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Posted by Grasshopper on March 20th, 2003 07:52 AM
In reply to basement ventilation by Brendan on March 19th, 2003 02:19 PM [Go to top of thread]

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Over 25 years, I gutted my basement twice before learning this lesson. Exhausting basement air draws outside air into the home. This is OK when the outside dew point is less than 50^F. When the outdoor dew point is +60^F, basement ventilation causes condensation on the concrete. This like the condensation on a can of cold pop. Damp concrete grows mold. Mold makes a basement smell like a basement. Damp, musty basements make people sick. Get a % relative humidify meter and monitor the %RH. When it's exceeds 60% RH, stop outside air infiltration and dehumidify. To be realy safe, you should keep the humidity below 50%RH. Even climates like Denver that are dry most of the time have this problem after a week of rainy weather. A dry basement space is the nicest space in a home!

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