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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2011 2:15 am 
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For those much more experienced than I.

I have a pretty humid basement. Is it okay to store canned goods or airtight containers in my basement or do I have to get a dehumidifier? Its not so humid as to smell musty. But its a limestone foundation and will leak during heavy rains. Better to keep upstairs? Any input would be appreciated. Only thing I have stored downstairs right now is bottled water. I was looking to store Mason jars of food there. Thanks ZS.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2011 2:29 am 
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Slightly complicated question. If you own the house your best bet is to fix the basement, put in a sump pump seal the walls and floor and a small full time dehumidifier draining into the sump would answer all your problems. Or - you could rotate the caned goods you store down there ever 6 months. Airtight containers ? unless you can vacuum seal them so there is no air in them the humidity will be just as bad inside as out.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2011 2:43 pm 
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I don't see a problem worth several thousand $ in home remodeling.

Try it. Watch for rust. If cans are rusting try a light wipe with an
oily rag before storing. All old house basements are damp.

Home canned food in mason jars is vacuum sealed.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 6:51 pm 
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a powered dehumidifier is great ........ rig a hose to a drain and nothing to worry about except the electric bill ........

for an old fashion solution without electric ....... hang a mesh bag of rock salt over a plastic bucket ....... the rock salt gathers the moisture and it weeps off into the bucket .......

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 10:12 pm 
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Good points. My basement is subdivided by walls already so I think I might insulate one of the rooms and just put the dehumidifier in that room near the floor drain. That should be enough I think. Just setting up the room and adding the shelving should keep me busy till I am ready to add more food. Right now I keep everything upstairs. Started with a 3 day supply. Hope to have a 30 day supply of everything soon.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 10:30 pm 
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Humidity can damage more than your pantry. Mildew can damage just about everything (I have too much experience with this) :cry: , and some molds may even be a moderate health hazard.

Tackling dampness and mildew in the basement should be a high priority. Bonanacrom is right, but if that's too big a project, at least buy a couple dehumidifiers.

Do some research, use them properly, and you might be amazed at how pleasant a space your basement can become.

Bottom line: Rather than approaching this as "protecting your food from moisture", approach it as a full-on attack at preventing the moisture to begin with.

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Updated this old thread. Now up to 3 months of stored food. Basement is much better with a pair of dehumidifiers and by prioritizing things that can be in the basement and somethings that MUST be upstairs in a dryer environment. Downstairs is great for canned goods and storage in containers that are sealed. Guns stay upstairs in safe etc. I still work on things every week when finances allow. I must be making progress because I have to inform people that they will NOT be coming to MY house in the PAW. I tell them to do their own preps. But at least I have them thinking its something they should do.

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Did you get the rain leaks looked at? If not I'd go ahead with that before I went much further.

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Yes. It was a case of clogged gutters, so I have gutter guards on everything now. Hasn't been a big problem with zero rain ; so maybe next year might be a better test.

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