When we first moved into this house, we knew that we had to address the musty basement. It actually permeated from the basement up to the family room, which is right off of the basement. I figured that we needed some sort of vent system down there, so that’s what we had installed–unbeknownst to me that what we really needed was a REAL dehumidifier. This EZ Breathe system we had a waterproofing company install was supposed to function as a dehumidifier (LOOK! No budgets to empty!!) and a vent system (LOOK! Toxins vented to the outside of your house!!), and we thought it would relief the musty smell (LOOK! Fresh air!!).
Sadly, after 3-4 months, it did none of those things. I can’t believe their website even makes the claim that it’s better than a dehumidifier. Puh-lease…..
It’s now been 5 years since we purchased it and we haven’t used it in years. 🙁 We literally wasted $1,500 because we were new, naive homeowners looking for solutions for a musty basement and we were led astray with the promise of a product that did none of the things promised.
What I should have done was just purchased a dehumidifier for a few hundred dollars and saved our $1,500!
We have since been using a dehumidifier and it’s work great in reducing the smell in the basement, along with keeping the humidity levels lowered.
Tips for Using Dehumidifiers in a Wet Basement
If you’re struggling with finding solutions to dry out a moist, wet basement that always has high humidity, here are some tips that should help you, since this has been my experience since we moved into this house 6 years ago:
TIP #1: Buy a Dehumidifier With a Built-In Drain Option
Trust me–it’s a pain in the butt to empty a dehumidifier every day.
I’ve owned those that drain automatically and ones that must be emptied manually.
Look for brands with a built-in drain option like these brands, such as the Friedrich D70BP 70 Pint Dehumidifier with BUILT-IN DRAIN PUMP, which will allow the unit to pump the water away from the unit, whether to a floor drain, into a sink, or up and out of the window.
TIP #2: Does It Have a Continuous Operation?
If you’ve got a floor drain option in your basement, definitely consider getting a dehumidifier that has a continuous operation when you connect a dehumidifier hose to it!
I’ve had one of these in my basement, but because it didn’t have a built-in pump, I had to set the dehumidifier on a platform so that the water could run out of the hose down into the floor drain.
It was nice not having to empty it daily!
TIP #3: Don’t Forget the Dehumidifier Hose!
Nope, dehumidifiers generally don’t come with these hoses, and you’ll likely need one to connect to your dehumidifier to run to your floor drain. Be sure to pick one up from Amazon when you order you dehumidifier, too!
Having a humid, moist basement isn’t the end of the world.
Thankfully, with the help of dehumidifiers, we can create extra living space that is safe to breathe and enjoyable for the family!