At this time of the year and especially on days like today
when the temp. is 96 degrees many are tempted to open their basement windows
with the thought of airing out their basement.
This is one of the worst things that can be done because all it does is
increase the amount of humidity in the basement and creates condensation.
The best thing that one can do is keep the windows and doors to the basement closed and keep that dehumidifier operating at about 40% R H. This will help to minimize the condensation buildup that is naturally trying to occur.
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Fact is, dampproofing material wasn't created to protect basements – or even repel water, for that matter. It's actually a type of unmodified asphalt originally created to prepare road surfaces for other materials.
In typical installations, dampproofing is applied in a layer that's at most 10 mils thick when cured. The material degrades quickly underground, becomes brittle and shatters at low temperatures. Dampproofing won't span foundation cracks. As the foundation develops new cracks over time, dampproofing cracks right along with it. Dampproofing does not serve as a barrier against water entering these cracks. And, unlike waterproofing, dampproofing won't stop water under hydrostatic pressure, which occurs naturally underground.
The composition and performance of dampproofing products simply don't stack up to the composition and performance of waterproofing products. For information on products we recommend, please visit our products page.