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Old 09-19-2009, 08:42 AM   #1
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Im looking to dry out my basement. First I need to replace the windows. Should I install vents or dry it out and seal it up? I've heard it both ways.

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Install vents? As in venting windows?

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Im looking to dry out my basement. First I need to replace the windows. Should I install vents or dry it out and seal it up? I've heard it both ways.
You need to know what is causing the dampness. You should also know how damp it is. In most cases you would need an appropriately sized dehumidifier to control excessive dampness.
Energy wise, you should only expect to keep the basement at between 50-60%. You can go lower, but it heats up the basement excessively and you pay more for the heat.
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I did install LOWE venting windows in my basement to replace the single pane windows

Its nice to be able to open them on a dry/nice day & let the basement air out
I run a dehumidifer (I have 3 actually) & they could run just about 24x7 trying to keep the basement below 50% humidity
one of the newer dehumdifiers I bought has a humidty gauge & I go by that & another one on the other side of the basement

I have a high water table so at times need to run mine quite a bit
Plus I have part of my salt water fish tank in the basement

I used to open the basement door to air out
But a chipmunk ran in one day & was a royal PIA to get him out

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Basement humidity should be kept at or below about 65 percent during the summer
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The rotten window frames are letting in water wen it rains. Also in a seperate room in the basement theres a well with a sumppump. When i first bought the house the pump was old and didn't work verry well. I had so much condinsation behind the breaker box that I had three breakers weld themselves to the bus bar! so I had a new pannel installed and a new pump. I also have a dehumidifier in the room with the electric pannels. It stay dry for the most part until it rains
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The rotten window frames are letting in water wen it rains. Also in a seperate room in the basement theres a well with a sumppump. When i first bought the house the pump was old and didn't work verry well. I had so much condinsation behind the breaker box that I had three breakers weld themselves to the bus bar! so I had a new pannel installed and a new pump. I also have a dehumidifier in the room with the electric pannels. It stay dry for the most part until it rains
First thing to do would be to replace the windows. If there are any other water issues, repair them as well.
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