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Old 07-15-2008, 12:57 AM  
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Default Mildew In Basement

I am moving to a house with a finished basement. It is very damp and mildewy.
It only has three small windows and a door to the outside. There are no screens.
My son has allergies and plans on living in the basement. My first thoughts were to get screens on the windows and door for ventilation and set up a dehumidifier.

Any other ideas? Thanks

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Old 07-15-2008, 07:11 AM  
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I would suggest cleaning the mildew with a solution of bleach and water, this is very effective at killing it.

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Old 07-23-2008, 08:56 AM  
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Default Make sure there are no water leaks


My basement was a bit humid too.

Make sure there are no water leaks in your basement. If you do some repairs have to be done. Otherwise, you may fix the problem with a dehumidifier.

Here is a good article I came across a good article at

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Old 07-24-2008, 09:49 AM  
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If its a leak, as previously mentioned it needs to be fixed otherwise a good scrub, a dehumidifier and a good bit of circulation (keep those windows open every now and then) and you shouldn't run into too many troubles.
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