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Help with dirt entering cold room through vents - Pics included

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Help with dirt entering cold room through vents - Pics included

I have a cold room under my front porch with 2 vents exposed to the outside. There is a flower garden with top soil right below the vents and everytime the wind blows, dirt ends up in the cold room. Does anyone have suggestions on preventing this, aside from mulching or removing the flower bed? Ideally I'd like to get some kind of filter or cover on the outside that will still allow ventilation so that mold doesn't grow in the cold room.

Here is a pic from the outside. It's about 8-10 inches above the dirt.

[IMG]http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5266/578 ... fc_z_d.jpg[/IMG]


Here is a pic from the inside. Concrete is about 8 inches thick within the basement foundation.

[IMG]http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5144/578 ... a6_z_d.jpg[/IMG]


Any help is greatly apprecited.
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kasm wrote: I have a cold room under my front porch with 2 vents exposed to the outside. There is a flower garden with top soil right below the vents and everytime the wind blows, dirt ends up in the cold room. Does anyone have suggestions on preventing this, aside from mulching or removing the flower bed? Ideally I'd like to get some kind of filter or cover on the outside that will still allow ventilation so that mold doesn't grow in the cold room.

Here is a pic from the outside. It's about 6 inches above the dirt.

[IMG]http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5266/578 ... fc_z_d.jpg[/IMG]


Here is a pic from the inside. Concrete is about 8 inches thick within the basement foundation.

[IMG]http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5144/578 ... a6_z_d.jpg[/IMG]


Any help is greatly apprecited.
You can do a couple of things:

1) Lay down some cedar mulch over the soil. Not only will that help prevent soil erosion, but it also keeps the soil moist and controls weeds. And it looks great in a flower bed.

2) You can plant some fountain grass in that area that could act like a screen. It won't catch all the dirt, but will catch most.

Option #1 is better in my opinion.
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Thanks, but I plant annual there and it's a pain to do when there is mulch. Anyone else have ideas?
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Thanks for the suggestion. I'm concerned that stuffing it with a sponge will reduce air circulation, causing mold to build up in that room. I have tried a coffee filter but it does not stay in place. the other idea I had was to screw some sort of container to the inside wall to catch the dirt, mounting it so that it is easily removable so I can dump it periodically.

Any other suggestion are appreciate. Thanks!

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