Mildew in Safe Room

suzy_2009June 30, 2010

We built a new house a year ago and in the basement we added a safe room in case of bad weather. It is concrete on all sides and the ceiling with a door. We did sheet rock it and paint it. Within a couple of weeks after we moved in we went in the room and there was mildew everywhere. Even on the stuff we had in there. We put a humidifier in there and ran it for a week or longer and it helped. My husband went in it a couple of days ago and it was terrible again. So we have the humidifier going again. So my question is how or what can we do to fix this problem? The basement is finished except for 2 rooms and we keep the door closed and we don't have any problems with mold or mildew in them. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!

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larke

Was a plastic sheet put between the sheet rock and the 'outside'? There are ways to build below grade, and that's one necessity. Now I'd want to know if the rest of those walls (outside the room) were constructed properly.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2010 at 8:13AM
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nycefarm_gw

Any vents or air circulation?

    Bookmark   July 1, 2010 at 3:50PM
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wantoretire_did

I hope you mean DEhumidifier.......

    Bookmark   July 4, 2010 at 12:21PM
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suzy_2009

Oh yes wantoretire I meant dehumidifier! When they constructed the safe room they did the moisture barrier but we did not put a vent in the room. So that might be what our problem is, although, we don't run the air or heat in the basement because it stays around 75 in the summer and 68 in the winter. I did go look in the other 2 rooms that were not finished and I have mildew on the legs of my furniture. The rest of the basement is finished. We have a bathroom, bedroom, exercise room, and the living room and kitchen is one big room. No problem in those rooms.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2010 at 12:42PM
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dgmarie

in all honesty, the cheapest solution it to leave the door open to allow air to circulate.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2010 at 2:30PM
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