Dehumidifiers help you control the level of moisture in your basement or crawl space. While these machines aren’t ideal when you’re confronting internal flooding, they can help you control the security of the structural supports in your home.
That said, a dehumidifier works best when it’s well maintained. If you’re not sure where to start, you can reference this checklist when caring for your dehumidifier. The more steps you take to secure your machine, the healthier your home will be and the longer your dehumidifier will last.
Where to Place Your Dehumidifier
One of the best ways to ensure a long life for your dehumidifier is to place it with care. You want to make sure your dehumidifier has unobstructed access to the bulk of your basement or crawl space, depending on which one you want to clear out. You’ll also want to consider placing your dehumidifier on a shelf, or at least elevated off the ground, in its working space. This way, no standing water will cause it to malfunction.
Think About Bucket-Emptying
Typical dehumidifiers have a bucket or reservoir that serves as a water basin for all the moisture the machine pulls out of the air. You won’t have to worry about this bucket overflowing when you have a modern machine working for you. Dehumidifiers will shut off when their buckets fill up, preventing any spills in your basement or crawl space.
That said, if you’re not checking on your dehumidifier regularly, yours may turn off for an extended period of time without you knowing. In that time, moisture can build up in your home and start to damage your structural supports.
While maintaining your dehumidifier, you’ll want to empty the bucket with some regularity. You’ll also want to clean the bucket with gentle soap and water to keep any mold particles inside the machine from taking root.
But if you’d like to have a more useful system that you can “set and forget,” seriously consider an energy-efficient dehumidifier that also is a self-draining unit, like one that can be installed by Foundation
Recovery Systems. Our units automatically self-drain into a sump pump system or can be installed with a condensate pump. That way, you don’t have to worry about trudging down to your basement or crawl space all the time to empty the water. It will be safely and efficiently removed for you.
Changing and Cleaning the Filter
The filters in your dehumidifier do a lot of work to keep the air in your home and the machine itself healthy. These filters pull debris particles out of the air and won’t circulate contaminated air back into your home after the moisture’s been pulled out of it.
To keep your filters as fresh as possible, you’ll want to check them every two weeks or so. You need to look at them at least once a month to make sure they aren’t over-full. While you can usually find filters at your local hardware store, it’s best that you work with a professional contractor to install and maintain all pieces of the dehumidifier.
Keep an Eye on Your Humidistat
Most modern dehumidifiers come equipped with humidistats to help you keep track of their energy output. Your dehumidifier, like many of the temperature control devices in your home, can overwork if you run it too frequently or at high speeds for too long. You’ll want to check your humidistat to make sure you’re giving your dehumidifier the breaks it needs to continue operating as it should.
Look Over Your Coils
Your dehumidifier uses internal coils to draw the moisture in your air. These coils are especially sensitive to that moisture and can suffer from damage if you don’t actively check on them. To protect your coils, you’ll want to keep your dehumidifier in a relatively warm space where temperatures are always over 60°F. This way, the coils won’t freeze, meaning the moisture in your dehumidifier won’t cause any internal damage.
In the same vein, you don’t want to drown your coils, either. As mentioned, it’s best to try and keep your dehumidifier elevated in your basement or crawl space to keep any standing water away from the mechanism.
Ask for Guidance When Things Seem Strange
There are times when, no matter how well you take care of your dehumidifier, things start to go wrong. If you believe your dehumidifier isn’t working as well as it used to, or if you find yourself dealing with more moisture in your basement or crawl space than you used to, you can call on an area professional for guidance. An inspector or technician from Foundation Recovery Systems can come out to your home and inspect your dehumidifier for you.
To take the guesswork out of your dehumidifier service, you also can sign up for the company’s annual maintenance program. A technician will thoroughly inspect the dehumidifier and change the filters, as well as check the health of the whole of the crawl space or basement. In the same breath, these experts in Moberly, MO, can look through the rest of your home and identify other sources of damage, if they happen to exist. They also will leave you with a free services quote that you can reference if you want to take advantage of other waterproofing and crawl space services in the future.