Basement odor Air Purifier

by Cherri
(Kingston, WI (USA))

What is best for me to use. My basement stinks horribly. I have cats and very bad mildew odor - it is unlivable. The odor is coming upstairs and I believe if I could do something with the mildew odor which I am highly allergic too I would be able to breath better and not get the headaches and other issues.

I had one guy come in and he recommended that I remove the old cistern which has no water in it (in fact there is no water on the cement walls in the basement but there are stains) and have the sump pump covered or hooked up to the sewer line. He also recommended getting a air/heat exchange unit added to my furnace.

These items are extremely expensive and beyond my financial reach. Do you think an air purifier would help control the odors? I want to get something that will also be safe. As I said I cough a lot and I don't want to get a machine that will end up making me sicker or affecting my lungs. What would your recommendation be? I have two floors in the house about 600 sq. feet I would say. My basement has about 12 foot poured concrete walls and concrete floor.

MY RESPONSE

Sorry to hear of the problem, which is very common unfortunately. The right air purifier will help, but I have a few less expensive ideas as well.

Our goal is to kill the odor and the mildew/bacteria/mold floating around in the air. To do that we have to remove any moisture otherwise the problem just repeats and repeats. Here are a few suggestions:

1) Get a dehumidifier.

It will remove the moisture and humidity, you'll have to empty it every few days but it will help- alot! Here's one for under $100 Ivation IVADM45 Powerful Mid-Size Thermo-Electric Intelligent Dehumidifier w/Auto Humidistat - For Spaces Up to 2,200 Cubic Feet

2) An air purifier for the odors and mold killing

#But which one? You're right about not using ozone because of your lungs. However it might be an idea to use it on occasion - like when you're ut of the house for awhile. That's how I use it - when I'm not around. It takes about 1-2 hours for the ozone to dissipate completely. If you want to skip ozone then a machine like the Aliveair.com


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