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Last post Fri, Oct 8 2010 8:39 PM by MarthaMFI. 4 replies.
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  • Wed, Oct 6 2010 11:55 AM

    • Brandy
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    Dust in the Basement

    A reader wrote in with a problem concerning dust in her basement. Do you have any ideas on how she can solve her problem?

    "We have a problem with our basement. Our basement is a finished basement with glass block windows, so it’s quite sealed. The tiny vents in the windows face our driveway and our neighbors driveway. They're quite dusty so we leave the vents closed. With only the steps to the basement and the exhaust fan in the bathroom down there for circulation, there is no real ventilation. We have hot water heat so there is no furnace filtration. We can’t use our basement because of all the dust. We tried an air filter but it barely worked. Anybody have any ideas what we can do?
    Thank you
    Lorie P."

     

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  • Wed, Oct 6 2010 12:25 PM In reply to

    • Toni B.
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    Re: Dust in the Basement


    The reader doesn't mention the age of the house or whether they know the history behind the finished basement. Was it finished prior to the owners buying it? or did they finish it themselves?
    However its possible that even though the basement is finished, dust is falling from the ceiling because of activity going on upstairs. In addition, dust is also composed of human skin cells and pet dander. It could also be lint from clothing and furniture and carpet, especially the new soft fuzzy fabrics. I would also be curious to know they type of wall covering and ceiling they have ( sheetrock, paneling or ceiling tiles). The quality of the materials used could be in question if the material is deteriorating.


    Its hard to offer a fix without knowing the exact cause. Hopefully the owners could look into the history of the basement upgrades to find some answers.

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  • Wed, Oct 6 2010 3:04 PM In reply to

    Re: Dust in the Basement

    Brandy:
    The tiny vents in the windows face our driveway and our neighbors driveway. They're quite dusty so we leave the vents closed.

     

    Do you think that could be the source of the problem? Dust is still getting in from outside through the vents even though they are closed?

     

    Brandy:
    the exhaust fan in the bathroom down there for circulation,

    Could the exhaust fan not be properly vented and pulling air and thus, dust back in?

     

    Erika
  • Fri, Oct 8 2010 7:57 PM In reply to

    Re: Dust in the Basement

    Test for asbestos.  If it's positive, stay  all the way out of the basement until the problem can be eradicated.  Lung cancer isn't pretty or frugal.

    If it isn't, buy a good air cleaner, set it up, spray the basement with chlorine bleach to kill mildew in the dust, and then clean it up when it dries.  Not a pleasant job but the electrostatic cleaner should keep the dust fought back, once you get the first and worst layer out.

  • Fri, Oct 8 2010 8:39 PM In reply to

    • MarthaMFI
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    Re: Dust in the Basement

    strange because we hardly get any dust in our basement and it is not really finished, has furnace etc.    

    like the others ..a good clean, check venting and  get an air cleaner.

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