I'm curious to know how many of you run a dehumidifier in your basement? We recently ran into some issues, which I'm still trying to grasp, and it has to do with our new basement and running a dehumidifier.
The first couple of months we had no issues in our basement. During the last week or so, our basement has gone from cool and dry to humid and musty smelling. Our project manager said we need to run a dehumidifier. He said he still runs his in his basement and his house is 7 years old. We've been running one for the last few days and are dumping lots of water out of it. The trouble spot seems to be the extra closet I have under the basement stairs. If you remember in my earlier posts, this was an upgrade we did. This area is quite damp and even has some mold because we didn't catch this issue early enough. We have since removed all items from this closet and are running the dehumidifier day and night. I've talked to some other home owners here and have gotten mixed comments - some say they were told to do this from the time they moved in and others look quite surprised.
I do know that some of this is to be expected - the house is still settling and going through all of the various temperature levels and humidity levels inside and out. But I am concerned. This dehumidifier thing is new to me. Our previous house was a 30yr. old bi-level and we never ran a dehumidifier. The last thing I want is for a musty smelling basement and problems with using my storage space.
**And before you ask - no this is not black mold. This was mold that was easily wiped off the dry wall and some of our personal belongings.