What does a Garden Gnome do when she is not gardening, in the kitchen or doing genealogy? Well the answer might just surprise you so read the entries to find out more. This blog focuses on everything we do to make our house a home. There will be a strong emphasis on home energy efficiency and do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. At the same time there will also be crafts, knitting and crocheting projects along with any other little tips we do to create that down to earth, I want to be here home. Please enjoy your visit :)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

A Simple Moisture Solution

The main living level of our house is mainly below grade similar to a walk-out basement but a bit different.  Any area below grade is subject to higher humidity levels so the area is cooler with a hint of dampness. We are quite lucky that our lower level walls are about 18 - inches thick and well insulated.  In addition to that we have done a lot of air sealing.   On rainy days mainly spring and fall or on high humidity level days in the summer the lower level feels a bit damper which is quite normal.  Once we solved the plumbing/drainage problems moisture late last summer we noticed the lower level wasn't as damp in the fall.  Dampness can cause odours, molds, mildew and attract insects.   Our dampness issue is not bad enough to warrant running a dehumidifier. 

damp trap
About a year ago I spotted Damp Trap at the dollar store so decided to try a couple.  I was pleased with their performance enough that bought a few more on my recent trip to the dollar store.  What I like is these moisture absorbers are compact enough that they can be put in discrete areas so they aren't visible. 

Each moisture trap will absorb up to 12 oz of moisture and lasts about 3 months.  They are easy to use as well.  Once the plastic wrap is removed a foil seal needs to be removed then the plastic cap put back on.  Simply set the damp trap where desired and forget about it for about 3 months.    That's it!

used damp trap
When the calcium chloride pellets are absorbed there will be a good layer of water under where the pellets were sitting.  Remove the white moisture-permeable white layer and dump out the water.  The containers can then be tossed or cleaned out for the recycle bin or used in the garage. 

The moisture traps do look rather groatty with the water layer being dirtier in some traps depending on where they were.  I clean the used moisture traps out then put them into the recycle bin.  I think this is a low cost, non-electric but effective  way to solve minor moisture problems.  It costs about $9 per year for the number of moisture traps we use.

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