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Old 04-24-2007, 06:45 AM   #31
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Yes, there are places where you can rent contractor sized dehumidifers and fans. They're as big as a washing machine. Mold remediation companies use these. I wouldn't consider buying anything that big. You can easily go to home depot and buy the fans I listed above, and home owner sized dehumidifiers (for the long run).

The industrial sized fans usually have a duct attached to them that allows extension through a basement window to outside. This allows the fan to pull air and draw it outside. It's important to keep the humidity level in your basement below 45%.

Pros use this:

http://www.amgair.com/products_ebacbd150.html

with pump:

http://www.bestvacuum.com/ebac-triton.html?s=szilla

Here's a rental place with a location near you:

http://www.onsite-energy.com/rentals/DH.html

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Thanks.
So those retail fans and dehumidifers would do the trick?
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Old 04-24-2007, 07:19 AM   #33
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Retail barrel fan will do the trick. Circulation of air is important. I don't know how large your basement is, but I would both rent a contractor sized dehumidifer for maybe 2 days and get the humidity way down, and in the meantime, run out and buy a homeowner sized dehumdifier. Maybe buy two.

The homeowner sized ones usually are sold out late spring, and are generally more expensive at home depot or lowe's. You can get an identical one from Walmart, but it'll just have a different brand name.

I have this one, along with a whirlpool in my basement.

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=5079279

If money is "no object," consider this slightly heavier duty model:

http://www.amgair.com/products_ebaccd35.html
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I have not had a chance to move the washer and dryer. And I have not dried it under there. If I spray bleach under there after I dry it will that eliminate any chance of mold?

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Old 04-25-2007, 07:09 AM   #35
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You probably have mold under there already. I would definitely dehumidify and dry things out. The way mold remediation companies would tackle it is they would probably use a HEPA vac to vac up that area, then they would sand, and then HEPA vac again.

If I were you, I'd dry it out, spray bleach/water combo, and after it's all dead, try to sweep or brush it up.

It would be interesting if you could take a picture of the areas where water is coming in. You've written a lot asking how to address potential mold issues, but little about how the water is coming in and how to address it.

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