how to vent our cellar

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by little mom, Dec 2, 2003.

  1. little mom

    little mom Active Member

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    we have a new cellar 15w by 32 long &7 high
    12 inch solid walls 6 inch roof all concrete .about 3 feet of it is sticks out of the ground, theres a little sweating
    it has 2 vents in the back next to top 12 inches by 8 in.
    do we need more vents or do we need to plug them off
    while its cold around 20 degrees
     
  2. mikell

    mikell Well-Known Member

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    Some people use PVC to vent from near the floor. It helps circulate the air.

    mikell
     

  3. ed/IL

    ed/IL Well-Known Member

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    Put a fan in there to get the air moving.
     
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    ed/IL Well-Known Member

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    Little Mom I am replying to your PM here because others might be able to add some info. I would use any fan you have. If you have oscillating fan use that. Leave the vents open. The sweating is from the cold concrete above ground being colder then the dew point inside. Moist air inside touches cold concrete. You could insulate on the outside with foam, dirt straw what ever you have to keep the concrete close to the same temperature as the air inside. I would just start with the fan and see how that works.
     
  5. mikell

    mikell Well-Known Member

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    If you put the vent inlet at the floor at the opposite end form the vents you should be able to save on the fan.


    mikell