The Importance of Ventilation in the Basement

Did you notice a very strong stale smell from the basement, lately? Were there some moisture problems in recent days? Are there some molds starting to grow and develop on the flooring and the walls of the basement? You could be experiencing poor ventilation system in the basement.

Signs of Lack of or Poor Ventilation

There are so many observable signs that you can use as a gauge for the lack of or poor ventilation in the basement. The most obvious sign is the bad odors reeking from uncertain places within the basement area. Another obvious sign is the development of mildew in wooden surfaces. Sometimes you won’t notice that there are seeping water or moisture into the flooring and the walls until you check them purposely. Many other signs that may not be as obvious as these can be checked and tested with a professional. But if you see either one of these directly observable signs, decide immediately to repair or construct proper ventilation in the basement in order to avoid health risks.

Health Risks

The lack of or poor ventilation in your basement could bring serious health risks to you and your household. In many cases, the sick building syndrome or SBS can be one of the more serious signs of health risks that may be associated to poor ventilation. SBS are not specific in terms of illness or symptoms and in many incidences there were no clear diagnosis. The only thing that you can be sure is that these illnesses are related to the exposure to pollutants inside your home.

Based on the World Health Organization’s reports, common complaints are headaches, irritation in the eyes, nose or throat, itchy skin, cough, nausea, and fatigue. The obvious reasons of these complaints categorized as SBS is because these symptoms disappear as soon as the persons complaining leave the building, which can either be a place of work or your home. The health authorities have associated most of these cases of SBS to the low quality of indoor air that rotates inside a confined and closed building structure.

Take Action

If your home becomes the reason for these health risks you can of course, immediately leave your house. But then, you can also make some technical improvement in order to reduce the risk or completely eradicate them. It is always best to get a professional home designer who has experiences in dealing with proper ventilation particularly to basements.