Mold is a growing concern and a basement is a great place for mold to grow. Mold and mildew are musty smelling fungi that thrive in moist conditions. We cannot make claims about mold before or after the SaniDryTM is installed, but one thing is for sure-keeping humidity down reduces the chances for mold to grow. In general, mold will not grow at less than 50% relative humidity! The SaniDryTM will keep your basement below 50% relative humidity! Of course, any groundwater, plumbing or other leaks should be fixed, as part of a strategy to eliminate mold.
Mold spores will certainly irritate someone with allergies. The number one allergen however is the fecal matter of dust mites. Dust mites don't drink water, but absorb it out of the air through their skin. In order to live, dust mites need relative humidity over 50%. The SaniDryTM unit will reduce the relative humidity below 50% and dust mites will die off. The Solution - Wring the Moisture out of the Air!
SaniDryTM Basement Air System is a powerful and effective dehumidifier- big enough to do the job. It will dry the air and automatically drain the water out of a hose, so you never have to empty it, like a conventional dehumidifier. The SaniDryTM will take three times the water out of the air as a typical dehumidifier, yet uses the same energy.
It has a powerful blower to draw the damp musty air in and move the dry, clean air back out into the basement. This unit can stand alone in a finished or unfinished basement. It has a two stage filter system to keep the air clean. A prefilter for large dust particles that can be rinsed clean as needed, and a second, easy to replace, slide-in filter (yellow), that takes out particles as small as two microns.
The SaniDryTM unit has a two stage filter system to keep the air clean. A prefilter for large dust particles that can be rinsed clean as needed, and a second, easy to replace, slide-in filter (yellow), that takes out particles as small as two microns.
In fact, the SaniDryTM can remove three times the water out of the air, while only using the same 6.8 amps of energy. Dry air is less costly and easier to heat and air condition. A full 30% of an air conditioner's load is to remove humidity. By starting with dry air, you will save on air conditioning costs, due to your SaniDryTM unit!
Venting To or From the Outside
When trying to dry an interior space, you never want to leave windows or vents open, or use a fan to blow air in or out. If you blow air out, new unconditioned air from the exterior will replace it, entering from somewhere in the building envelope.
This new unconditioned air will need to be heated, cooled and dehumidified to be comfortable, adding substantial "hidden" costs to your heating and cooling bills. Keep windows, doors and vents to the outside.
What's downstairs... is upstairs! The basement or crawl space is part of the inside of a building as a whole. If there is high humidity and musty odors downstairs, it will affect the upstairs environment. Therefore, by drying your basement or crawl space, the SaniDryTM will help your whole house to be drier and healthier!
If you have any questions, please contact PEP Waterproofing today.