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    Damp Dehumidifiers

    Hi, I have a current damp problem in one of my flats, tenants have reported mould on the skirting in one bedroom and also in the bathroom. After attending a property inspection they are ventilating the place well with all windows, doors and vents open

    Whilst waiting for the building company to sort it out I feel obliged to provide dehumidifiers. It is a two bedroom flat. I am unsure as to how many to buy. I want to get a decent size one £100 or so, but should I get two? one for the main room and one for the affected bedroom? Please help.

    Thanks
    Any information given in this post or others is only MY opinion and based ONLY on my own personal experiences as a landlord. It is not, and will never be, a substitute for legal advice administered by a solicitor or other qualified persons..................... So don't sue me.

    #2
    Originally posted by Jkrlandlordzone View Post
    Whilst waiting for the building company to sort it out I feel obliged to provide dehumidifiers. It is a two bedroom flat. I am unsure as to how many to buy. I want to get a decent size one £100 or so, but should I get two? one for the main room and one for the affected bedroom?
    One large one (specified for several rooms) would be enough, provided the tenants leave the interconnecting doors open. Otherwise no, you'd need one per room. So it depends on whether you think the tenants will indeed leave the doors open if you ask them.

    Bear in mind also that dehumidifiers are (a) pretty expensive to run, and once your tenants realise by how much they may well not bother running them; (b) they are noisy in operation so the tenants will certainly switch off one that is running in their bedroom at night (and willl they remember to switch it on again?) and (c) most of them have a water reservoir which need emptying regularly - if that doesn't happen they cut out. So will the tenants bother?

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      #3
      Damp Dehumidifiers - bit like a wet water closet!
      The advice I give should not be construed as a definitive answer, and is without prejudice or liability. You are advised to consult a specialist solicitor or other person of equal legal standing.

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        #4
        It would be wise to ask your tenants if they will use them before wasting ££££
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          #5
          I've bought and used the Ebac* range of portable dehumidifiers. They work well and regulate themselves efficiently, switching themselves off when there is no more damp air to process.

          However....

          I found the top of the range Ebac - the four room house model - to be too noisy in operation - it sounds like an aircraft carrier. I would recommend you buy one entry level Ebac model for around £150 as it is far quieter to operate.

          Naturally, if you or your tenants leave windows and external doors open then this defeats the object since your poor little dehumidifier is then trying to suck England dry. Dehumidifiers should be used with the windows and doors shut.

          You might consider paying for a permanent extractor fan to be wired into your bathroom window triggered by a humidity detector in the same room. I paid for this permanent solution and it has stopped the mould from appearing on my bathroom wallpaper. However, this approach is expensive and could cost from £500 to £1000 to purchase and install.

          (* I have no connection to the Ebac company )

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            #6
            I bought an Ebac dehumidifier which was on offer on their website and was very pleased with its performance. The water reservoir was quite large and easy to empty and I found I only needed to use it intermittently (maybe a couple of hours a day) - not necessary to leave it on all the time. I also found that siting it near washing drying on a drying horse helped the washing to dry (no outside facilities available and washer/dryer not suitable for drying all washing). And who says they are expensive to run? They should not use more than a refrigeration unit.
            Mrs Jones
            I am not an expert - my posts are my opinion and should not be taken as fact!!

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              #7
              [QUOTE=MetropolitanAnthony;96980]You might consider paying for a permanent extractor fan to be wired into your bathroom window triggered by a humidity detector in the same room. I paid for this permanent solution and it has stopped the mould from appearing on my bathroom wallpaper. However, this approach is expensive and could cost from £500 to £1000 to purchase and install.QUOTE]


              You was robbed!

              We installed a permanent extractor fan ourselves in a bathroom previously plagued with mould/condensation and it's magic. Gone, mould - gone, drippy walls. The fan itself (including kit for venting to outside via loft space above bathroom), cost about £40 and it took about half a day to put in, including knocking through outside wall and making good. Why would it cost £500-£1000?
              'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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                #8
                You are correct. I contracted out the work and at £500 to £1000 I was well and truly robbed!

                We learn more from our bad experiences than the good ones. Also, the more we do ourselves the cheaper any job will be.

                Recently, I hire a local firm I trust to do these kind of jobs and I make sure I am on site to supervise. This brings the cost of building work right down.

                Even so I would still expect this kind of job to cost between £200 to £300 including parts, VAT and labour. For a start I do not have your confidence or experience to bash a hole through an outer wall.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by MetropolitanAnthony View Post
                  I do not have your confidence or experience to bash a hole through an outer wall.
                  It's very satisfying. I can recommend it!

                  (The low point was having to remove the decomposing jackdaw from the loft space, but I sent my lackey in to do that).

                  I agree, if you've found some good local guys, hang on to them.
                  'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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                    #10
                    So solution seems to be as follows.

                    Dont buy loads, just get one
                    Ask the tenants if they'l actually use it
                    Dont spend more than £150
                    Dont buy an industrial sized one because it'll sound like a gatwick airport runway
                    Close all windows so i dont suck england dry (loved that btw)
                    Use it for also drying clothes. Might get one for myself in that case!
                    Any information given in this post or others is only MY opinion and based ONLY on my own personal experiences as a landlord. It is not, and will never be, a substitute for legal advice administered by a solicitor or other qualified persons..................... So don't sue me.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by MetropolitanAnthony View Post
                      You might consider paying for a permanent extractor fan to be wired into your bathroom window triggered by a humidity detector in the same room. I paid for this permanent solution and it has stopped the mould from appearing on my bathroom wallpaper. However, this approach is expensive and could cost from £500 to £1000 to purchase and install.
                      !!!

                      Or simply replace an existing extractor fan with one of these for £30, as I did: http://www.screwfix.com/prods/15722/...xtractor-Fan-4

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