Wet basement laundry room.

by Judy
I have a full basement that sometimes gets a little wet. My laundry gets sopped and anything I have down there. It’s concrete but the floor has a crack and I know I need hydrostatic patching stuff.
But I also want to know idea to get the laundry off the floor while waiting to be washed.
Any ideas welcome.
I‘d like a pretty wash area.

  7 answers
  • Oliva Oliva on Jul 04, 2018

    Small table or chair set on plastic cubes, vinyl coated shelving with adjustible shelves. Place the laundry in baskets, atop your washer/dryer. Purchase a dehumidifier with a hose that empties into laundry tub or floor drain. Elevate it atop concrete blocks or a table.

  • Janet Boudreau Janet Boudreau on Jul 04, 2018

    I had that problem in a log home basement and before long I had mold on everything. And all along there say a dehumidifier. I had to empty the fill bucket periodically. Wish the previous owner had mentioned this.

  • Janice Janice on Jul 04, 2018

    Hi Judy, find a wire hamper with rollers on it to use as your laundry basket.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jul 04, 2018

    My husband has electrical equipment that he keeps on an enclosed porch. A dehumidifier draws the moisture out of the air. Amazing how much moisture is collects in just 2 days. We have to empty the container (full of water) every few days but no problems. Do you have a window or exhaust fan in your laundry area?

    • Judy Judy on Jul 04, 2018

      I do have a dehumidifier and window but window is closed. I like the fan in the window idea.

  • Sharon Sharon on Jul 04, 2018

    Thats not healthy. I would for sure put a fan in the vent or window to exhaust the unhealthy air. Then get your patch done the next time its not wet and seal the concrete floor. You could get a rolling hamper.... https://www.walmart.com/search/?query=rolling%20hamper&cat_id=0&typeahead=rolling%20hamper

    simple ventilation.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YR-mkF-DvZQ


    If the walls are a source of moisture, I would paint them with Drylok, they also make a crack filler.

    • Judy Judy on Jul 04, 2018

      Sharon that’s brilliant! Thanks! A window fan would help. We do have a dehumidifier we use.

      Patching the cracks would be of great help too.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jul 04, 2018

    Put down a washable rug on the floor that will absorb any moisture and just wash it frequently. If you keep the dirty laundry in laundry baskets it should keep the laundry dry with the basket sitting on the floor by the washer. I would definitely use a dehumidifier with the hose you can attach and put at a drain so that you don't have to worry about it over flowing. We have a plastic garbage can in our laundry room hooked up to a R/O system for water for the three huge salt water fish tanks that are in the basement. When it is on, occasionally it isn't checked frequently enough to prevent overflow. We have scraps of the carpet that is down in three of the rooms on the floor in the laundry room that prevents it from spreading a lot. I have old beach towels down their that they use to absorb the water from the carpet, then they throw them in the laundry. So far, in three years, no dirty laundry in the baskets have gotten wet.

  • Judy Judy on Jul 04, 2018

    Thank you everyone. Great ideas.