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Recycling Water from Basement Dehumidifier

I live in a high humidity area during summer, so my basement dehumidifier is always filling up. Rather than just dumping the tank when it's full, I pour it into my clothes washing machine when I start a load of clothes. It's a great way to recycle the water, and I save money on my water bill.

By Scott J.

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August 18, 20040 found this helpful

I have a lift limit of 1 gal. - 8 lbs. On my dehumidifer I cut a hole in the drip bucket and attached a hose to it. I have it lined up with the drain hole and as it drips into the drain I never have to empty it. Yes, It Is Free water but think of the dust, mold spores and smell you are pouring into the washer. If you let it drain out you will find it has a slight slime to it. I also add bleach to the drip basket or vinegar (white) every month, remember years back about all those people in Pa. (I think) that got sick from the water in the air cooling system at a hotel?

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August 18, 20040 found this helpful

My mother has a dehumidifier in her basement. She waters her outside plants with the water collected from hers.

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