You’ve heard the cliche, “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.” Well, you have made your home more comfortable this summer by running that dehumidifier when needed. The problem is when your dehumidifier won’t drain, or worse, breaks down, leaving your home and your family feeling uncomfortable.

Dehumidifiers work wonders for your family’s health, so you need to know how to drain your dehumidifier properly so it can consistently do its job. The best spot for your dehumidifier is in your basement, where it is most likely for moisture to accumulate. If your dehumidifier’s tank is full, then that moisture will stick in the air. Remembering to drain the tank in your dehumidifier can be a chore, but you can try to make it easier.

Many dehumidifiers can run automatically, and you can manually adjust the humidity level on the unit so that once the air in your basement reaches that level, your dehumidifier will shut off. Unfortunately, it will also shut off with a full tank. If your only option is to drain the tank manually, try to make it a routine, so it is less likely to forget. For instance, every morning after you wake up, or before you go to bed, drain the dehumidifier.

If you have a floor drain readily accessible, then your job can be that much easier. Your dehumidifier should have a spot to attach a drain hose, and you can run that hose directly to the drain. There is no need to empty the tank when the tank doesn’t even fill, but the moisture pulled from the air is drained directly by gravity.

With all the moisture pulled from the air, maybe you don’t want it to just go to waste down the drain. Reuse or repurpose that water. For any plants you have around that house, use the moisture collected from the dehumidifier and water your houseplants. However, do not drink the water.

You know that water and excess moisture can damage your home or affect your family’s health. Dehumidifiers won’t just make your home more comfortable, but by pulling moisture from the air, it creates an environment that is less likely to develop or grow mold. For more information on dehumidifiers and the best ways to drain them, contact Kellermeier Plumbing today at 616-866-5134. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers and strive to provide our clients with the highest level of service.