Keeping the beach house dry

Houses near the water typically need a dehumidifier.

This weekend I was lucky enough to have a friend's family invite me to their beach house in Montauk, NY. The scenery was just beautiful. My friend's house is right up against the water, making for a spectacularly tranquil beach house. But there was one problem. Everything in this beautiful house right by the water feels damp and sticky. Though we had a very pleasant weekend, I don't like to feel like I'm under water unless I’m swimming, so the humidity was uncomfortable.

This is a common problem among houses so close to the water. There just happens to be a lot more moisture in the air by the water than in a mainland house, making things feel damp. Location isn't the only reason why vacation homes have a tendency to develop mold problems, though. If a house is vacant for a long time, problems that would usually be fixed right away, such as a leaky roof or gutter, can go unnoticed for a while. If these problems go unsolved, they can make your house have an old, musty smell or even lead to a mold problem.

Luckily though, there is an easy fix.

Almost any beach house you visit will have a dehumidifier in the basement and sometimes in the rooms above-ground as well. These handy systems work by taking moisture out of the air and condensing it into water. A big house like my friend's could have used a basement dehumidifier as well as a couple of portable versions for the bedrooms upstairs.

If you have a beach house, you will definitely want to have a dehumidifier as well. These can keep your vacation house in great condition for years, and they will keep you and your friends comfortable for the duration of your stay.

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