Basements have traditionally been used for storage. In the most recent years, basements have been utilized for living space additions because of the expenses saved by utilizing the pre-existing basement structure.
As with all basement refinishing projects, it is recommended to identify any structural defects and make the necessary corrections. The monetary amount of personal items tends to increase exponentially along with material costs as the basement graduates from strictly storage space to living space.
Materials for finished basement walls, flooring, furniture, lighting, windows, and door/entry ways can be found that minimize damage from the inherent water seepage and unforeseen water leaks. Currently, we are seeking sponsors that offer closet systems with mold-resistant materials. However, there is one inexpensive product that can be used in closets to minimize damage to the contents from humidity.
Closet dehumidifiers are ideal for eliminating damage from water vapor/humidity. Not only are they useful in basement closets, but they can be used on the main floors and attic closets also. Homes with crawl spaces would benefit from closet dehumidifiers. The majority of them operate with wireless technology. This is ideal because closets do not typically contain electrical outlets.
The devices are relatively small and can be mounted to the inside walls very easily. Most of these types of dehumidifiers use salt, silica gel, or another absorbent material to pull the moisture out of the air. The devices are easy to maintain and use minimal energy.
Once the absorbent material has been saturated from soaking up moisture in the air, the device needs to be discharged or changed. Depending on the model, some can be placed out in the sun to dry out the absorbent material. Others need to be placed in a well-ventilated area or outdoors where they can be plugged in and the moisture can be discharged from the unit. Be careful not to discharge the moisture back into your home where it can cause moisture problems for other living spaces.
The vast majority of units use a colored silica gel that indicates when the unit is fully saturated. This feature makes it easy for the homeowner not to forget about keeping the units discharged on a regular basis.
Usually, the units need to be discharged every couple of months. This type of device is ideal for closets and small enclosures because most homeowners prefer to keep their closets away from public view. With no openings to the living space, moisture can penetrate and not be controlled by the larger dehumidifier taking care of the living space.
Closet dehumidifiers are inexpensive tools that can prevent the content of your storage areas from being damaged from mold and other water vapor damage. However, closet dehumidifiers cannot be considered a replacement for basement dehumidifiers. They are a good enhancement. You no longer would be required to open the closet doors to prevent musty odors and moisture damage to your stored contents!
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