On Sunday I decided I had enough of my basement smelling gross and being damp. I saw one spot down there that had been growing mold, and I don’t know about you, but mold scares me. The reason I hadn’t bought a dehumidifier already was because we had one (albeit small) already and I thought it was doing a good job. Wrong. I sucked it up, went to my local Home Depot, and grabbed one off the shelf and lugged it to my cart. $190 later, and I was the proud owner of a large dehumidifier. I took it home, drug it downstairs, and set it up. That evening I went to check on it and the bucket was already full! I was amazed. I have emptied that bucket twice a day since I’ve had it!
After all the him-hawing I did with purchasing it, I decided I was going to look on the bright side of things and see how overall I will be saving money in the long run. First of all, I would have less moisture in the basement, which means less mold, which means less health problems. Less health problems equals less money spent on going to the doctor and taking time off. Then I decided that not only could I look at it that way, but I also could use that water that the dehumidifier extracted for other things. I can water my houseplants, water my garden, and even add it to the small pond out front. Not only am I being more “green”, but I’m saving money on water!
I still feel a little bad about spending that much money on one item, but I figure it is a necessity. We can’t live with the basement like that. It’s dangerous! I’m glad I was able to look on the bright side of things and realize that there is always some positives that can come out of a negative.