As warm air rises in your home it leaks out the upper levels. Standing water in the basement, or even a musty smell, is another indicator that potentially harmful water is not draining away from the foundation. New air must enter to replace the air that escaped. Air from the basement is drawn upwards into the first floor, and then to the second floor; this dilutes with other air in your home. Scientists say that up to 50% of the air you breathe on the first floor is air that comes from the basement (or crawl space). If you have hot air heating with duct work, the air mixes even more thoroughly throughout the house.
Whatever is in your basement air is in your house and affecting you and your family. If there is high humidity downstairs, there is higher humidity upstairs than there would be otherwise. If there is mold in the basement, there are mold spores upstairs. If there are damp odors downstairs, your best bet is calling AFS!
As an addition to waterproofing your basement, we recommend installing a perimeter drainage system. By selecting a sump pump that is reliable, quiet, long-lasting, and strong enough to keep your basement dry, you can be sure that your space is best protected from groundwater seepage. Our reliable AquaStop battery back-up system is the state of the art in battery back-up pumping systems. When added as an option to our AquaStop Sump Pump®, the pump will turn on automatically if the primary pump fails to operate due to power outage, etc. The AquaStop® Sump Pump configuration is reliable and designed to complement an AquaStop.
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Source: Dry Basement Science by Lawrence Janesky
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