- Dec 3, 2010
I live in a 1950s home. Basement was originally unfinished with cinder block walls and poured concrete. Previous owner finished the basement and put in drain tile system with sump pump, drywall, carpet, ceiling, etc. The basement is pretty good size, maybe 750 SF of livable area. The problem I have is that the air in the basement always smells stale/stagnant. I had a big family gathering down there and it got very stuffy very quickly. The only windows in the basement are cinder block hopper windows maybe 12x24 and they do not open. Is there some way I could install a ventilation fan somewhere to get fresh air down there? Either from outside or the first floor? Problem with outside is that it gets stupid cold during the winter, down to below zero at night, so not sure how feasible it is to have a fan pumping in freezing air. I had the basement tested for Radon and it came back at 4.0, which is borderline to install a mitigation system. Would a radon system help get clean air into the basement? Any thoughts?