Basement: Heating & Mold Control

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Hot2na
Basement: Heating & Mold Control

Yes, I have a basement now too! It is 85% finished. The unfinished room houses the 2 AC & Heating units, the dehumidifiers, the "thing" in floor that goes under the house? What is it, besides round and flat and it has a handle?

The basement is not a daylight walkout, but it does have windows along one side and back - - of which are ground level when you look out. I think we do not have sump pump. How necessary is it? Or do we and I am just not finding it yet? I think I see a place for one though.

I also found this great site on heating and mold control. Didn't realize what a health hazard mold was until now!

   

Stevie
Re: Basement: Heating & Mold Control

If yours is an excavated basement and someone finished most of it, my guess your builder did put in a sump pump.  It's usually in a 1'-2' wide square or round hole in the concrete basement floor.  Smallish electric pump sitting the shallow hole under a lid.  White 1" PVC pipe connected to the pump also under the lid.  You'll know if you need a sump pump.  If it rains for a few days and you have a high water table where your house is, Mini-You will be floating Barbie's dream boat in your basement.

Look under that lid thing - I'll bet there's one under there.  Keep track of when it has to kick on.  See if kicks on when it rains a few days in a row.  If water rises in that hole and causes the pump to kick on, you will need an emergency generator in case the electric goes out for an extended period of time.  A $200-$300 investment can save your finished rooms and flooring in your basement.  Say it's March and it's been raining cats and dogs for 3 days, then a cold front comes through on the tail of the pattern causing freezing rain to take out lots of power lines.  You do not want to be at the electric company's mercy when a large-scale power outage happens.

I wish my basement was finished.  My basement is 100% UN-finished!  :)  You've seen the back of my house - it has a walkout (daylight) basement.  Because of the slope of my lot, I was able to use a passive drain (French drain) system which is a long piece of that 4" diameter flexible drain pipe buried under gravel at the footer level along the front and sides.  Any water runoff that gets high enough will be drained to the back and away from the house.  Picture below of the French drain on my house before we buried in in gravel next to the footer.  The black stuff is waterproofing just in case (I believe in overkill) and the pink stuff is on there to protect the waterproofing.

All along the front and side was backfilled with dirt up the the brick-ledge.

LadyCerridwen48
Re: Basement: Heating & Mold Control

Damp Rid is your friend.

No matter how good your home dehumidifying system is, there's always going to be a corner or a closet that's perpetually musty and mildewy.  For me, it's the bathroom.  There's no such thing as enough exhaust, it's ALWAYS damp in there.  One of these under my towel rack keeps my towels from smelling like mildew.  It comes in different forms, some you can hang in closets, I prefer the refillable bucket. 

Mildew can be lethal.  My sister wound up hospitalized with respiratory problems her sophomore year of college due to mold growing on the ceiling of her dorm room.  She was spraying it 4 x's daily with straight bleach, but the stuff just kept growing.  They wound up having to give her another room (sucked, since she had a single, had to move in with a roommate after the mold)

A daily shower spray goes a long way towards preventing mildew in your grout.  If you do get mildew, Comet Spray Gel works well to kill it, as long as it hasn't gone too far.

 

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Hot2na
Re: Basement: Heating & Mold Control

LadyCerridwen48 wrote:
A daily shower spray goes a long way towards preventing mildew in your grout.  If you do get mildew, Comet Spray Gel works well to kill it, as long as it hasn't gone too far.

that is something i can do. i have to spend about 10 minutes with the squeegee anyway in there when we're done. do you know of any "green" product similar? because we have the septic and i can't use any harsh products from what i've learned in my septic thread.

 

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LadyCerridwen48
Re: Basement: Heating & Mold Control

I usually buy the Tilex brand, I've never had to worry about septic *knock on wood*  Clorox recently released their new "Green Works" line, but I haven't tried anything from it yet. 

 

"If it suddenly ended tomorrow, I could somehow adjust to the fall
Good times and riches and son of a beeeiotches, I've seen more than I can recall"

Hot2na
Re: Basement: Heating & Mold Control

LadyCerridwen48 wrote:
Clorox recently released their new "Green Works" line, but I haven't tried anything from it yet.

excellent! learned more new stuff today. headed grocery shopping this morning w/husband. i'll let you know how the clorox green products work.

 

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