My 70 pint Frigidaire portable dehumidifier just died at the ripe old age of 20 months. I use it in an unfinished basement: approx 1000 feet, poured concrete floor, block with dirt against it on one wall... half buried wall brick on block..... air exposed wall: brick on block, and fourth wall is stick studs sheetrock, conditioned space. Is there a better product or solution, short of digging 8 feet down to the footings in front of the house and seriously sealing up the outside of the block foundartion, which I am just not going to do?
During heavy rains i have had some seepage under the front subterranean wall... and have sealed it with the chalky mudlike product... don't recall the name. Under the finished portion of the basement, I had an expensive channel drain installed, moisture barrier behind the stud walls.. and that has protected that part of the basement. I wish I had the money to do that to the rest of it when I had that done.
These things are lasting barely 2 years, at $200 a pop, and are probably darn inefficient. Is there a better product, longer life, better overall cost performance out there? Thanks, Paul