Due to recent storms and hurricane Irene our crawl space (CS) is reeking & damp.
Last time this happened, in 30+ years, was 2 yrs ago & it was due to severe storms & rainfall was about 6 inches. Two large box fans dried it out. They are running now as well as a small vent size fan jury-rigged outside (trying to extract CS air).
We are in Southern NJ. All sand down below well, that is 125' deep
CS is 25' x 55' w/ sand floor, 5' tall
we have 3 crawl space vents; 9. in. x 18 in each
with un-insulated HVAC ducting; and piping attached to overhd (joists)
also contains well pump
No plastic over sand
no insulation on block side walls or overhead
so CS is not climate controlled
Caused by high ground water & humidity; no leaks in block sidewall or from plumbing, washer, etc.
We feel that since the cs has been dry for 30 + years except for when we were innudated by the heavy rains 2 yrs ago and last week, we may need just a Dehumidifier and let the plastic over sand & sidewall insulation off; because, we have close friends here that had it done, but incorrectly & @ relatively high cost by some of the largest national restoration companies; and this work has caused huge issues.
Our son had one company that wanted $1000.00 last year just to test for mold in his open basement. They wouldn't do anything until they were assured that mold was not present.
We know there is no mold down there.
An online chat w/ http://www.allergybuyersclub.com rep was lengthy and the rep suggested Ebac CS60 Dehumidifier based on CS size, etc.
Any opinions on this unit?
We may go with a CS Dehumidifier w/pump to begin with; the plastic over sand floor & the side wall insulation is dependent upon local company reviews and chats with recent customers.
Be well and again, thanks to BaldLoonie & others here who helped us when we upgraded the HVAC!