out with the mold spores, and the fungus, with the spiders, the bugs, and then the mice move in because they’ve got a food chain there to eat.  And then in come the rats and the snakes and the snakes are eating the rats and the mice.  And then the raccoons move in and start eating the snakes and skunks, porcupines.  You name it; I’ve seen it in crawlspaces.  I don’t know so much about other parts of the country, but I do know this.  The other parts of the country that I have been in and inspected crawlspaces are just as bad, if not worse, than the northeast.  The main thing is to shut off that dampness and that moisture.  Once you do that, then the rest of the things are simple.  They fall into place, and you might make minor maintenance repairs.  And you’ll have it made once you shut off that dampness.

Advice from a Homeowner

Due to the humidity in the basement, I had all kinds of problems in my house – mice, bugs, breathing problems, nasty odors, the works. One day, a general contractor friend of mine came over to look around in my basement and after a few minutes, suggested that I call a company called Neutocrete which specializes in cleaning up crawl spaces and basements in the New England region. I called them and after a free consultation, they ended up getting rid of ALL of the humidity in the basement which meant no more mold, no more bugs or any of the other nasty problems that I was dealing with.

But my main reason for writing this review is to commend Neutocrete’s co-founder, Tony Buonaiuto, on his work ethic and the care with which he look after the job at my house. When you hear about the head guy in charge, you don’t really picture him getting down and dirty on a job site such as this so I was shocked when I stepped out of my house to go to the grocery store on day 2 of work being done to find Tony crawling out of a basement window in full-protective gear! He had one of Neutocrete’s full body suits on and had been crawling around on his hands and knees inside my basement AND my crawl space to give his workers instructions about how to get rid of the humidity problems.

I was really impressed by his willingness to do something like that but also by his enthusiasm for the type of quality work that his company provides – from the minute I met Tony, I understood that he would not rest until this job was 110% complete to the best possible standards and it means a lot to me that Neutocrete as a whole works as hard as they do. My basement is free of humidity and all of the other issues I was experiencing – thanks guys!

– A satisfied homeowner

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