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Crawl Space Encapsulation: Dehumidifier

The best place to keep a dehumidifier is unquestionably the basement or an upstairs area close to the stairs. Due to the fact that your basement is the most humid part of your home, It is preferable to address the source of the moisture rather than installing a dehumidifier if there is any other moist condition upstairs.

Is it allowed to use  a portable dehumidifier in your crawl space?

‘No,’ is the answer. When it comes to problematic areas of your home, such as rooms with poor ventilation, small portable dehumidifiers are a great, temporary solution.

For a crawl space, how many pints of dehumidifier will I need?

In most cases, as long as moisture penetration is moderate, a 30-pint model will be large enough to effectively dehumidify a 1,500-square-foot area, while a 50-pint model should be adequate for a 2,000-square-foot area. These estimates may need to be revised upward if your water infiltration problem is more severe.

During the winter, should I turn off my dehumidifier?

The dehumidifier should be turned off if the temperature or humidity falls below the recommended levels. Because freezing the coils or water can cause long-term damage to the device, it is never recommended.

When it comes to dehumidifiers, is it safe to leave them running overnight?

Most dehumidifiers can handle overnight operation with relative ease as long as there are no errors in your path (maintenance, air flow, no blockages, no leakages), it is extremely safe to use overnight. Having the auto defrost feature is recommended; however, if the device begins to overheat for any reason, the device will shut down.

In my dehumidifier, what exactly is the black substance?

You may notice brown spots or what appears to be slime accumulating inside your dehumidifier after a period of time and multiple uses. Mud and dirt are the components of this structure. Mold is a living organism that generates spores that float through the air and can land on surfaces, where they can germinate and grow.

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