Moisture Condensing on Basement Door
LESLIE: Rich in Pennsylvania, you’ve got The Money Pit. How can we help you today?
RICH: Hi. Well, I have a problem with condensation underneath my metal door, going to my basement. I’m in Pennsylvania, so we get quite a lot of cold and it accumulates and it drips off every time I open it.
TOM: Right. So, you’re talking about a Bilco door?
TOM: Mm-hmm. And it gets very wet and it drips down to the staircase and that sort of thing?
TOM: Now, the door that you have that actually is sort of the weather door – the one that’s on the basement; not the Bilco, which is sort of the basement-stairwell door but the actual door to the basement – what is that? What kind of door is that?
RICH: That’s made out of air right now. I haven’t put one on.
TOM: Oh. And therein lies the problem, sir. I suspected as much. I’m thinking you’ve got a really lousy door in that basement, because what’s happening is the warm air from the basement is going up and striking the underside of the cold, metal door – cold, metal, Bilco door.
RICH: And condensing.
TOM: And so, you’re not going to be able to stop this unless you get a proper door in that basement. Those Bilco doors are not made to be weatherproof, in the sense that they’re going to keep any heat that’s in that basement out.
RICH: I understand.
TOM: So that is an enormous energy loss for you right now. So you really need to get that sealed up; get a proper door in there. I mean look, you can go to a home center; you can buy an inexpensive, Therma-Tru door, for example, at Lowe’s. Put it in that opening, frame it in and it doesn’t have to be anything fancy. You’re really just putting in there – something there for energy. And seal off that basement, because you’re losing a boatload of heat, as evidenced by that moisture. Every time you see that water drip off, just think about all the heating dollars that it took to create that moisture.
RICH: Yes, yes. Very good.
TOM: Alright, Rich?
RICH: Thank you very much. Have a wonderful day. Bye.
TOM: That’ll do it. Alright. Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.