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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-29-2018, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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Never ending battle with moisture

My cabin has a basement that is a magnet for moisture. The previous owner said having a basement was the biggest mistake he made when building it. We used dry lock on the walls and I added gutters to the cabin to direct as much moisture away from the building as I can. That helped some. There is some moisture on the floor when I was there earlier this week. The walls were dry, so the best I can think is that it is possibly seeping up through the floor at the edges of the walls and concrete floors. This is a rustic cabin, so I donít have electricity for a dehumidifier. Any suggestions for another way to battle this? Iím thinking of a small solar panel kit and a fan in the vent windows to circulate air. I think we are something like 10 inches above normal for rain this year, so that is a big problem in itself.
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-29-2018, 02:22 PM
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Buy a good dehumidifier and let it run. Buy one that allows you to hook a hose to the water collection tub so you never have to worry about emptying it and let it run all the time. If you have a drain in the basement run the hose into it.
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He cant, he doesn't have power ww. Any other ideas?
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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-29-2018, 03:00 PM
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Ahh, I missed where he said no electricity. No I don't have another idea other than install electric.
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There really seems to be only two solutions - run electric or raise the building unto pillars. Neither one is cheap or easy. The solar panel/fan option might help, but relying on solar power may prove iffy, and no guarantee you could move enough air to make a difference.
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My cabin has a basement that is a magnet for moisture. The previous owner said having a basement was the biggest mistake he made when building it.

You’re a better man than me, Gunga Din. I would’ve ran away if he said that to me.

Here’s a thought for when you’re at the cabin. Buy a generator that runs off propane and connect a dehumidifier to it.

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post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-29-2018, 07:31 PM
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I have used a product called damp rid , it comes in 4lb containers and a smaller version they have worked well for me in the past . The large 4lb is disposable and the smaller ones are refillable . Lowes , Home depot and Wal mart has them.
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Ventilation and air flow. Is it worse at any one time of year.
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Maybe try something like this:



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Ventilation and air flow. Is it worse at any one time of year.
Only bad this time of year with excess rain. Had no problem 2 years ago. Last two summers have had an above average rain.

I did add 4 new temp vent windows. Iíll have to try the suggested products.
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