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FDP Forum / Moe's Tavern (_8^(I) / Drying out the cellar hole

swampyankee
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Sep 17th, 2019 10:41 AM   Edit   Profile  

Our "new" home was built over a big ol' rock, so there's not much of a cellar. The house is comprised of 3 sections - one built in 1885, one added on in '65, and the last was built in 1985. The 1885 and '65 sections have a barely head-height, dirt floor space separated by said boulder, which can be passed over, duckwalk style. The 1985 section has a gentle slope from the boulder back to a 5 foot high space with bulkhead.
It's a very dank, musty space which is a mold and mildew factory.

Here in New England most houses have full basements so your typical dehumidifier appliance is adequate (we had them in both our previous homes).
Sealing off the dirt floor and rock foundation (the oldest section) with a vapor barrier is step one, but I believe we're gonna need some sort of commercial grade dehumidifier.

I understand crawl spaces are more common in other parts of the country, so what all do you folks do to keep those spaces reasonably dry and mold-free?


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Sep 17th, 2019 12:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

Out old house had a 4 ft crawl space with dirt/sand floor a plastic vapor barrier and a few foundation vents. Seemed adequate to keep the area dry.

If yours is a basement and not a crawl space then you may need to add some sort of mechanical ventilation along with the vapor barrier.

I would add a fan blowing to the outside as well as some vents to draw in outside air.

keep that air moving.

swampyankee
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Sep 17th, 2019 05:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

Problem, its cold 6 months of the year here, and below freezing for 3 or 4 of those. Ventilation wont work in those months

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South Jersey/USA

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Sep 18th, 2019 05:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm in South Jersey and current house also has 2 sections of crawlspace (concrete floor not dirt).

Both are ventilated and the only time I worry about it in freezing temps is when it is in the teens or less. Only because I have a powder room and laundry room above one (water pipes).

When it is really cold I close the vents there. Pipes are insulated. Otherwise have never had a problem.

What is your concern with improving the ventilation?

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Sep 18th, 2019 06:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

Probably exposed water/waste pipes.

damuniz
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South Jersey/USA

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Sep 18th, 2019 08:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

I understand, I insulated my water pipes. Waste lines usually aren't a freezing issue.

There is also heat tape/cables for water pipes in extreme conditions.

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