for the past couple of years I was able to get by with a fan running
24/7 and flipping on my dehumidifier for a couple of hours a day but
this year with the same practice I've started to see the presence of a
white mold on some leather shoes and some wooden products close to the
floor. I decided I needed to run my dehumidifier longer and add
another fan but what ever I do I still can't get my humidity under 60.
My basement is about 600 sq/ft and I'm using a 45pt dehumifier. From
everything I've read on the sizing chart it should be more than
sufficient. What could have changed in my basement that is making it
more humid? I'm in CT and this July has been the 6th rainiest on
record, could that have something to do with it?
Shut the windows, leave the dehumidifier on (it's automatic) Set it at
45 or 50% humidity. I hooked a hose on my collection tank to drain in
the cellar sink so I don't have to keep emptying it. Sometimes I open
the windows when I think it's dry outside but soon the cold well water
supply pipe starts sweating and dripping so I close the windows again
and turn on the dehumidifier. Next day, all is dry again.
Leave the dehumidifier on at least 6 hours a day, and empty it into a
toilet, instead of flushing lab grade water. - and keep that fan going. The
small Honeywell fan works best for me. If possible, get the fan to blow the
moisture to a drier area, with the prevailing air flow.
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