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Water from Dehumidifier

Postby FlyTrapGirl » Thu Jun 02, 2011 8:45 pm

Is it safe to use water from a dehumidifier? We have one in our basement that we empty out every other day and we're wondering if that would be considered purified water?

Thoughts?

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Re: Water from Dehumidifier

Postby fuddmain » Thu Jun 02, 2011 9:00 pm

It's not purified. There will be some particulates in it, like stuff from the air and the humidifier coils. It should be low in dissolved solids and just fine for your plants. Many people use it.

Just clean the coils every once in a while and it should be fine.
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Re: Water from Dehumidifier

Postby rhopkins » Thu Jun 02, 2011 9:11 pm

I tested the TDS from my dehumidifier and found only 10ppm that to me is just about as good as distilled water. Thanks for helping me find a third source as well. I don't know why I did not think about that.
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Re: Water from Dehumidifier

Postby FlyTrapGirl » Thu Jun 02, 2011 9:29 pm

Thank you so much!
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Re: Water from Dehumidifier

Postby Steve_D » Thu Jun 16, 2011 3:01 pm

garethjones wrote:Don't use that water...

If it's just condensation (pure water from the air) and has only 10ppm TDS, why not use it? "Everybody says the same thing" is an argument that needs a justification or rationale. Everybody used to say that the Earth was flat. :)
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Re: Water from Dehumidifier

Postby wliu003 » Sun Jun 19, 2011 9:25 am

What if the water is from my portable AC? How would I go about testing the PPM? Thanks for the help, as you can probably tell, I'm new =p

Edit: After doing some research, AC's act as dehumidfiers and mine produces quite a bit of water, now I just need to test the water just to be sure. Cool thread!
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Re: Water from Dehumidifier

Postby Matt » Sun Jun 19, 2011 4:57 pm

wliu003 wrote:How would I go about testing the PPM?

You'll need a TDS meter. They can be purchased for around $15.
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Re: Water from Dehumidifier

Postby wliu003 » Tue Jun 21, 2011 9:01 am

Matt wrote:
wliu003 wrote:How would I go about testing the PPM?

You'll need a TDS meter. They can be purchased for around $15.


Borrowing one from a friend this weekend, cant wait to see how the water from my AC tests. Hopefully its something under 30ppm..
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Re: Water from Dehumidifier

Postby dantt99 » Tue Jun 21, 2011 5:54 pm

wliu003 wrote:Hopefully its something under 30ppm..

If it's under 50, you can use it :D
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Re: Water from Dehumidifier

Postby MICKEY » Tue Jun 21, 2011 6:29 pm

your better off using ro water for 35 cents a gal than to loss your plants,i don't use rain water because I don't trust it and it rains here 6 months straight
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Re: Water from Dehumidifier

Postby Shimizoki » Tue Jun 21, 2011 6:36 pm

MICKEY wrote:your better off using ro water for 35 cents a gal than to loss your plants,i don't use rain water because I don't trust it and it rains here 6 months straight

I just tested my rain water... ran off the roof and into a barrel... 100ppm. I'm gunna cry. Sticking to the Distilled water for now I guess.
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Re: Water from Dehumidifier

Postby fuddmain » Tue Jun 21, 2011 7:16 pm

Shimizoki wrote:I just tested my rain water... ran off the roof and into a barrel... 100ppm. I'm gunna cry. Sticking to the Distilled water for now I guess.


Since we've only recently started to get rain around here, it could be this batch of rain washed off lots of dirt, etc. from your roof. I would dump it and test again with the next rain. I will get ppm spikes in my rain barrel occasionally, although never near 100 ppm. The highest I've seen is 30 ppm. That was after an extended dry spell if I remember correctly. Usually it's 8 - 12 ppm.
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Re: Water from Dehumidifier

Postby BenWilliam » Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:29 am

My de-humidifer water generally tests around 0ppm to 7ppm. Basically negigible.
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Re: Water from Dehumidifier

Postby wliu003 » Fri Jul 01, 2011 10:32 am

dantt99 wrote:
wliu003 wrote:Hopefully its something under 30ppm..

If it's under 50, you can use it :D


tested out to be 77ppm from my AC. T_T
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