How to deal with a really damp house.
June 16, 2014 6:40 PM Subscribe
There is a lake under my house and we have a very serious damp issue. Thank goodness I don't own it but while we house hunt (to buy), we have to live with it. Looking for ways to cope.
posted by mooza to Home & Garden (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
It is Winter time here. I have a dehumidifier going 24/7 that sucks out about 5 litres of moisture each day, if I'm fastidious about emptying it out when it gets full.
It is the kind of dampness where I can't store a wooden rolling pin in the kitchen drawer without it growing mould after 2 days.
When I'm home all the windows are open for ventilation, even though it's cold.
Last year, we talked to our landlords about it, they installed a pump that pumps the water out from under the house - but it's set to go when the water reaches a certain level which to me means that there is never not going to be water underneath the house. They also painted some sort of coated something underneath so that I guess the floorboards don't rot. It took them about 4 months to pull this off, by which time it was Spring/Summer and things were fine. But now we're back to Winter and it's close to unbearable.
We've been house hunting for more than a few months now and are hopefully close to buying something (Sydney real estate is murder) but in the meantime, we're looking for ways to cope and keep the mould and damp at bay. Any great tips would be appreciated. I'm also newly knocked up and wondering how freaked out I should be about mould and sickness.