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[–] Nadeshda [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Wow, that sounds really scary actually. Very glad to hear no damage. How are drying everything out? What’s the weather like now?

Dehumidifiers and big fans can be rented or bought if monies available.

Got caught up cleaning the table for dinner, look at some of their designs.

Also I found this, not sure how useful or easy to get where you are. Geez just wanting to help...

1 Rock Salt

Rock salt will pull moisture out of the air, therefore decreasing humidity.

Materials you will need: 2 five gallon buckets and a bag of rock salt.

Using a drill, put a couple dozen holes in the sides and bottom of a bucket. Place this bucket inside the other intact (not drilled) bucket. Pour rock salt into the top bucket. Place the buckets in the area to be dehumidified. As the rock salt pulls moisture from the air, it will collect in the bottom bucket. Dump liquid and replace rock salt in order to continue dehumidifying the area as necessary.

2 Damprid

Damprid is a product that will control high humidity in your home or greenhouse. It comes in a hanging packet or as a spreadable powder. As the crystals absorb the moisture, they harden and turn into a solid mass. Damprid is an easy product to find in stores and not too hard on the pocketbook at $5 or less. You will find it in most home repair and hardware stores.

The white crystals are calcium chloride. This chemical compound is composed of calcium and chlorine and can be generated by limestone. The crystals are typically white or colorless, but small amounts of mineral deposits can cause the crystals to take on a faint rust color.

3 DriZair

DriZair is another cost-effective product easily found in most hardware and or big box stores. The crystals in DriZair absorb excess humidity in the air.

Line a collander (plastic is best) with vinyl screen and fill with DriZair. Place the collander in another, larger bowl or bucket. As the crystals pull water from the air, it collects in the bottom container. When all crystals have liquified, pour out the contents of the bowl or bucket and repeat with more crystals if necessary.

I also read somewhere if your books are wet or damp you can put them in a freezer bag and freeze them till you are able to properly dry them better.

I really hope you get some relief soon.


[–] Le_Squish 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Damp rid is really popular here as a common closet Accessory and is out of stock everywhere.

Right now I got all windows open and fans full blast. I 've got all the drawers and cabinets opened. My house is facing into the trade winds so as long as the air is moving, it will dry out in a day or three. There are specific algaes and mildews that like wood surfaces so some vinegar wipeing will happen as well. I have no drywall in my house so toxic mold is not a big risk for me. I am going to have a mass laundry washing to keep rusty mold at bay. It likes to eat fabric and the stains it leaves rarely come out.

I do have some sea salt drawing out moisture in the kitchen and it's going well. Sea salt is very cheap as one would imagine.

Can't really stop books from getting a bit moldy here without a climate controlled environment. Most people this side of the island don't have airconditioner. We worry more about the termites eating our books.

Mr kitty is damp too though. I don't think cats mold that quickly.

Right now the weather is bright and cloudy.


[–] Nadeshda [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

You are a trooper lady !

You are certainly doing all that can be done.

I am praying for those winds to dry you out soon my dear.

Big hugs to you! Lol, thank goodness Kitty’s don’t mould, that would be a mess now meow... :)

I am just super happy y’all are safe ! Phew...