The Dangers of Excessive Moisture in Your Home
Perhaps you’ve see the signs. A lot of mildew, especially in the bathroom or cracking, peeling, or blistering paint on the walls and baseboards. You may have noticed that during the winter you get condensation on the windows and you may have even found mold growing in your bathroom or kitchen. All of these point to having too much moisture in your home.
Excessive moisture in house interiors can have costly impacts to your health, the structure of your home, and your wallet. It can keep your home from heating and cooling properly which leads to higher utility bills.
High humidity environments are a prime breeding ground for mold and mildew which can cause health problems. Another health problem that comes from high humidity in the home is heat exhaustion. This serious condition is caused by high heat which can be driven to dangerous levels by humidity.
Controlling moisture in your house is vital to the health and wellbeing of you, your family and your home.
Causes of Excess Moisture in House Interiors
There are a number of everyday activities that can increase the moisture in the air. Bathing, cooking, washing dishes, drying clothes, even breathing can make your indoor air more humid. If you have kerosene heaters or models that run on unvented natural gas that is another cause of excess moisture in your home.
One of the biggest causes of excess moisture and mold is windows and doors that don’t seal properly and walls that are not adequately insulated. Uninsulated pipes are also likely culprits. ‘
As moisture condenses it forms water droplets when humid, warm air comes into contact with a cool surface. Water travels. When it accumulates on the cool surfaces, it can run into corners, inside walls, and around windows or door facings. This can lead to mildew and mold. If it is not addressed promptly, it can grow and cause damage to your home including rotting wood and peeling wallpaper and paint.
How to Get Rid of Moisture in Your Home
Reducing moisture in your home should be a priority for health reasons as well as to maintain the integrity of your structure. You can use several methods to control moisture and keep humidity to a minimum.
Appliances like your stove, dryer, and kerosene heater, that produce moisture should be vented – preferably to the outside. When showering, turn on a fan or heater to keep moisture from collecting on surfaces. You can do the same when using your dishwasher and cooking as well.
Running your air conditioner or a dehumidifier can help tremendously when the indoor humidity gets too bad.
If you do see moisture accumulating on surfaces, wipe it up quickly and take steps to reduce the moisture. Condensation is a telltale sign of humidity so let it be a guide for you.
You can get a thermometer or home weather station that tells you the humidity inside. Keeping humidity between 30% and 50% is optimal. Run your AC if you notice the humidity creeping up.
Keeping an eye on the humidity in your home and staying ahead of it reduce your risk of getting mold and mildew inside.
Contact McDuffie Pest Control
Moisture and mold problems are serious. If you suspect you have excessive moisture in your home, we can help. At McDuffie Pest Control, we will inspect your home and crawlspace to identify any areas that are causing the humidity to rise in your home. Then we will work with you to develop a plan to reduce the moisture and get rid of any mold in your house. Call today and find out how we can help you.