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What should I have my dehumidifier set at to dry out my basement?

I have a 1600 sq ft home. The wellmate sprung a leak last Sat and soaked the basement. Im running fans down there and just got a 40 pint dehumidifier per the service guy. What setting should I set it. ...
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How to protect eatables from humidity and moisture? [closed]

I am living in very moisture and humid environment. The eatbles I bought like rusk(made of wheat and vegetable oil), capture moisture within a day and then become unfit to eat. What should I do so ...
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Best way, if needed, to dehumidify storage room?

We are building a new garage with apt above and storage room at the back in Houston TX. It's replacing a small garage with back storage room which was very poorly constructed and had major moisture ...
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What humidity should I set my dehumidifier to?

I just bought a 50 pint dehumidifier for my basement. What humidity level should I aim for? This time of year the outside humidity is very high (over 80%) and we do not have central air. Right now ...
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Basement floor is damp and the top of my foundation is cracking after air sealing the attic?

Two months after having my attic professionally air sealed and insulated, the basement floor became damp and the top of the foundation started to show signs of horizontal cracking. Humidity levels in ...
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High humidity in bathroom!

I cannot for the life of me figure out where this excess moisture is coming from. My bathroom has humidity about 10% higher then the rest of the apartment. The living area is fine. I check the ...
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What flooring material to install in a sunroom with wide temperature and moisture variations?

Late last fall, we had a sunroom built on our nhouse, and we're trying to determine what type of flooring should be installed. We live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, so the climate will definitely be ...
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Putting a mirror above the bathtub

It would be delightful to have a mirror on the tiles above the bathtub for, eg., shaving. The straightforward choice for fastening frameless mirror tiles that I wanted to use is with those double ...
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Will humidity hurt my furniture and paint/fixtures while on vacation? Note: I left a few windows cracked before I left for a week

I am on vacation for a week. I left a couple windows cracked in my 2 bedroom apartment. I also left all the doors inside the apartment open. I thought air flow would be good while I'm gone, but now I'...
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Why doesn't AC equipment come with dehumidifier only option?

Every AC unit dehumidifies when cooling is on. I'm just wondering why dehumidification only is not an option, as is in standalone dehumidifiers? E.g. my basement stays pretty cool even in the summer ...
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Are there drawbacks to installing a stronger bath fan?

I have a bathroom fan that doesn't seem to be doing the job. I'd like to replace it with something that has much higher CFM (jet speed); is there any reason not to do this? Is it possible that it can ...
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My dehumidifier doesn't seem to be working, but my indoor humidity is around 22%. Is this normal?

A pest control company suggested that I get a dehumidifier to try to get rid of the silverfish bugs I've had in my room. I bought a cheap dehumidifier off of Amazon and a humidity monitor, but the ...
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How do I fix laminate flooring that's begun to rise in the middle?

We have laminate flooring in our kitchen/lounge and over the winter (which are cold and damp here in New Zealand) the flooring has begun to rise up in a couple of places. It was fitted by the previous ...
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Uses of a damp basement

I have an old brick house (1960s) next to a river, the ground surrounding the house is normally wet. The basement is very humid and just use to store stuff that can't go bad. I will most likely get ...
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Reducing humidity with a fan: top or bottom?

In the basement of my apartment block we have several little storage rooms (~65 sq ft), one for each tenant. Inside of mine the humidity gets a little high to my liking because although it has 2 holes ...
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humidity level? stuffy nose

My room is in the basement and for some reason my nose gets really stuffy when I stay in my room for long periods of time. I have a dehumidifier: what would be a good humidity level to keep the room?...
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Why is my kitchen so humid?

My kitchen is an extension of the house. Most of its walls are outside walls. It's extremely cold in winter (down to 7 degrees celcius). Its unique window seems old too. The problem is it's very ...
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What are the considerations for crawlspace encapsulation barriers / humidity control?

I live in a house that's half slab, half crawlspace. The crawl is half basement. Typical crawlspace/basement humidity readings are: 80% RH @ 67°F 85% RH @ 68°F 78% RH @ 67°F Where in the ...
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How much difference does hot vs cold air make with regards to an Aprilaire 600 furnace humidifier evaporation rate?

If I run the humidifier only when the heat is on, I get good evaporation. However, I want to consider also running it with just the fan running because our furnace doesn't run all that often. Will I ...
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what is the best place to put a dehumidifier?

I just got a dehumidifier for my house (50 pint) and I would like to know where would be the best place to put it, a little drawing to show the floor plan. first floor is about ~ 950 sq When i use ...
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How to diagnose a broken Aprilaire humidifier (Model 600)?

I have an Aprilaire Humidifier Model 600 (or maybe 600M) mounted on my furnace. The humidifier is not turning on (i.e. letting water flow over the filter) when the furnace is on. The below images ...
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How much condensation is okay on storm windows?

I have an old house that has both wooden and aluminum storm windows. Many of the windows develop condensation and frost on the storm windows when it's cold outside. I made sure weep holes were clear,...
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So much humidity in home over the winter

My home is a single level ranch style. All new windows that are less than 4 yrs old. It has base board heating. During the cold season, when the heat is on, there is an extreme excess of condensation ...
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What Humidifier i need.

I bought a new home couple of month ago and need to install humidifier. After reading some blogs i am confused that i need humidifier for winter only or for winter and summer ( for AC and heat). ...
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Cracked bathroom tile - runs almost entire length of the wall

Have lived in this house 8 years. Finally redoing (full gut) bathroom this July. Just recently we have noticed horizontal cracks in the bathroom tile. Runs almost the entire width of the shower/tub ...
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How to solve new condensation in bathroom exhaust fan ducts?

We live in New Orleans in a two story, 95 year old stucco house. When we renovated 10 years ago, we put over 30 recessed can lights in the upstairs ceiling. Those openings in an older leaky house&...
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Dehumidifier - proper drain technique/setup?

I have a dehumidifier in my crawlspace draining into the kitchen drain pipe. The hose recently became plugged, and I think it was due to gunk growing and filling the hose from the kitchen drain. Is ...
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Does a humidifier cool the air?

I'm considering getting an evaporative humidifier for my super-dry Northeast house, but I'm wondering if the evaporation cools off the room and is going to add to my heating bill. It seems like ...
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90% Humididty @ 23 Celsius direct from Air Conditioning Outlet

I have a mold problem in my apartment, in certain areas there is condensation. I believe I have traced this to the air conditioning, in the apartment the humidity will vary from 60% to 85% RH at a ...
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How does hardwood floor acclimate to a location with variable humidity?

I've read in many places that hardwood flooring should be acclimated to the place it will be installed (e.g. Armstrong flooring). The local humidity here (Northeast US) regularly varies by 50-70% ...
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Why is humidity high from one unit but not the other?

Two months ago, I posted about our upstairs a/c not cooling all of a sudden. I ended up replacing the capacitor for the blower fan and the contactor, which did the trick. AC cools!!! However since ...
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How to run duct work for basement dehumidifier?

Our basement is partially finished, approximately 50/50 in terms of square footage. It was used as a mother-in-law suite at some point by a previous owner. The finished rooms are air conditioned/...
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Installing subfloor and hardwood on top of concrete (2nd story)

I bought a condo in a triplex where I have all of the 2nd floor. Most rooms are on hardwood, while the rest is on laminate with a serious height difference of an inch and a half (hardwood being ...
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Is there an alternative to a self-piercing saddle valve for a humidifier?

I bought and installed a whole home humidifier. The humidifier is located in my attic connected to the air exchanger. The Self-Piercing Saddle Valve is located there as well to draw water to the ...
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short-term high humidity due to rain

I know that indoor humidity should be <60%. If it is 80% for a week due to a week of rain, is this a problem, if when it stops raining it returns to 50-60%? The house is in PA, where humidity is ...
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How should I drain water from a basement dehumidifier?

Our basement has had difficulty with water in the past, from intrusions through the side (fixed by gutters) and chimneys (fixed by chimney caps). Most recently, however, water has been collecting on ...
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While vacationing, is it worth augmenting AC with a dehumifier?

Per Does running a dehumidifier with an AC unit save money?, I understand that while a house is occupied, it doesn't make sense to run both an AC unit at normalish temperatures (maybe 75), and a ...
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Can I use a chest freezer in an unconditioned garage which often gets very hot and humid?

Do I have to do anything special to use a chest freezer in a garage in Florida which often gets very hot and humid?
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Can I store unused hardwood floor and base trim in a shed (or garage)?

I have installed engineered hardwood all throughout my house, in addition wood base trim (which comes pre-primed). Now that my projects are done, I dont want to throw away the wood, incase I can use ...
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How can I remove humidity from a room without a dehumidifier?

I've noticed a problem in my apartment that returns every winter - I get mold around the windows. This year the cold weather came earlier than usual and the mold appeared quickly in great amounts, so ...
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How to fight with mold on wall and ceiling connection on last floor

I live in a 4 store old (from about 1930's) building. Occasionally (in autumn, winter or spring) all gable walls have mold/mould/fungus in the wall and ceiling connection. Under my flat there's only ...
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What dehumidification options don't require a lot of electricity?

I have permanently humid walls (due to a construction error, not uncommon around here) that I need to dry out occasionally. I live off the grid, with all power coming from solar panels. That works ...
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How do I fix my humidity problem in my home?

I have an older home. Last year I didn't have this problem but this winter, to save money I keep my temperature a lot lower. I'm seeing a lot of condensation on the windows and now on my livingroom ...
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Solutions for a moist basement?

I live close to the water and there is a high water table around my house. Therefore a lot of water vapor passes through the basement walls. I would like to be able to store stuff in my basement and ...
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How can I reduce the humidity in my home?

Moisture inside my home fills up moisture bucket within a month, and the furniture and anything on the ground has green mildew/mold growing. When the humidity is high the tile floors on the screened ...
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How should clothes and books be stored in an unconditioned space?

We are having our first child, and to prepare for that we have to move a lot of stuff to storage. The storage we have is not heated or otherwise temperature/humidity regulated. This means that ...
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How do I raise the humidity levels in my home?

I installed hardwood flooring in my home late last fall. The humidity level in my home this winter dropped incredibly low (20%). I'm not sure if it's related to the new hardwood. I installed a whole ...
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What are the pros and cons of a whole house humidifier?

In the winter, my house (~2500 sqft) becomes unbearably dry. Last winter, my wife and I used a tiny humidifier for the master bedroom to keep us from completely drying out, but since then I have been ...
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How to control moisture in home?

I shifted to my new flat recently. I found that it's quite moist inside, due to new construction. Any one have any idea how I can control humidity inside? Not using any machines, but like Silica ...
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Rapid changes in humidity levels in basement suite?

I live in the basement suite of a house in Vancouver. I've noticed something strange when running my dehumidifier in my bedroom: when I turn it on, the humidity is at 80%(!); after running for 30 ...