I've gone through three ** dehumidifiers. Each has failed and the
company is finally refunding the purchase price under the original
Now I need to find one that will sit on a shelf and work relatively
continuously to dry out my perpetually damp basement. When the old
one was working, it did ok. I drain it into a sink and it pretty much
runs continuously at 45 % setting. Any recommendations as to a good
Have you had a basement pro come look at the basement and see if there
is something cheaper than the de-humidifier-of-the-month to lessen the
It might be cheaper to just keep de-humidify-ing. But I went
through a lot of sump pumps before I got smart and buried a pipe that
exits down the hill from the house.
BTW- I've got a used de-humidifier that worked last time used it. If
you know where Niskayuna is, you can come pick it up.<g>
yeah address why humidity is so high. too often people install glass
block windows and those tiny vents arent up to providing air
circulation in the summer espically if the home lacks AC..
people often install sump pumps where a drain to daylight can do the
job far better and not have a flooded basement in a power outage.
look for issues like clogged gutters and poor downspout drain
a computer muffin fan for exhaust is used by a buddy in hs basement in
the summer, it solved his high humidity troubles
I like your idea of pipe burying as I have a French drain but no sump
and back wall of basement is fully exposed and it's downhill from
there. Do you have any specifics on doing this through my block wall
or who should I look to hire?
I just got a small dehumidifier as rarely (3 times in 35 years) with
the hurricane rains I got a slightly wet basement and figured if I did
not dehumidify it would get dank as it has in the past. Been nearly a
week, basement seems bone dry but humidifier works constantly which
makes me think I should have bought a bigger one.
There are commercial units. They cost 3 or 4 times as much. Those
companies that "rescue" your house after a flood or whatever use
them. A guy getting out of that business had a couple on our cl but
he still wanted $300 apeiece and I couldn't get him down.
If there's anything you can do to get the water away form the outside
of your house it would probably help. Also put a vapor barrier
sealant on your basement walls.
Check out the review section of the Home Depot website or something
like epinions.com. There do seem to be some brands that hold up better
Like any piece of HVAC equipment it's important to size it correctly.
If it runs all the time and doesn't do the job then the capacity isn't
enough. However don't go too big as it's the on-off cycles that are
tough on them. Newer models seem to run the fan continuously and are
more efficient. (Probably still pretty expensive, but that's the price
of a wet basement.)
I'm taking care of my wife's uncle's house about 5 hours away. Last
month the Realtor called and said the basement was really wet. I
brought up our 20-year old GE 40-pint model, ran it for a day and it
brought the humidity down into the 50's. There was mold on the floor
and a few areas of standing water with humidity in the 70's. The water
table is really high and they've had a wet year so far. The sump pump
runs frequently even during the Minnesota winter. The good news is
that the well will never run dry. I'll see if the dehumidifier is
still alive later this month.
Some basements are just built in the wrong place.
Your basement is too moist for a consumer grade unit to survive
100% of the time...
You have been improperly locating the dehumidifier on a shelf so as to
be convenient for you to drain -- this is not the correct location for
dehumidifier unit, it should be located on the floor far enough from
or large obstructions like furniture or piles of basement stuff so
can properly be circulated by the fan built into the unit...
From what I have observed you contributing to this newsgroup, it is
clear that you need an industrial dehumidifier unit in your
An industial dehumidier for a home
basement? Yeah, the ones they sell today don't last
as long as they used to. Same as with most other new
appliances. Still, if he gets even 3 years out of one, I'd
bet it's more cost effective than getting an industrial one.
You don't even know if the one he has is one of the
larger units. If not, just getting it sized and located
correctly could mean that it no longer runs continously.
Have a GE 65 pint model here that runs nearly
continously. It's about 16 months old now. Cost
$175 and I took out the extended warranty for 5
years that cost $60. Normally I don't think
extended warranties are worth it, but in this
case I think it was a good deal.
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