Moisture is always around us. When it rains, snows or just within the air we breathe. Moisture can cause a lot of issues, including damage to your home but also damage to your health. In this post, we look at the problems moisture can cause and how to prevent it.
So what is moisture? When warm air comes into contact with a surface that is too cold, moisture condenses. So, when is moisture really a problem? Of course, we need moisture in the air to breathe, but excessive amounts of moisture in and around your home really can cause damage. Over time, if the air in your house is too humid, the result may be damage to the house structure, your possessions and possibly your health.
What are some easily identifiable moisture issues?
Take a look through your home and see if any of these issues are currently in your home. If so, you may have a moisture problem:
- Condensation or water is running down your windows and collecting into the window sill
- Frost is forming on your windows
- Mold or mildew is growing along the bottom of your walls or along the top or your walls
- Sections of drywall are swelling
- Water spots are noticeable
- Softness of drywall
How does moisture get into your house?
The most obvious way is through rain – either falling on a leaking roof, through a poorly-sealed wall, or potentially through your basement or crawlspace. Roof leaks are more easily detectable and should be repaired immediately. However, wall leaks and basement leaks can be more tedious to determine, as they likely are smaller cracks and it can take time to find the issue.
How can I prevent moisture in my house?
There are some preventable measures to reduce moisture, as well as, fixes to your home to help with moisture:
- Try to remove moisture sources
- Discontinue using humidifiers
- Use a dehumidifier in the basement during more moisture-rich seasons
- Review window sills and door frames to and replace any missing or cracked caulking
- Ensure all rain coming from the roof, gutters, or across the landscape is directed well away from your house
For your health and comfort, your home should have a good exchange of air between the indoors and outdoors. Without the air exchange, your home can accumulate moisture, mold can become a problem, cause damages and you can experience poor air quality, causing health issues.