Latest Discussions : Basement & Foundation

altheaf

11:41AM | 10/26/07
Member Since: 04/13/04
1 lifetime posts
We live in a stone house built in 1905, some crawlspace, some basement. We also live in CT and it can get very humid here. I have read through a lot of the topics and still am not sure what to do. I will start with what we have done. Installed all new gutters draining away from the house, installed a B-Dry basement system (doesn't cover crawl space), installed 2 sump pumps, run dehumidifiers and fans. The basement always smells musty and now the areas above the crawl spaces all smell musty and moldy. That would be our entry, living and dining rooms. I am at wits end trying to deal with this problem. Before I do anything drastic, like rip up all the floor boards and coat the crawl space (not sure even what to coat it with)can anyone offer some good advice? Has anyone every used or installed Humi-Dex? I can't seem to dry out my house no matter what time of year it is. I have also had the mold remediation guys in and they could not offer much as far as solutions.

KingVolcano

02:19AM | 10/30/07
Member Since: 03/03/05
273 lifetime posts
I have an Humidex system in my own house and install them on a regular basis. I like the Humidex units because they do serve a purpose. However, if you have continued odor, I assume you still have active mold which means you have a leak, high humididty levels or moisture intrusion. A humidex will not cure your problem, only exchange the air so you will not notice the smell.

Did you have an inspection using a Thermal Camera? Often times when a source of moisture cannot be determined, we can identify an area using the camera. There are also times when a source of moisture is just from humidity and the camera would not help, but other equipment may.

Being in the mold remediation business, I notice that most of our competition will not or cannot determine sources unless they are visible. Did the "mold guys" that inspected your house use only visual inspection cues or used scientific equipment?

If you would like to have a Humidex unit installed, send me an email and I can help you out. The email below is not my business email. I purposely do not use my business contact information. I do not contribute to this forum to get business, but since you are local I would be willing to help you determine the source of the odor.

kingvolcano@aol.com

wkrshm

03:05PM | 11/15/07
Member Since: 11/14/07
2 lifetime posts
Unfortunately, b-dry sold you some bogus goods. The only way to prevent that moldy-odor is to seal any leaking foundation walls from the exterior...no sump pump in the world is going to stop water from entering your basement and allowing mold to grow.


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