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Re: Mold on the walls

Subject: Re: Mold on the walls
From: Peter Murray <>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2005 11:13:46 -0400

I can't tell you how to remove it, though a dilution of bleach doesn't 
sound like a bad idea (though I'd test to see what damage it might to to 
the surface in question).

My rental townhouse felt pretty humid downstairs last summer, even with 
the central air was running. When I moved in, I'd noticed the area 
carpet down there was a bit wet, which I initially atributed to carpet 
cleaning - but it stayed that way for quite a while. I then noticed some 
mold high on a wall in a separate room, and figured it was time to 
install a dehumidifier. I pull a *lot* of water out of the air with it 
(I have to empty the unit every 48 hours or so). The place seems pretty 
well sealed up, so I suspect it's more a function of a high local water 

Reduction of humidity is the best way that I know of to keep this 
problem at bay. The unit I bought from Sears does a fine job. It isn't 
too loud, has good dehumidification and water capacity (as well as the 
ability to drain via a hose to a floor drain, especially helpful given 
how fast this unit pulls water out of the air). The humidity level is 
set in increments of 5%, and it can be put on a 3 or 6-hour cycle. 
They're not too expensive, and should last many years.

Good luck!


Peter Murray (N3IXY)
Vienna, VA

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