If your home has been constructed properly and all the building regulations followed, your cellar will hopefully be a dry area with no sign of dampness. However, through no fault of their own, many homeowners discover that their basements have not only become damp but at the same time, have also become home to all manner of mold mildew and other undesirable allergens. If this description resembles your home, then you are in desperate need of a wet basement dehumidifier.
Nevertheless, it is advisable to find out the reason for the high humidity in your cellar and to repair any foundational problems that may be causing it. Even with new build homes, some builders recommend using a dehumidifier during the first year of completion due to the amount of moisture in the new concrete and lumber used to build the house.
A home basement dehumidifier is specifically designed to remove large quantities of water vapor from basements while also being able to operate well at low temperatures. They will also prevent mold, mildew and damp musty smells in your cellar or living space.
Wet Basement Dehumidifier Sizing
When purchasing a wet basement dehumidifier, it is important to know the exact size of the area in cubic square feet. Knowing this information will ensure that the unit that you purchase will be man enough for the job that it will have to do.
Another consideration to take into account is the type of water drainage system the humidifier uses. Some units will have a built in water collection bucket while others will be able to drain off into your basement waterproofing system or sump pump well, assuming that you have that facility in your cellar
You also need to weigh up whether to go for a portable unit or a fully installed basement dehumidifier.
Aside from the price difference, how quickly do you need the unit to be up and running? In addition, will the selected item fit the space that you have in mind for it.
It is advisable to request a demonstration before purchase in order to check on the running noise level. Some basement dehumidifiers run a lot louder than others do.
Wet Basement Dehumidifier Maintenance
The old saying of “out of sight, out of mind’ comes into play with basement dehumidifiers but you should bear in mind that they will require some maintenance. For instance, the water collection bucket will need to be emptied on a regular basis unless some other means of drainage is used. Some units also have air filters that will need to be cleaned regularly.
Basement dehumidifiers are reasonably easy to choose and maintain. Since they are a necessity for some homes, it will pay dividends in the long term if you select the unit that will work best for your situation and your lifestyle. Finally, take some time to make sure that you really do need a wet basement dehumidifier, by trying to figure out where and why there is moisture in your cellar and be sure to inspect for any underlying causes for it