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Alternative to dehumidifiers

Updated July 19, 2017

Many people use dehumidifiers to get rid of the extra moisture in their basements and homes that causes a musty smell and creates mould and fungal problems. Dehumidifiers come with built-in problems, including the expense of running them and their ineffectiveness in stopping the source of the moisture. Consider a few alternative solution ideas to get rid of the excess humidity and moisture in your home.

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Simple Homemade Humidifier

If you are concerned about the added cost of running a dehumidifier to get rid of that musty moisture from the basement, a homemade humidifier should do the trick. Instead of having to remember to buy new filters, running the machine, paying the energy costs and keeping that humidifier clean, try this solution, if you don't mind a little challenge. You need two buckets, road salt, chicken wire or mesh and a stand on which to perch one bucket, so that one bucket can sit on top of the other. Drill a hole in one bucket, then line the bottom with chicken wire. Using gloves, fill the bucket with the drilled hole and chicken wire with road salt. Next place the second bucket beneath it and position both buckets on the stand. The road salt will draw in any moisture in the air that will then drip into the bucket below. Empty the collected water one to two times a day as it fills up.

Product For Air Ventilation

Products exist that rid your house of moisture and the resulting bad air. One example is the Musty Basement Solution Humidity Ventilation System, which you install either in your basement or in a crawlspace. The benefits of this product or a similar one include being energy and cost efficient, averaging about £5 a month and running quietly. The MBS has a money-back guarantee and a 10-year warranty. This ventilation system expels musty, moist air through a vent, then it employs fresher, dryer air to dry out the moisture in your basement, thus restoring the desired amount of humidity. This alternative to dehumidifiers can help prevent dry rot in your walls, floors and windows.

Proper Basement and Basement Sealants

Dehumidifiers are the last defence; having one means that you already have moisture in your basement. Before you need the humidifier, think about having your basement sealed before any moisture comes in and settles there. You can have your basement waterproofed, which means there is a membrane put on your walls that stops water from entering through cracks. This is a good option for anyone who has poor drainage or a high water table. There is also damp proofing, which slows water from coming in, but does nothing for foundation cracks. Also, if you are planning on building a house, look into installing waterproof systems in your basement to ensure that you never have to buy another dehumidifier.

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About the Author

Michelle Emery has been a freelance writer since 2007. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts. Emery has published two children's books, one book of short stories and contributes to several online publications.

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