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DampRid Moisture Absorber Products

Our Main Panic Enquiries go something like this..... !

We have sweating Cupboards OR we forgot to turn off the tap and flooded our bedroom floor OR Our Geyser burst and flooded the Kitchen....Will DampRid Help?

Apart from the normal things like hiring a high capacity fan or lots of elbow grease or trying Kitty Litter, all of which help to some extent, the embedded moisture levels have been increased by whatever catstrophe you experienced.
Use DampRid in the problem area and there's a high probability that over a month or two it'll absorb the excess moisture left in the floors or walls and restore things to an acceptable equilibrium.

Spilt DampRid.

We've noticed that this is searched for from time to time.Accidents do happen.
Don't leave it for later!
In the event of Damprid Spill we recommend that you start immediately and use plenty of fresh water in cleaning it up.
If it's spilt onto leather be very sure to rinse thoroughly with lots of fresh water.
Use a sponge or a mop to get the spill up and then rinse and repeat rinse a number of times with fresh water.( four or five at least.)
We recommend the Hanging Refresher for cupboards and wardrobes containing leather goods.

By the way, if crystals appear in the liquid dont worry about it as it's just a temperature change that's caused that to happen.
You can use running water to dissolve these crystals and flush away for the refillable items.
With respect to the Disposable products just ignore.

What is the DampRid formula used in the moisture absorber products?

DampRid is a non-toxic inorganic mineral salt named Calcium Chloride. As with all other household chemicals, DampRid should be kept in areas out of reach. DampRid does not emit any type of fume, gas or vapour of any kind.

DampRid is the best. Why?

When you open a DampRid product for the first time it contains less than 3% water in the molecule.Special packaging is used to preserve this state. Synthesised Calcium Chloride, typically contains more than 15% water. One will notice that DampRid completely transforms itself to liquid.Many of the competitive products reach saturation and display more of a hygroscopic behaviour than a truly deliquesant one.They look as if they're working but have in fact stopped.

How does DampRid remove excess moisture from the air?

DampRid's white calcium chloride crystals absorb excess moisture in the air, bringing humidity to an ideal and safe level of about 50 percent humidity. Once the optimal level is reached DampRid slows down, and will restart when necessary. Without excess moisture, mold and mildew will not grow and bad smells are also inhibited.

Why does my DampRid harden into a solid block?

DampRid is composed of calcium chloride, which is a type of salt product. Because of its salt properties, as it begins to absorb moisture it begins to swell thus becoming a hard solid mass. The salt is acting like a sponge pulling the water from the air and trapping it in the upper portion of the basket. When the upper basket has completely solidified and has absorbed as much moisture as possible, it will begin releasing the water to the lower chamber of the product.

IT'S NOT WORKING! I have been using DampRid for years and this has never happened before.

The absorption of excess moisture and the solidification of the salt crystals depend on the amount of relative humidity that is present. Mildew and mould require moisture to grow. The optimal range for growth is 70-90% relative humidity. When the relative humidity is below 62% mould does not grow. This product is chemically designed not to dry the air to a level that damages plants, animals, or clothing. Once the relative humidity drops below 50% the action of Damprid slows down and will restart again when necessary. This is designed to be cost efficient for the consumer because the product works when it should and not when it does not have to.

Why is there no water in the bottom container; is something wrong?

If the DampRid is hard it will soon release liquid to the bottom container. Please be patient and liquid will start forming below. Sometimes this will take up to a month, sometime longer, depending on how much excess moisture is to be absorbed. If the DampRid is hard it is absorbing moisture and in time it will release it to the bottom container in liquid form.

Why is my DampRid "Mushy"?

The calcium chloride may at times feel "mushy" before it drains because the weight of the liquid at the point of dispersement could not immediately overcome the center crease (in the hanging bags) or just at the drain slits (in the refillable container). (In the hanging bag) This is caused by the bag folding process during packaging. When the bag absorbs more moisture, the weight of the liquid should be enough to open the drainage point on its own. (In the refillable container), this may be caused by the hardened crystal formation that occurs occasionally due to humidity/temperature changes. This may cause the drain slits to become temporarily blocked. Allowing the product to continue absorbing without disturbance will allow the crystal formation to dissolve and allow proper drain flow. Thus the calcium chloride will harden and dissolve as usual.

"Avoid metal and leather" appears on the container. What is the danger?

DampRid is a salt product. If the liquid form comes into contact with metal for a long period of time, the metal will corrode. Similarly, the liquid can be absorbed by leather, which will harden and leave it wrinkled.

Damprid and Motor Vehicles.

We don't recommend having "open" Damprid products in your vehicles when travelling.
We would be concerned about possible spillage onto leather which, if not thoroughly cleaned, will cause damage.
However if vehicles are to be parked for lengthy periods-such as caravans and boats-then Damprid will stop internal sweating and condensation. Just remember to secure the Damprid before travelling again.

DampRid and Gun Safes

Use the FG100 which wont overflow when used up.
It's important to keep an eye on the catchment portion of the cannister and to replace the unit just as or before the crystals are all used up.
Never work with refillable systems in or near your gun safe.

Will the DampRid crystals and/or the liquid hurt my pipes?

No, the DampRid diluted liquid is safe for your pipes and is septic safe. We recommend that you flush the liquid down the toilet, first raising the seat before pouring.

What do I do if I accidentally spill some of the collected liquid?

Use a wet/dry vacuum or towel to absorb as much of the liquid as you can. Continue to pour regular tap water onto the spill to dilute the concentration of the liquid. If you don't dilute or clean the spot, the spilled liquid will continue to absorb excess moisture and the spot may get larger.

The liquid is rusty colored, is there something wrong with the product?

No, there is nothing wrong with the DampRid or your home. The rusty colored liquid comes from trace mineral deposits that are found in calcium chloride. It may not turn rust colored in every batch but it is normal if it does happen.

Why are the white crystals discolored?

Discoloration may occur because of some impurities in the manufacturing process of the white crystals. Also, as they absorb excess moisture, the crystals also pull any dust particles in the excess moisture into the Refillable Moisture Absorber.

How do I dispose of the DampRid liquid in the Refillable container after the crystals are used up?

DampRid is water soluble. To dispose of the DampRid crystals or the fluid contained in the bottom chamber, simply flush down a toilet, first raising the seat.

How many DampRid containers should I use?

This depends upon how much dampness is present and this can vary by location. Since the presence of musty odors indicates a mildew/dampness problem exists, we suggest you add a DampRid container to the problem area every few days until the musty odours disappear. You will have then found the correct number of DampRid containers to use. Check the package for suggested size of room for each individual product.

Hanging Moisture Absorbers

Do I cut the bottom chamber to empty the collected liquid?

No. There is no need to cut the Hanging Moisture Absorber. When all of the white crystals are gone,you can discard the entire Moisture Absorber in the trash.
However one can cut off a corner of the plastic pouch and drain the liquid away first. Be sure to thoroughly rinse the sink when done.

Do I break up the white crystals if they turn hard and form one solid mass?

No. This is a normal part of the process through which the white crystals absorb the excess moisture.

Do I break up the crystal mass in the lower chamber of the collected liquid?

No. This crystallization in the lower chamber of collected liquid occurs when there is a rapid temperature change. Do not squeeze or break up the crystal in the lower chamber. As the white crystals collect more moisture, the crystal mass will begin to dissolve.

What are the coloured beads in the top of the Hanging Moisture Absorber?

The yellow, lavender or orange coloured beads are fragrance beads that give the Moisture Absorber its scent.

Disposable Moisture Absorbers-The Allrounder

Do I cut the protective cover to empty the collected liquid?

No. There is no need to cut the protective cover. When all of the white crystals are gone, discard the entire Disposable Moisture Absorber in the trash.
However one can cut it away and drain the liquid away first. Be sure to thoroughly rinse the sink when done.

Is the Disposable Moisture Absorber spill-proof?

No, but the protective cover does help make the Disposable Moisture Absorber spill-resistant. If the Disposable Moisture Absorber is flipped over for an extended period of time the protective cover may become saturated and some of the collected liquid may seep out.

Refillable Moisture Absorber and 42 oz. Refill

Do I break-up or chip the white crystals after they become one solid mass?

No, this is a normal part of the process through which the white crystals absorb excess moisture.

There are salt crystals that resemble ice crystals in the lower chamber of the product. Why?

This can be caused by a sudden change in either temperature or humidity. To get rid of the crystals, run water over the ice crystals until the formation dissolves.

Do I need to empty the collected liquid before the white crystals have dissolved?

You may do this although it's not absolutely necessary.

Should I add more DampRid white crystals to the top of the container before they are all dissolved?

No. Please allow all the white crystals to dissolve before you add more, or else you may alter the absorption process or damage the plastic container.
You may also cause an overfull catchment tank which can spill.

Facts About Mould

Mould and Mildew are types of fungi. Moulds are found both outdoors and indoors. Outdoors, mould is important to the growth of all plant life. Mould breaks down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves or decaying trees and turns it into compost. It's nature's way of providing a natural food source for our forests.

Indoors, however, mould can literally destroy your home. Mould thrives on natural fabrics and materials found throughout every home and office. Mold attacks furniture fabrics, clothing, rugs and carpet. It grows on walls and ceilings under flooring and on many other surfaces in your home or office.

How does Mould Grow?

Mould needs water and food. It can grow almost anywhere there is water, high humidity, or damp conditions. Mould grows faster in warm temperatures and humidity. Moulds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. There are approximately 10,000 mould spores on the head of a pin. Mould may begin growing indoors when mould spores land on surfaces that are wet. Mould will not grow without excess water or moisture.

Am I Easily Exposed to Mold?

There are many ways you can be exposed to mould. You can breathe in mould particles if mould is disturbed or damaged. You can also breathe in tiny spores (similar to seeds) that mould may release into the air. You can touch mould and get it on your skin. You can swallow mould if you eat mouldy or spoiled food.

Can Mould Cause Health Problems?

Moulds have the potential to cause health problems. Studies by Harvard University have shown that between 40 and 50% of homes in North America have moisture and mould problems serious enough to significantly increase respiratory symptoms among occupants. Particularly susceptible are pregnant women, infants, the elderly, and those with pre-existing health conditions. For many people, mould exposure can cause irritation of the eyes, skin, nose and throat. Moulds can trigger asthmatic attacks. Moulds produce allergens which are substances that cause allergic reactions. In addition, a 1999 Mayo Clinic study implicated fungi, the plant group to which moulds belong, as the cause of almost all chronic sinusitis affecting 37 million Americans. Finally, some moulds produce toxic substances called mycotoxin that can damage your health. In high concentrations mould fragments, spores and mycotoxins can trigger symptoms even in individuals with no allergies.

How Can I Tell if There is Mold in my House?

In most cases you should be able to see the mould growth and smell a musty odor that is caused by mould. When checking for mould, look for signs of water damage. Wet spots, staining, dampness or other evidence of water leaks or damage may be a precursor to mould growth. If there is mould growth in your home, you must act quickly before the mould damages what it is growing on. Clean up the mould and fix the water problem. If you clean up the mould, but don't fix the water problem, then, most likely, the mould problem will come back. In some cases you may not be able to see the mould in your house. Mould may grow behind walls, above ceilings, under carpets and other places not visible to your eye. You may however, be able to smell it because many moulds emit a "musty" smell. If you have a musty smell, look for mould and clean the area.
Locate and Fix the source of the Damp before re-painting or carpetting.

For healthier indoor air in any room in your home, one of the most important things you can do is to control the amount of indoor moisture and humidity. To keep indoor air, fresh, dry and healthy, try DampRid moisture absorber products. DampRid is a convenient, safe and healthy moisture absorbing product that helps create and maintain fresher, healthier indoor air.

DampRid does not use electricity and does not act like an air conditioning system. It will not re-circulate contaminated air.

"Once you Experience it You'll Never want to be Without it! That's for Sure !"
Modified 2015-04-30